About Longhaul Preacher

You know me as "Longhaul Preacher," but that is just a monicker I remembered from back in my pilot car days that seemed to fit, a man of God on a long journey to discover himself, the nature of God's love, and the importance of putting God and family first. Here's how it all began.
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40 Years in the Wilderness

It all started very early in life…

I was one of the youngest acolytes in the Oregon diocese, serving at St. Lukes Episcopal Church with Father Chester “Chet” Shulda. The bishop, Father Chet’s good friend, came to visit and, after service, turned to “whisper” to him, “Watch that boy. He will grow up to be a priest.” It did not take me long after that to develop a temper and start on a long, hard road running from that calling. Along that road, I became an alcoholic, trying to quiet my own guilt and shame as well as the anger I felt towards hypocrites and false prophets… and God. From that childhood kid to an adult of 40, I ran until I fell, exhausted, at His feet. From that point forward, I have worked hard to do all the Holy Spirit asks of me both in His service and to work on changing me. Redemption does not come without repentance, and repentance requires the acknowledgement of a need for healing and change.

The Road Home

In 2009, working in a community garden, God sent me a vision of a new ministry, Dirt ‘N’ Nails Farms. It was to be a rehabilitation facility for homeless families and the home base for teaching people to grow at least some of their own food in any situation instead of relying on food banks, as well as sending all extra farm production to food banks and meal centers. That same year, the Spirit sent me back to college for a Master of Arts in Counseling. Six years after that, I would return again at the Spirit’s nudging to get a Master of Divinity, the “Pastoral Degree.” And now, still having found no “leader” for Dirt ‘N’ Nails Farms, I return a third time for an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Christian Ministry. Where this road goes from here, I do not know, but at the start of this road was a little baby girl, our one and only child, Freya. She has been my inspiration for the entire Longhaul Preacher theme of God first, family second, and self last, and I can only pray that God continues to show me how to be a good and loving father just as He is our good and loving Father.

My Beliefs & Values

Most denominations continue to use the Nicene Creed as the base of all beliefs, and I am no different. I believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, both one and separate. Beyond the Nicene Creed, however, is the following focal points…

Unity/Family

“I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” – John 17:23, NASB

Love

“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” – 1 John 3:18, NASB

Salvation

“And having been made perfect, He bcame to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.” – Hebrews 5:9

Repentance

“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:10

Eternity

“And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.” – Revelation 14:6

“Repentance is not saying, ‘I am sorry.’ Repentance is saying, ‘I can’t do this anymore. Please save me from myself.'”

– Monte “Longhaul Preacher” Pescador

O.F.A.Q.

Oddly Frequently Asked Questions

Do you really need to go to seminary to preach the Gospel?

The short answer is no. We are all called to be disciples making disciples. The longer answer, however, is that it helps. Seminary is a lot broader and deeper than any Bible study you could do on your own or in a group plus specialty classes in things like missions, counseling, and such.

What denomination is “nondenominational”?

Seriously? But really, this question does come up. Short answer is that it is in the name, as in “not affiliated with a larger denomination; stands alone.” Denominations splintered off of the original Catholic Church, including the split between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, based on differences in theological opinion. Nondenominational, to me, means “We don’t know for sure, but this is what we believe and we want you to challenge us to dig even deeper.”

What other denominations have you lived with?

I grew up in the Episcopalian church. My first attempts away from there took me to the Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) as well as Wicca and Druid friends. When my grandfather died, I looked even closer into Japanese Buddhism. All the while, however, I went back to the Bible to clarify the oddities I was seeing in each, including the changing Episcopalian teaching, finding them all to contradict God’s Word and the nature of man.

Doesn’t that confuse your theology?

Not really. Philosophy, like the subsection of philosophy, science, is about questions more than the answers we get from them, and nothing brings about more questions than looking at two religions side-by-side. It also presses me to dig deeper, to get to know God more and more. I do, however, find it interesting to see how many religions believe a few of the same things.

How can you be sure you are correct?

Also like science, there is no way to know I am 100% correct. Theology is a study of God’s Word, not an absolute understanding. It is a practice. How long did it take for you to become convinced you truly knew everything about your parents or your grandparents? It takes time to know and understand our Father, and I accept that I may not be right about something. At the same time, while I am challenged to look deeper into a subject, I would hope that the person believing I am wrong would do the same.

Can you perform a funeral or wedding?

You’re thinking of that line “By the power vested in me by…” often still used in denominations and on TV. You don’t need to be ordained to do such a thing, legally speaking, since it is more about being a witness to the marriage with the ceremony being extra. Same is true for a funeral. As for before God… Anything I do, I try to do for His kingdom and by the authority of the Holy Spirit, therefore, yes, I would be willing to perform a funeral or wedding, but at the direction and discression of the Holy Spirit.

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