Seminary took a toll on my family. That is probably not what you expected to hear but its true. I am eternally in-debt to my family for the sacrifices they made for me to finish school. My wife was extremely supportive when I had to read books, write papers, be gone for weeks at a time and stay up late to finish up a project. Charity was my biggest support and I am so thankful to you wife! My kids also took a blow during these last four years of their lives. Sophie came up to summer school once but in the other eight times I had to travel to Redding I did it solo. Leah is still young and may never remember but I will never forget the times I missed with them. Thank you girls for making the sacrifices for me. Thank you for letting me use our families resources and thanks for Skyping with me in the mornings when I was away; that kept me sane!
Thank you to everyone of you who encouraged me during these last six years. My extended family was super supportive when I would explain to them what I was learning; they always extended a listening ear to hear what God was doing in my life. They understood when I would have to leave family vacations to go to Starbucks and finish up a paper or stay up late to write one last book report. They also took their time, and resources, to attend my graduation and that was a huge blessing to physically have them all there!
South Hills Church Community
My Church was key in my completion of seminary! They supported me when I needed to take a day off to finish a paper. They gave me weeks (yep, weeks) off every year so I could travel to take courses. They understood the time commitment that was involved with seminary and they understood the Kingdom value of school. I didn't have to fight with them about the importance of seminary because they understood the value it presented in my life and the benefit it was to the Kingdom to train up leaders. More than that, I am so thankful that Pastor Brandon Gallup took the time to travel up to Redding for my graduation also! Church; thank you for believing in me, investing in me and all your support these last six years!
If you are going to take the plunge into seminary I was to remind you that you are not meant to do it alone nor should you ever think that you can! Seminary is costly (not just financially) and it requires a deeper commitment but if God is calling you to take that commitment start now because we are ever in need of Theologically sound pastors!