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Peter Kennedy's Testimony
I grew up in Portland, Connecticut where I regularly attended an Episcopal Church. I joined the choir and later became an alter boy. After high school, I went to the University of Virginia on a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship. I graduated in 1976 with a B.A.in Environmental Science and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. I reported to flight school in Pensacola, Florida where a friend of mine invited me to a local Presbyterian church. The following Tuesday, a couple of men from the church visited me at my quarters and asked me "If I were to die, do I know for sure that I would go to heaven?" That night I gave my life to Jesus Christ and was born-again. Fellow students involved in the Navigators helped me grow in Christ. When I transferred to Norfolk, Virginia in August 1977, I attended a Presbyterian church in Virginia Beach, Virginia and was discipled by a dear friend for a year. In November 1978, I transferred to San Diego, California and reported aboard Naval Air Station Miramar as a Naval Flight Officer flying the E-2C aircraft. I quickly became involved in the San Diego Navigator ministry to Naval Officers. I deployed on the USS Kitty Hawk from May 1979 to February 1980 and again from April 1981 to November 1981. During both deployments, I led an interdenominational Bible study for the officers on board.
In January 1982, I felt God's call to attend seminary and continued part-time graduating with a Masters of Theological Studies in 1988 from Bethel Seminary-West Campus. Following seminary, I realized my call was one of a tent-maker, to minister after the normal business day. In October 1991, I was asked to teach night Bible school in Tijuana, Mexico. From January 1992 to June 1993, I was the dean of a Bible school in Tijuana while the resident missionary, who had founded the school, was on sabbatical. In August 1994, I took a job as a civil servant, working as an Environmental Protection Specialist on an admiral's staff, ensuring naval air stations remained in environmental compliance. I graduated with a Masters of Science in Environmental Management in September 1995 from West Coast University. In November 1995, while working as a civil servant for the U.S. Navy, a friend of mine sent me a devotional that she had received by email. I realized that there was a need during the workweek for Christians to be encouraged in their walk with Jesus Christ. Devotional E-Mail formally started in April 1996 and has subscribers throughout the world. I am now the Pastor of Operations at New Venture Christian Fellowship in Oceanside, CA.
In February 2011, the new Devotional E-Mail site added a prayer bank, Bible encouragement, and “ How To Know God” section. The purpose of this web site is "to encourage Christians in their walk with Jesus Christ".
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Sincerely, Peter Kennedy