Growing up in a Christian home, I developed a relationship with Jesus at an early age. Since I was a teenager, people found me easy to talk with; they would share their concerns for advice and prayer. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 in Psychology and Sociology. I graduated from Bethel Seminary with a M.Div. degree in 1996 in Pastoral Care and Counseling. In 1996, I also received my Pastoral license to preach from the Assemblies of God and in 2012, I was ordinated through the Assemblies of God denomination.