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Our Reconciliation with the Catholic Church


Early years

My (Jeff) parents provided a loving home for my four siblings and for me. We grew up on a small, working horse farm in Michigan’s thumb area. Our blue-collar household was characterized by a healthy work ethic, polite manners, and biblical morality.

During my latter teen years, I benefited from a relationship with a dynamic pastor who took a positive interest in me. Consistent church attendance, positive peers, pastoral discipleship, and (I’m certain) the prayers of many added to my spiritual formation.

As a college freshman, I decided to major in pre-dentistry studies. But as I commuted between my parents’ home and campus that year, I realized that a career in dentistry was my choice. My new found growth in God’s grace began to challenge me to consider not just what I wanted to do, but what might God have designed for me as it pertained to vocation. I sensed that God wanted me to pursue a vocation in pastoral ministry.

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