No one told that pastor "This is not how it works!"
Almost 50 years ago, some well-meaning Christians proposed that if God didn't like it, God could change it. Problem is, 50 years of working under that assumption has shown the exact opposite. No one changes. It's very disappointing how few "Christians" care to be bothered by the facts we get from simple observation.
I love your balanced approach to your story, and the work you put into finding the facts behind your faith!