As it turned out, his pastor was right.
But when his pastor told the Rev. Robert Bistline that he was destined for the ministry, the recent high school graduate didn't believe him.
"I had a hometown minister who suggested I had a pastoral calling," said the Rev. Mr. Bistline. pastor of Zion United Church of Christ. "I didn't believe him at first."
Each year, the challenge is different.
In 2016, a pastor agreed to either run or walk from Zion United Church of Christ, 900 Winter Hill Rd., to Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church on May Post Office Rd. Last year, one pastor had to sing the other pastor's favorite hymn during a hymn sing in September.