I came into the WWCOG San Antonio congregation at 11yrs old in 1969 with my mother, Billie Jean Thompson. I began playing hymns at Elder Jim Mortenson's suggestion to Pastor Roy Holiday at 15 yrs old in 1973. At 18yrs old I won 2nd place in the 1976 Pasadena YOU Talent Contest and received a 2yr full boat scholarship to Ambassador College. Decided against attending the unaccredited Ambassador College in favor of University of Texas at San Antonio. Discontinued regular church attendance meeting and marrying Laura S. Thompson in 1980, and graduating UTSA with a BBA in Finance.