I sensed God's call to pastoral ministry when I was fifteen years old. Having recently been converted to Christ, it was the only thing I believed I could do and should do as I strived to follow Christ obediently and be a good steward of the gifts that the pastors of the church confirmed were in me. Upon my conversion, the church became my home. As a newborn infant in the faith, the church became to me a mother, father, brother, sister, and friend. Through my parents' divorce, my father's death, and my nomadic childhood—I had moved around the country at least sixteen times by the age of sixteen—the church was to me a cradle, a home, a community, a schoolhouse, a shelter, a hospital, and a rescue mission.