About Kay: Kay has attended Villa Heights Baptist Church since 2015, and she has worked in the office since August 2016. She loves being a part of Villa Heights and is actively involved in the music ministry. A Michigan native, Kay lives in Roanoke with her wonderful parents, her grandmother, and her five younger siblings.
"My mother and grandmother were faithful to teach me about Jesus, making the gospel clear to my young mind. Although I was very young, I remember being asked at two different times whether I wanted to ask Jesus to come live in my heart. And I distinctly remember saying no, I wasn't ready yet. At the age of three, I asked Jesus to come into my heart. That day, as I sat looking out the window at the bouncing shadows cast by the bird-feeder, I felt dirty. I knew that it would take Someone greater than me to make me clean again. I knew that Jesus was that Someone, and sitting together with my mother on the floor, I opened the door to Him. And He came into my heart.
(My conversion, recorded by my mother)
(We were so excited! My mother called our friends around the block, and they made me a "Happy Birthday in Jesus" cake.)
When I was twelve, my grandfather, who I was very close to, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He could make an adventure out of anything, and he had spent his life serving God in missions overseas and as an administrator for SEND International. I didn't understand why God would allow him such an agonizing, tortuous road. He passed away in August 2009, two years after the initial diagnosis.
(Grandpa and me)
Grandpa was a strong Christian and glorified God in his death, but I struggled to make sense of why it happened and really questioned the goodness of God. I remember skating one day, utterly miserable, staring up at the mezzanine floor above and wondering how effective a jump from the height would be at relieving my pain. Horrified at the thought, I turned to God and prayed, "God, I need You. If You want me, I am Yours. Please save me." And our Lord did so. From then on, I began to grow in the Lord and to be discipled.
My family moved to Roanoke, Virginia in November 2009, three months after Grandpa's death. The Lord's hand of provision and guidance was on us all the way. I know that God planted us right where He wants us, and I am thankful. I began attending Villa Heights Baptist Church in 2015 and became a part-time staff member in August 2016. Thank You, Jesus, for allowing me to be a part of Your family and to serve Your church as secretary!