I went into the ministry in 1972. Ted Armstrong was out, then he was in and then in '74, when I was working in Chicago during the Great East Coast Rebellion, he was out and I got fired by association with my boss, the Regional Director for whom I was his man Friday.
Got rehired when the dust cleared for me personally and I wanted to go on in ministry. In my mind, I really thought that my generation of ministers would mellow and balance the church. LOL. Sorry about that. I was naïve. But by 1975 I was pastoring my first two of 14 congregations, Findlay and Mansfield, Ohio. From then on, it was one scandal, drama, trauma after the next and I wondered while driving my 60,000 miles a year visiting what I had gotten myself into.
Yet I believed the Bible as seen and understood through the eyes of the WCG. It was better , it seemed than my Presbyterian perspectives which left out, it seemed, whole parts of and topics in the Bible. I really wanted it to be true. I thought that after HWA died, and I always thought he would, the church would mature and the beat would go on better and better than ever. We know how that went!
But there was that one thing, always in the back of my mind and it was personal between me and my dad. And it was this.......
I had also been accepted to the Roberts Wesleyan Theological Seminar in NY but choose AC for various reasons. I only mention this to say that I wanted to be a theologian type minister and had no idea AC had not concept of proper theological teaching in the history, background, origins and composition of the Bible. Had I gone to RWTS, I suspect I would have learned a more realistic view of the Bible and probably had my mid-life exit from it much earlier.