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1.What was life like before coming to Christ? What about before going to Bible College? (The more specific, the better!)

Life before coming to Christ was a mixture of good and bad. I had been living life my way for 53 years. I had a beautiful wife, a home, a good job, three college degrees, and a blended family with 3 children and 3 step-children. I also had a bad drinking problem, anger issues (road rage), and relationship problems both at home and at work. Life was good in so many ways but it was also starting to fall apart and I desperately did not want that to happen. I loved the good things in my life and hated the bad things but did not know how to stop.

On July 13th, 2012 at about 5:00 in the evening I was drunk once again. I was feeling horrible, sick, and my wife was upset with me. I was sitting in the bathroom (the only place I could be alone) disgusted with myself and had nowhere to go or no one to turn to for help. I was thoroughly dejected. It was then I decided I had nothing to lose. I did the one thing I had resisted all my life but like I said, I had no one else to turn to.

With my face in my hands and tears in my eyes, I said “Jesus, please help me. I can’t live like this anymore. I want to stop but I can’t do it alone and I need help. Please, Jesus, come into my heart and help me. I leave it in your hands, Lord, amen”. Then I went and passed out.

Two days later I had my last drink. I just stopped! I couldn’t believe it; I did not want it anymore. I had no cravings, no withdrawals, no desire for it at all. I just walked away from it like I had never had a drink in my life. Then over the next few months Jesus cured my anger issues and gave me patience, and He fixed my relational issues. All during this time I was falling in love with Jesus. I was developing an amazing relationship with the one Person that helped me when no one else, including myself, could.

I started going to The Rock Church and World Outreach Center on March 31st, 2013, Easter Sunday. I answered the altar call, completed my 5 weeks with SPT, and started getting involved at church. My life was getting better and better. I started getting the itch for Bible College that summer and signed up to start classes January 2014. My wife, who was thrilled with all the change she has seen in me and was glorifying God for answering her long time prayers for my salvation decided that she wanted to join me in Bible College to get closer to Jesus even though she had not been to school in over 40 years.

2. When did you realize God was calling you to be in Bible College? (Was there a moment in church, at home, while you were reading the Word?) Please describe this moment in detail.

I don’t know if there was any one specific moment that I realized I wanted to start Bible College. I think it was more of a series of events. As I started to get connected in the church I would meet new people and they were much more knowledgeable about Jesus and church than I was. Many of them it turned out were either in or had finished Bible College. I started to ask a couple of them about their college experience and realized this was a way for me to exponentially increase my learning curve. I was desperate to know more about Jesus, about my new Friend who saved me and delivered me from my demons. I started talking to my wife about Bible College and that it was calling me. She also expressed an interest in attending. I already had an AS degree, a BS Degree, and an MBA degree from the University of Redlands and was not intimidated by college so that was not a deterrent. I am so proud of Diana though as she (as previously mentioned) had not attended school in over 40 years. When I started looking into the cost of TRBC my jaw hit the floor. It was so reasonable I couldn’t believe it. I had spent nearly $100,000 for my previously mentioned degrees and was still paying down my student loans. I could pay for TRBC for both me and my wife, out of pocket, and it would not even affect our monthly budget. That was the final kicker for me and both my wife and I signed up.

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3. What moment in Bible College was the most impactful and life-changing? (How has TRBC propelled you into the future you’re living right now?)

I think the most immediately impactful moment was my Biblical Authority class, (I believe this class should be required for all Christians). Had it not been for what I learned in this class I may have very easily gotten myself fired after the position I held in my company was being eliminated and they wanted to transfer me to a new position I absolutely did not want. Words cannot express how badly I did not want this position. It was a step backward for me into an area of work I did for 10 years even though I would be working at a higher level. Biblical Authority taught me to submit and obey my leaders as they have been placed over me by God and carried His designated authority. So I knew I had to not just obey, but obey with a cheerful heart. I did, I honored God and cheerfully accepted my new position. I caused no waves, had no attitude and moved into my new cubicle. That was nearly three years ago and I can say that I am a lot happier in my new job than I ever was at my old job. As I honored God, He honored me. God knew I needed this change even though I was reluctant. The old me would have made a stink about it and likely would have ended up unemployed. Thank you, Lord, and thank you TRBC.

4. What part of your story would be most encouraging for the person reading your story who feels stuck, lost and hopeless?

I think the most encouraging part of my story is that I trusted God and God came through in amazing ways. When I cried out to Jesus as a hopeless and desperate alcoholic Jesus showed up and showed up big in my life. Within one year I was a completely different person. When I trusted God to guide me in my decision to enter Bible College he lead me through a progressive series of events that showed me that Bible College was right for me. When I trusted God with my career He came through and positioned me to be happier, more productive, and a greater asset to the company I had loved for 18 years. Many times throughout my two years in TRBC I had to trust God to get me through assignments, papers, reading, getting to class, helping my wife if she needed clarification or an editor, helping my fellow classmates through their struggles, Orbund (My TRBC), studying, work, family issues, getting it all together, keeping it all together, and the list goes on and on. God got me through it all and not only strengthened me, but also strengthened my marriage, strengthened my business relationships, and gave me new Godly friends through it all. He kept me focused on my studies, but did not allow me to forsake the important things in my life. The bottom line is Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), also trust what you learn at TRBC and apply it in every aspect of your life; what you learn will carry you through every situation because it always points to Jesus.

5. What would you say to someone who wants to go, but isn't sure if it’s for them because of their circumstances, challenges, past history? (And they have the same circumstances, challenges, past that you did prior to going to Bible College.)

I would encourage everyone of you that is being called to Bible College by the Spirit of God to not let anything hold you back. When I started classes I was the least among all in my class. I knew so little because I was so new in Christ. But I had this burning desire to know Jesus more and I did not let anything keep me from my Him. You need a Philippians 4:19 attitude that says, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Costs are extremely reasonable, past history means nothing because you are a new creation in Christ Jesus, and remember, the devil will always put stumbling blocks in front of you because he hates you and wants you dead. He certainly does not want you to grow in the knowledge of who you are in Christ. Do not believe him if he says your too old, or you can’t do it, or you have too much on your plate, or you can’t afford it. Take a leap of faith, put your trust in God, and you will be amazed at where you will end up at the end of this amazing journey. As for me, I ended up the 2016 Valedictorian, my wife graduated with high honors and a GPA of 3.98…how far will you go?

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