I attended BIOLA University, a Christian university, believing that God wanted me to be a pastor some day. My major was Bible. After college, I was a mathematics teacher at the secondary level. Then the Lord led me to be an aerospace engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company, later Raytheon, in the field of research and development of advanced radars, high-tech concepts and missiles. But my heart’s desire was to teach the Word of God and to help shepherd God’s church. I often said that I worked in the secular world in order to minister for Christ. So while working in aerospace the Lord Jesus called me to be an elder at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California. I was an elder there for almost ten years. John MacArthur was and still is the pastor of that church. While I was at Grace, I had a wide variety of ministry responsibilities ranging from teaching the Word of God, counseling individuals, working with the Logos Bible Institute, and oversight of various other ministries. Before attending Grace Community, my wife and I were members of the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles while Dr. J. Vernon McGee was the pastor. We were also on staff at Thru The Bible Radio Network.