So the full version of my story is here: https://biologos.org/blogs/brad-kramer-the-evolving-evangelical/growing-up-evangelical-my-story-of-making-peace-with-evolution.
The short version is that I grew up in a conservative Evangelical family and community where I knew literally nobody that accepted evolution and was also a Christian. We weren’t committed firmly to a position on the age of the earth, but it was just sort of assumed that evolution was an enemy of Christian faith (and nearly unthinkable that a “real Christian” could believe in it). In high school I remember debating my agnostic friend about evolutionary science, even though I had nearly no idea what I was talking about, beyond reciting talking points from the ID movement. Eventually I came to a place near the end of high school where the combined pressures of doubt about the Bible and doubt about Intelligent Design arguments nearly cost me my faith.
Thankfully, in college, a couple of key people helped me put the pieces back together in various ways: Francis Collins, Tim Keller, and a great OT professor. I began to see both science and faith in a different way. And, I think in a larger sense, I began to see the problems with the way in which my faith community had engaged culture, and how often it tended to backfire. I remain really embarrassed about how badly I overestimated my understanding of the science, and how easy it was for me to mistake arrogance for piety. So by the middle of college, I was solidly in the EC camp, although I was still working out the details.
After college I went to seminary, and I specifically picked a school that would allow me to openly pursue research about how to understand Genesis in light of modern science (a lifelong passion). I wrote my senior thesis on the “great deep” of Genesis 1:2-3, in ancient and biblical context. After seminary, I tried to start a Sunday School class on Genesis and science at my church, only to be met with bewildered reactions and even questions about my salvation. I then served at another church and got similar reactions.
I see my work at BioLogos as a pastoral calling, to try to help people understand how anti-evolution creationism actually works against faithful Christian witness in a scientific age. I still have a lot of questions and doubts that I’m working through, but I’m immensely grateful for the BioLogos community where questions are seen as good and healthy things.