Jake Adkison had his whole life planned out: he wanted to be an engineering major and play college football. But God wanted something else for him. Read how the Lord turned Jake’s thoughts toward ministry and guided him to be a pastoral ministries major at PCC. “I grew up in a Christian home. I was saved at the age of eight, but between the time of my salvation and my call to preach, it was a battle between what I wanted and what God wanted.
In sixth grade, I gained assurance of my salvation. But that next year, I entered middle school. Attending the local public school, I began slowly moving away from God and was picked on for being a Christian. At this point, I took a nosedive to learn all I could about things of the world.
When I was a junior, our church visited PCC. I had never heard of the school and thought a trip to Florida would be fun. At this point in my life, I was seeking to be an engineering student and maybe play football, but God had other plans for me.
While visiting PCC, it was awesome to be in a place with so many people that loved God. After visiting the school, surrendering to the ministry was in my heart, but I just tried to ignore it.
My junior and senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to be involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. Again, I felt the Lord calling me to preach. Then the night before one of our studies, I was preparing and knew that God was talking to me. For the last few weeks, I had discussed how God could use anyone, from Rahab to Paul. I knew that God wanted me to surrender to the ministry and that God could use anyone—even me.
Attending PCC, the Bible classes have been so profitable. As a product of the public school system, I was never around much Bible knowledge. Everything I knew was from personal devotions and church. These classes have been humbling and educational.
After graduating from PCC with a pastoral ministries degree, I hope to attend Pensacola Theological Seminary and be part of the graduate assistant program while I get my master of divinity. After that, I will go wherever the Lord leads. This is what God wants me to do.”