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 the rural northwest of the great state of Ohio, just west of Toledo. I got fairly decent grades in high school, excelling in only a few subjects such as History and Science. I also spent some time picking up computer related skills during those years as the PC became popular. Although I enjoyed working with computers I was unsure if it was what I would eventually do for a living. I began college in 1999 with no real focus, taking various classes and working a bunch of odd jobs. I married my first wife in 2003 and we have three children, all girls.
I wasn’t the greatest provider and I was failing at 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 before his conversion, 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 heavy strain on my marriage. I had turned into an adulterous and absent husband, one completely undeserving of a happy marriage. Though the divorce was difficult, we’ve since made amends as much as can be expected and she has since remarried to an upstanding Christian man, a dedicated father/step-father.
During that time while living by myself I began to develop a relationship with a woman living across the street. Though a bit of an age gap, we shared some common interests and immediately hit it off. As the friendship developed we had varying conversations, one of which she had revealed to me that she was a Christian. I, of course, balked at her belief system but that didn’t keep me from wanting to get to know her better. Despite my outright rejection, it didn’t stop her from sharing her beliefs with me.
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.