My given name is Douglas John Gill II. I was named after my father around the time I was born in February of 1981. I spent most of my childhood in rural area of northwest Ohio just west of Toledo, and some time of my pre-teens years in Indiana. I got fairly decent grades in high school, enjoying and excelling in subjects like History and Science. I also spent a lot of time picking up computer related skills during my high school days. I enjoyed working with computers but was unsure of what I would eventually do for a living. I began college in 1999 with no real focus, but taking various classes and working a bunch of odd jobs. I married my first wife in 2003 and we would come to have three amazing kids.
I wasn’t the greatest provider and I was certainly lost in regards to my responsibilities as a new husband and father. It wasn’t until I joined the United States Army in 2005 that I had started to ‘shape up’ and enjoy a job well enough to provide for my family. I was trained as a line-of-sight (LOS) radio operator (25Q), part of the US Army signal corps. Though they are antiquated, these systems are still used for sending traffic from one local node to another, however they’re no longer a primary transmission means. There are other more current systems being utilized for transmission such as direct fiber and geosynchronous satellite earth terminals (STT).
When I got to my unit (B Co. Sig Det 45th STB 45th SBDE) in Hawaii, I was assigned to a Joint Network Node (JNN) team. This Army system is a ‘server closet’ shelter filled with routers, switches, firewalls, call managers and encryption devices, that’s been mounted to the back of a HUMVEE.
During the next three years, which included a 1 year deployment to Iraq followed by a 1 year deployment to Afghanistan, I became familiar with Cisco systems, networking (25F/25N) and a firmer understanding of satellite communications (25S).
After I stepped off of Active Duty and into inactive reserves I began working as a contractor for U.S. Army CECOM at Fort Hood Texas. I was hired as an instructor for the systems I worked on while serving on AD. I taught basic networking while using Cisco products, how to quickly set up and tear down the equipment and also how to troubleshoot any problems that arose. I also started to master theory of satellite communications and began training soldiers on these systems. I spent a year drilling with a reserve unit out of Fort Knox in 2012.
It was during this time with CECOM that I separated from my first wife. I had become like Augustine, living a life of drunkenness and debauchery. I had many issues that plagued me from my time spent in the military and constant travel put strain on my marriage. I eventually turned into an adulterous and absent husband, one completely undeserving of a happy marriage. Though the divorce was difficult for all involved we’ve since made amends and she has since remarried an upstanding Christian man, a dedicated father/step-father.
While living by myself I began to develop a relationship with a woman living across the street. She was young and beautiful, and quickly garnered my constant attention. Though a bit of an age gap, we shared some common interests. We had many conversations, one of which she had revealed to me that she was a Christian. I, of course, rejected her belief system but that didn’t keep me from wanting to get to know her better. Unbeknownst to me, this woman had begun to lead me to Christ.
I did not grow up in a Christian home and I had many doubts about world religions. I was angry with a Creator I knew nothing about for the bad things that happened in my life. Yet because I really really wanted to get to know this young woman better I began to ask her questions about her beliefs. Eventually we began discussing the reasons that had kept me in my unbelief and through her words, and her sharing Scripture, the Lord began to lift the veil and soften my heart. Something had clicked and I began to see things differently. I had the desire to learn more about God and the things He wanted to teach me. I blazed through the Bible in a year, and quickly picked up on the overall story of God and His creation. I burned with such a zeal, absolutely on fire for the Lord, that first year I lost a lot of friends and became estranged with family.
Since then I have a passion to better know Christ and make Him known to others. I have long held the desire to enter the ministry in some fashion (teach Church History!), something I pray I might be able to do someday. I have been accepted to Reformation Bible College since 2017, but have yet been unable to move my family there and begin. Once trained there I hope to attend seminary and see where the Lord leads me from there.
The young woman who brought me to Christ married me in 2012, we have four beautiful children of our own. I currently work as a software developer in Memphis, TN but am seeking IT work near Sanford/Orlando Florida to begin classes.
Hobbies: Biking. Hiking. Reading Theology. Discussing Theology. Gaming.