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I was born in [[w:Riverside, California|Riverside, California]] in 1966. My family moved to [[w:Murray, Kentucky|Murray, Kentucky]] in 1976, and then to [[w:Houston, Texas|Houston, Texas]] in 1978.
I was raised in [[w:Church of the Nazarene|the Church of the Nazarene]], but began studying Orthodoxy while working on B.A. in Theology at [[w:Southern Nazarene University|Southern Nazarene University]] in [[w:Bethany, Oklahoma|Bethany, Oklahoma]]. I decided to convert not long after graduating from there in 1990. I was baptized at [http://www.russianorthodoxoklahoma.org/ St. Benedict Orthodox Church] in [[w:Oklahoma City|Oklahoma City
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I wrote an article entitled [http://orthodoxinfo.com/inquirers/tca_solascriptura.aspx Sola Scriptura: In the Vanity of Their Minds], which laid out many of the theological reasons for my conversion. This article was published in the Christian Activist in 1995, and then was published in a revised and somewhat expanded form by [[Conciliar Press]] in 1996, under the title [http://conciliarpress.bizhosting.com/an_orthodox_analysis_of_a_protestant_bastion_private_interpretation_of_scriptur.html Sola Scriptura: An Orthodox Analysis of the Cornerstone of Reformation Theology].