Ordained Minister And Trucking

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Christopher L.'s Comment
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Here is my dilemma, I am an ordained minister, but I am sick of medial jobs that I cannot make a career out of. I have wanted to drive a truck for as long as I can remember, but have always been talked out of it. The problem lay in that I cannot be a pastor and a truck driver without being home daily. I cannot start out with a local route as most are OTR for the first year or so.

I need help on what to do. If I could get a job where I am off on the weekends that would work, but I doubt those are available to someone who has to go through a company to get his CDL.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pacific Pearl's Comment
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The Lord works in mysterious ways. What city are you closest to?

Christopher L.'s Comment
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The Lord works in mysterious ways. What city are you closest to?

Columbus (1 hour), Cincinnati and Dayton about (about 1.5 to 2 hours). I am directly south of Columbus in Chillicothe

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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I see Less Than Truckload (LTL) in your future. Starts at $17.50/hr. while they train you to get your CDL then goes to the Teamster's pay scale once you have your CDL. As a linehaul driver you will usually drive nights to deliver trailers to nearby cities then haul other trailers back to Columbus. You'll have days and weekends off (usually finish your week Saturday morning and start on Monday evening). You'll have to start on the extra board filling in for other drivers who call in sick or take vacation days but after a while you'll have enough seniority to bid on a regular run on your own. You will have to declare your work hours against your 70 hour clock (will be explained in CDL Academy).

Lucky you, they're hiring drivers in Columbus:

Linehaul Driver CDL Academy

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Steve L.'s Comment
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If you’re committed to this, I recommend worrying about the weekend thing later.

The Columbus area (especially Grove City) is rich with freight and trucking business. When I drove for Schneider, I got loaned out to the Washington Courthouse Walmart dedicated many times.

We can’t tell you what to do, but the Moderators will give you information to help. As for the decision itself; make the best decision for you and your family.

I grew up going to church, but I know this; my relationship with The Lord is stronger than ever because of this journey.

I hope this helps.

PackRat's Comment
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You need to get in contact with Dr. Tim Ridley. He can talk to you with knowledge on what you're seeking, and about your dilemma.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I'd say Praise the Lord and pass the CDL exam. You can serve God by being a positive influence on the road. When I was driving OTR , I saw so many wonders of creation to thank God for.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I'd say Praise the Lord and pass the CDL exam. You can serve God by being a positive influence on the road. When I was driving OTR , I saw so many wonders of creation to thank God for.

Very well said. So good to have you back around, BK.

I remember 'mobile' chapels, when I was out on the road with family, in my younger days. Do they even exist nowadays?

Maybe the O/P could get his CDL and run one?

Anyway,

Christopher, L. ~ Howdy, and welcome from a fellow Buckeye & family!!

Here's some good reads, for now:

Best wishes, God Bless~

~ Anne ~

ps: When you're 'closer' to 'jump,' here's the BEST application, around:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I remember 'mobile' chapels, when I was out on the road with family, in my younger days. Do they even exist nowadays?

Yes, there's a number of Truck Stops that have them.

Laura

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Many TA/Petros have Trucker Chapels on site. CFI has a drop yard in Columbus and would train you for free.

My trainer found a Church to go to every Sunday. He didn't care about the denomination.

If this is what you want, go for it.

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