Where did you grow up? How did where you grew up contribute to preparing you for life in small-town pastoral ministry?
I grew up in a suburb of Denver, Colorado and really was a “city girl.” My sole claim to “rural” experience was a high school boyfriend who was from a small Nebraska town and was raised on a ranch. I visited their home/ranch occasionally and “experienced” ranch life when I knocked my boyfriend off a tall stack of hay bales trying to back up his pick-up for loading — the clutch was not my friend! Tom tried to teach me to ride horseback — that horse knew I was no ranch-hand and proceeded to gallop away with me only to stop on a dime in front of a fence, pitching me across. Fortunately, only my ego was hurt.
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