When God called me to pursue ordination in the Anglican Church, He also called me to go to a specific place for the next three years of preparation for ministry—Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, in Ambridge Pennsylvania (in the Diocese of Pittsburgh where the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, Bob Duncan, is now seated). I was overjoyed to learn that there was an Anglican seminary that was both theologically orthodox and spiritually alive. Going to Trinity in 1986 was a great adventure for Jen and me and our new baby, Andrew, who was six months old when we started there. God did many amazing things in getting us on the ordination track and in providing an excellent place in which to prepare for ministry in His church. I learned by first-hand experience that when God calls He also wonderfully provides.
Once we arrived at Trinity, I began to be exposed to people who shared the same faith in Jesus to which I had been drawn and yet expressed their faith in very different ways. At times this was very challenging for me. But I needed to be stretched in this way. One day I was struggling in ... continued