by Laura Barclay,
KBF Communications, Networking, and Interim Missions Associate
It is with a reluctant heart that I submit my resignation as Communications, Networking & Interim Missions Associate. For over a year and a half, I have been proud to work with the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship on Extreme Builds nine and ten, a Partnership Celebration Tour and fundraiser for Morocco, two Spring Gatherings, Suzii Paynter's tour of our state, the promotion of a new Worship Curriculum, continuing communications for our Fellowship, and the completion of a successful interim time that expanded our partnerships.
I leave KBF effective August 28 for Highland Baptist Church in Louisville to become their Interim Young Adult Minister. I look forward to serving Highland in this way, as this church is so integral to my ministerial identity. I left the church after a very conservative Southern Baptist experience that excluded women from ministry. I found Highland Baptist in college, which opened the door to divinity school at Wake Forest University, and my time spent with both the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina and the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. I will also continue my studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in obtaining a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.
As Highland is a KBF church, I do not think of this as an end with our Fellowship. Rather, my role is shifting to focus on serving one of the member churches. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:12: "For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ." That is how I think of our fellowship--many parts of the Body of Christ doing work for God's kingdom. I am excited to continue our work together, albeit in a different capacity.
I am so very excited for the next chapter in KBF life. Though I have only had the pleasure of working with Rhonda Abbott Blevins for a short time, I know her infectious energy, innovative ideas, and broad experience will be a blessing for our Fellowship. I would not have been comfortable leaving KBF if I was not so impressed with her leadership and passion for growing our network.
I want to thank the staff, council, churches, and volunteers I have worked with for the last few years. It says a lot about our Fellowship that our ministry expanded during the interim phase, and that is completely because of your hard work and dedication. Thank you for letting me serve alongside you and I look forward to continuing our journey together in Kentucky Baptist life.