I had the privilege of being homeschooled from age six until I was seventeen. For a short period of time my family lived in Kenya where I attended the Rift Valley Academy. But besides those nine months, I was at home. Homeschooling fostered in me a love for learning and an excitement about the world. It also gave me a great deal of freedom to study my Bible and grow in my relationship with Jesus. I graduated a year early and headed off to Bible College when I was seventeen years old.
In 1999 I enrolled in Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, California. My peers at that time were Tim Chaddick, Dominic Balli and my wife Melinda. The time I spent at the Bible College was deeply rewarding and planted in me a life long love for the Bible. One of my favorite professors, Bob Hoekstra, passed away in in 2012. In 2001 I graduated with an Associates in Theology.
In 2003 I enrolled in the undergraduate program at Faith. They accepted all of my credits from Calvary Chapel Bible College and set me up with a degree track that allowed me to take more Bible and some general education courses. After three major stops and starts I completed my degree in 2011. Yes, I managed to spread two years into nine years. I graduated from Faith with a Bachelors of Arts in Religion.
In 2012 I enrolled in GGBTS with the intention of completing a Master of Divinity degree. The seminary has an extension campus in Brea, California which is reasonably close to my home. In 2013 I stopped attending GGBTS. Most of that story can be found in this blog post. In 2015 I enrolled in a Master's program at Faith Evangelical Seminary. My education is ongoing at Faith.