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StoryCorps Atlanta: One Ex-Pastor’s ‘Pre Mid-Life Crisis’

Erica Schoon and Dustin Lemke at StoryCorps Atlanta
Erica Schoon and Dustin Lemke at StoryCorps Atlanta
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Dustin Lemke grew up as a proud and active fundamentalist Baptist in rural Arkansas. At 16 he became a pastor, at 18 went off to Bible college and at 20 married his classmate.  But deep down, he knew things weren’t exactly adding up.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, he tells friend Erica Schoon about a major turning point in his life and his struggles to keep his life remain the same while accepting who he was.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps Booth.