Pete Rambo, 48, recovering seminary trained pastor. No, seriously. My background is pretty diverse. I was raised on the missionfield in Colombia, SA by parents who love and serve the Lord. Teen years, while living back in the US of A, I invested a couple of summers in mission trips to Mexico and England. I have known since those days that I was to be in ministry, though ran from the calling for a long time.
I graduated from Erskine College and entered the US Army expecting to be a career officer. Yahweh had other plans. In the spring of 1991, after returning from Desert Shield/Storm with the 82nd Abn. Div., I met my future bride, Kelly, a dental hygienist for Dentac. We married in January 1992 before I left for Ranger School. I like to say our ‘honeymoon’ consisted of me visiting desert, mountains and swamps before graduating, while she stayed home to begin recovery from a near fatal parachuting accident involving 12,000 volts!! Ah, the life of the military.
Needing to stay closer to her and help in her disability, I left the military in ’93 and bounced through various businesses and positions while avoiding the call to ministry. Finally, in 1998, at the time of my father’s funeral, I submitted to my patient Father and went the ‘traditional route’ to seminary, etc. In 2002 I graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Columbia International University’s Seminary and School of Missions and began pastoring a small Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in central South Carolina. I was there for ten years and then after a short interim, I began helping to lead a Messianic Fellowship in Prosperity, SC.
During most of my life I have had a particular interest in eschatology (end times events/prophecy) and in understanding truth. (I used to be a conspiracy theorist… now, I am a conspiracy factualist… ) In my quest, I began to run into pieces of information that challenged my very conservative traditional Christian religious perspectives. Only when I began to pray earnestly for Yahweh to show me TRUTH did He move my focus from geopolitical events and onto a close scrutiny of what I now call ‘Churchianity.’ As I learned how far the Church had moved from the simplicity of the Book of Acts and the clear teaching of the Word, I became convicted of the need for a personal reformation.
I am still learning how to truly follow Paul (1 Cor. 11:1-2) in the Way (Acts24:14), but I believe much headway has been made through coming out of Babylon (Rev. 18:4) and embracing the Hebrew roots of my Messiah and walking as He walked. The blessings I and my family have enjoyed as a result of obedience to the whole Word of God are innumerable.
My entries on this blog are for the purpose of sharing my journey as well as explaining that which I am learning. Please read, enjoy, and even test what I am finding. What do the Scriptures really teach? How does that compare to the doctrines and traditions of men that we have been handed?
May the Spirit of Truth guide and guard your heart.
Another quick note, Kelly and I now have a family of four boys. We (She!) homeschool and raise the boys on a micro farm where, in addition to following Messiah, we can learn and practice skills in self-sufficiency as it relates to food. We have dairy goats, a greenhouse wherein we raise tilapia in an aquaponic system, honey bees, raised beds, laying hens, fruit trees, etc…
Travis Hughey (soon as I can twist his arm enough… but he is a lot bigger and wiser than I am… LOL!)