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Thankfully, I learned from someone that the type of undergrad degree one got had no bearing on being accepted into a seminary.

So I switched my major to art (painting) and also began taking a number of music classes (classical guitar) still with goal of attending seminary and becoming a pastor.

While in college I participated in off campus ministries such as nursing home visitation and evangelism.

It is a very brief history of how I entered seminary and became a parish priest. The church was packed with laity and clergy, friends, and family, all celebrating the momentous occasion.

Ten years ago on April 22nd I was ordained a priest right here at Saint Alban’s Church by our bishop, the Most Rev’d Walter H. I remember fighting back tears (just as I had to do at my ordination to the diaconate six months earlier) when we began to sing Down Ampney (“Come Down, O Love Divine”).

The Rev’d Canon Chandler Holder Jones, SSC (now “Bishop” Jones!

) preached, and the Rev’d Raymond Unterburger (now “Rev’d Canon” Unterburger! The bishop’s chaplain was the Rev’d Canon Rob Tregenza, Ph. The story of how I was ordained, however, goes back a lot further than ten years.

In high school (a Christian school) it was suggested to me by a few teachers that I might have a vocation to full time Christian ministry.

When I went to college (a Christian college) I majored in history with the goal of teaching at a Christian school.