From Pastor to Programmer

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March 8, 2023, 7:21 a.m. | Zackry Langford

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My inspiration for switching from a non-tech career to a career in tech was all about timing and necessity. As a full-time pastor in a local church, I enjoyed the challenges and opportunities to help people in their relationships with God, but I left the ministry in 2019 when it was clear that my family needed me to be home with our children. So, I became a full-time stay-at-home dad. 

As my youngest son approached kindergarten age, I started thinking about how I would spend my day when all of my boys were in school. It was around this time that I discovered the Cloud Systems Administration bootcamp offered by my alma mater, Indiana Wesleyan University. Intrigued by the world of Linux, the cloud, and programming, I quickly became hooked.

I started spending every spare moment learning new skills and pursuing knowledge, and before long, I began to think about how I could use these new abilities to launch a career. I quickly realized that there are many opportunities to help and serve people, similar to what I experienced in pastoral ministry.

Now, just over a year later, I am ecstatic about the possibilities!

Switching from pastoral ministry to technology was a significant transition, but the skills I learned as a pastor have helped me in this new venture. I learned the importance of clear communication, empathy, and a commitment to serve my community and clients. 

I'm proud of my journey and my ability to find a new path in life that allows me to pursue my passions while helping others. As I continue to learn and grow in this field, I am excited to see what the future holds for myself and my family!