About Me (a little more in the way of bio)
I’m Clay Libolt, a retired pastor. Genesis and I have a history together. I studied theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. After Calvin, I attended the University of Michigan, completing my Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in 1986. A few years before I completed my Ph.D., I applied for ordination as a pastor in my denomination. A member of the seminary faculty remembered a paper I had given years earlier on Genesis. He asked me if I still held the views I held when I wrote the paper. When I said yes, my path to ordination was flagged. After a long public examination in front of a packed auditorium, the denomination decided not to ordain me because of my views on Genesis, views which are now taught in the same schools I attended. A few years later, the denomination changed its mind, and I was ordained, serving most of my ministry as the senior pastor of a single congregation in Michigan–31 years in all. All through my ministry I have been reading and reflecting on Genesis. There is always more to learn. Join me in these explorations.