I was saved in 1980 at the age of 22 and started attending the Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, California, immediately becoming involved in street witnessing to high school kids in my hometown of Lancaster on Friday and Saturday nights. This led to my getting involved with the church youth group and the church had just started a discipleship training group called Jonathan Training, which I also joined. It was an in-depth study of the Bible and this got me right into the Word of God, contributing greatly to my spiritual growth through the years. During this time I became involved with a home group Bible study and eventually started a group in my own home which grew and split into two other groups with leaders coming from the original group. I became involved with missions work, smuggling Bibles into Red China on three different occasions, going to South Africa and Sweden on outreach ministry trips with the Vineyard Church, led by Brent Rue, my mentor and friend. Brent has long since gone to be with God but his spirit has stuck with me all of these years and has drawn me back to God, even when I have strayed. Brent's example of forgiveness and acceptance has always made it easy for me to receive God's forgiveness and I thank God for putting Brent into my life. In the fall of 1985 I was asked to attend the Vineyard School of Ministry which I accepted, attending that school for one year. The school had a different approach to schooling; we did classroom studies six days a week and also worked together in groups, doing a variety of tasks. Teachers were brought in from all over the world and we were taught different aspects of the gospel from many different cultures. We did a lot of hands-on practicing of the gospel and also participated in outreach trips to Northern California, Oregon, Washington and the Philippines. After completing courses at the Vineyard School of Ministry, I became of member of the staff at the Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship and in May of 1987 became an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.