Will Willimon has served at Duke University in a variety of roles for decades, but he always left to continue his calling as a Methodist minister.
He knew from an early age that he had a special connection to God.
"I think I always had an extraordinary sense of the divine," he said.
Though, he said that his fundamentalist upbringing in rural South Carolina scared him off from faith for a while.
"I sort of decided that Christianity was for people who weren't very good at thinking things through," he said.
When he went off to Wofford College, he was exposed to a religous studies professor who helped him see a different view of Christianity.