Having been born in India, I grew up in Macomb, IL, where my father was a Mathematics professor at Western Illinois University. Though my parents were devout Jains, they did not indoctrinate me and my sisters. As a child, I had some exposure to Christianity but knew very little about specific Christian beliefs.
As a college-student, I pursued New Age teachings and practices. While engaged in such activities as meditation and hypnosis, I also had exposure to some Christian beliefs through friends, books, and occasionally going to church. After reading some books that explained the dangers of the New Age movement, I became more interested in Christianity. God led me to read some apologetics books that presented me with evidence for the historicity of the Resurrection. Through that reading and a tract on my car windshield, God opened my eyes and brought me to himself in January of 1990.
I believed in God’s raising Jesus from the dead and asked Him to save me. God led me to Calvary Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN, where I was living and working at that time. Pastor Bob Bradberry baptized me by immersion there about 3 months after I was saved and I became a member following my baptism. He also got me started in door-to-door evangelism soon after I was saved and opened up his personal library and ministered extensively to me.
Pastor Bradberry brought me to visit Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, in the spring of 1991. My application to study the Bible at BJU was accepted, and I came to BJU as a teaching graduate assistant in the fall of 1991. After 5 years as a graduate assistant, I completed an MA in Bible. I then served for six years on staff at BJU.
God then directed me back to pursue a PhD in New Testament Interpretation at BJU. I taught Greek as a graduate assistant for three years while doing my coursework and graduated with that degree in May of 2010.
I have been attending Mount Calvary Baptist Church since I first came to Greenville and became a member in 1996.
My testimony concerning music: From Heavy Metal, Soft Rock, and Pop to Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs