Heather Larson

Hi, my name is Heather Larson.   I have a precious three year old son named Jacob and we live in the Chelsea Community.

Before attending Liberty, I was happily married for over 12 years.  We were preparing to welcome our son into our lives.  We had battled many years with infertility and finally we were going to be parents.  We began looking for a church home and started visiting Liberty.  The people were very courteous and genuine.  Life was good.   

In 2013, my marriage fell apart.  I was devastated and looking for answers.  I contacted the church office inquiring of counseling.  I met with Alan Kurkendall, Associate Pastor, and immediately knew I was in the right place.  The encouragement, love, and sound biblical counseling I received allowed me to walk through the journey I was facing.  I quickly enrolled in the Divorce Care program offered, and was able to begin my new journey towards being a single mom. 

Since that time, I rededicated my life to the Lord.  Jacob is flourishing in the Preschool program on Sunday, and I have created friendships with others, single and married, through the services offered especially through the Small Group/Life Group settings.   I currently facilitate a Wednesday night Hope & Help for the Single Mom bible study where I am able to walk with others and offer encouragement, prayer, and support to those who face the same day to day struggles.  It has not been easy yet I know I would not have made it this far without Liberty.

I would say to anyone going through a time in their life where they are searching for answers or wondering if anyone cares, Liberty does. The warmth and genuine kindness I experienced was refreshing and provided me a refuge where I could heal.   Life is difficult; through the sound biblical teaching from Pastor Tim and others, I have come to a place of hope and healing for me and my son and look forward to the future in Christ.  

The Lees

We are Josh and Layken Lee. Neither of us grew up here, but we are now proud to call Chelsea our home. We have been married for about two years and have been attending LBC for a year.

We were very excited to connect with Liberty. Before connecting with Liberty we called ourselves Christians, but we were really just drifting. We both realized something was missing in our lives, so we began to pray about finding our church home and the Lord led us to Liberty.

The Ice Storm of 2014 was the first time that we came to LBC. We were led here by a series of events and felt the Lord directing us to attend. Even amidst the chaos of the weather, we could feel the love at Liberty. We were greeted and invited to attend a Life Group (Sunday school), the following Sunday. We quickly were plugged in with many young married couples like us.

Since joining LBC, we recommitted our lives to Christ and were publically baptized. We continue to grow in our faith and in our relationships with other believers. We have forged friendships and consider Liberty our family.

The things that make Liberty special are the people and the conviction you feel to live a more Christ-like life. People matter to God and they matter to us too. 

 

The Lords

Hello, our names are Michael, Stephanie, Matthew and Andrew Lord.

A few years back we had just moved to the Chelsea area and we were looking for a church home where our family could worship, become involved, and grow in our relationship with the Lord.

We heard about LBC and visited a worship service one Sunday morning.  After visiting our family felt LBC was the church we wanted to be a part of.  We have found that Liberty is a church that honors Christ, loves others, and disciples Christians to have a deeper relationship with God.

Since joining LBC our family feels that not only have we grown closer as a family, but we’ve all grown closer individually in our relationship.  We’ve gotten plugged into Life Groups where we are able to connect with others and study God’s word in small groups.  God has also given us an opportunity to serve Him by leading a Life Group on Sunday morning.

Liberty is a church where you can worship God, connect in a small group to study God’s word, and have an opportunity to serve Christ.  We invite you to visit and experience what we have come to love about Liberty. 

The Valaers

Hello! We are Kyle and Jenna Valaer. We have a daughter named Piper and a son named Sullivan. We’ve been at Liberty Baptist Church (LBC) for just under two years and have really grown to love this church! I (Kyle) am finishing my Masters of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and anticpate serving on staff at LBC this summer. Jenna is a Physical Therapist who works through both Shelby Baptist Hospital in Pelham and Lakeshore Rehab Hospital in Birmingham. We will have been married for eight years this coming May and live in the Forest Lakes neighborhood.

Jenna and I grew up around the Auburn/Opelika area and met while we were both attending Auburn University. We got married during our final year at Auburn and then moved to North Carolina for Jenna to pursue her Physical Therapy degree at Elon University. Though we were heavily involved with our church in Auburn, we struggled to find and join a church in NC. When the opportunity arose for us to return to Alabama in 2011, we were so excited and made it a priority to find a solid church committed to the Gospel. We were able to do so and found a small group that really became like a family to us. It was during this time that we began to really understand the importance of community for spiritual growth.

We actually connected with Liberty when it was time for me (Kyle) to find an internship site for my degree program. The church we attended at the time had no internship available, and another one that I was initially committed to began to waiver on various details. As Jenna and I prayed, the Lord led me to contact Matt Adams, the Youth Pastor at Liberty, who was looking for an intern. Jenna and I visited the church, were so impressed with its welcoming spirit, and, as they say, the rest is history.

Jenna and I feel so blessed to be a part of the faith family at Liberty because that’s what it really is: a family. We’ve repeatedly talked with each other about how we’ve loved getting to know so many of the people who are at Liberty, and how being a part of Liberty has made Chelsea so much more of a home to us. We enjoy being at a place where we very often see other members out and about in the community, whether it’s shopping at the store or grabbing a cup of coffee. Though our families still live in the Auburn/Opelika area, we really believe being a part of LBC has made Chelsea much more of a home for us.

Our family would definitely encourage anyone in Chelsea and the surrounding areas to visit Liberty. First and foremost, it’s a church committed to the Gospel and making it known. From the preaching on Sunday morning to the small group discussions throughout the week, Jesus Christ is magnified. And the people at Liberty are some of the most welcoming and caring you’ll find. The preschool, children’s, and youth ministries are great, and the adult teaching and fellowship are authentic. And so if you’re interested in finding a place to connect and to do real ministry with genuine people, we would absolutely encourage you to come check out what God is doing in and through LBC. We hope to see you there!

Tina Roberts

My name is Tina Roberts. My family moved to Chelsea when I was 4 and I consider Chelsea home. I recently received my bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Montevallo, and I live in Birmingham where I work for an inner city non-profit organization called NorthStar Youth Ministries.

My family joined Liberty shortly after moving to Chelsea and we have been involved in Liberty ever since. I have two brothers and a sister, all of us very close in age, so we always enjoyed being a part of the body of Christ through activities and serving. The most pivotal point in my life was when I gave my life to Christ. I was coming home from church one Sunday night, having heard the gospel again and countless times before, but in the Lord’s timing I was prompted by His Spirit to seek and know Him personally.

I have served on the Chapel Tech Team for a handful of years, but recently God has called me to serve through teaching. It has been extremely humbling each week as I serve as a co-teacher for a 7th and 8th grade girls Life Group on Sunday mornings. Even though they are the ones “learning,” I feel I learn so much by investing in their lives!

Having brothers and sisters in Christ that intentionally point me to the love and grace of the Lord continually, having the opportunities to serve in the body of Christ, and growing in my personal walk with the Lord has a significant impact on my life. I am blessed to be able to call Liberty Baptist my church home.

The Lees

We are the Lee family, Lance, Jessica, Noah and Anna. We are busy, on-the-go, and always trying new things.  When we moved to the area in 2011, we needed a church where we fit in. We found it difficult finding a church with young couples with children.  We became connected with Liberty through a mom's ministry called, Moments for Moms. This ministry offered me, Jessica, the opportunity to get to know other mothers and that eventually lead to our involvement with Liberty. Now, Liberty has a large vibrant small group filled with young couples with children and we consider Liberty our family.  

Liberty has offered a lot to our family such as its children's ministry, women's ministry, small groups, men's events, and much more.  The people of Liberty have walked with us through great times, such as getting married and having children, and the difficult times.  We are so thankful to have Liberty in our lives.  It feels so great knowing that we have such a great church family to go through life with. Are you looking for a place for your family to fit in?  Liberty can be that place for you! 

The Kings

We are told in 1 Peter 5:8 the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. What does that look in real life? It can take on many different forms in the lives of God’s children. Here is the way it was fleshed out in ours.

We were married in 1991 and for the most part enjoyed a happy life together. We experienced some tough times - the loss of a father, financial set backs, job transitions, etc. God saw fit to bless us with 3 children between the years of 1994 and 2000. From the outside looking in, we had it all together. No one would have ever imagined there would come a time that our marriage would be threatened with the thought of divorce.

That time came in 2014 when discontentment turned to thoughts of finding happiness with someone else.  After several months of entertaining the thoughts and feelings in secret, the relationship that was formed was brought into the light. The reality of where we were in our marriage was not out of God’s reach. Exodus 14:14 was a source of hope for our family.  We battled the lies and deception of the world that told us our family would be OK and even better if we divorced. Even though God’s word gives Biblical grounds for divorce, we knew what He desired more was for us to seek repentance by turning from the lies and deception (sin) to the One who promises to make all things new. It was a very long, hard road, but by His grace we have been restored for His glory. By doing so He has used our story to give hope to other families who are fighting the same battle in their marriages.

Today, we are content in our marriage and experience true peace that comes from forgiveness. - Ricky and Becky King

 

Maggie Boggan

My name is Maggie Boggan.  I came to Liberty Baptist in 2007, searching for meaning in my life and there I met Jesus in a very real and personal way.  Before I met Jesus, my life was spent in the elusive pursuit of happiness but instead of finding lasting happiness I was often plagued with repeated cycles of: poor choices, abuse, anger, depression and addictive behaviors.

I realized that I needed something more in my life in the spring of 2007 after I had begun to recover from losing everything that I had previously thought was important – family, career, home and health.  In fact, I had thought of myself as a Christian since the age of nine and that I was just suffering “various trials,” as the Bible mentions.  I had only “known” Jesus, however, with a shallow, intellectual knowledge or perhaps with a temporary commitment just long enough to get me through a time of crisis.  For most of my life I had relied on the fact that I had walked down a church aisle, said a prayer and had been baptized as a child, thinking that these things would get me into heaven.  Not until I heard my pastor, Bro. Tim Cox, teach 1 John chapters 2 and 3, did I realize that I did not truly have a relationship with Jesus.  After understanding theses verses, I quickly came to realize that I needed true salvation which is only possible through a saving faith in Jesus (which requires a complete trust in Him) and repentance of my sins. 

On April 30, 2007, I wrote a letter to Jesus and thanked Him for dying for my sins and being raised from the dead, and I asked him to forgive me for my sins.  I asked Jesus to help me be steadfast in my repentance and to identify to me any unrecognized sins from which I needed to repent.  In addition to asking Him to save me from the penalty of my sins which of course is an eternal punishment in Hell’s fire, I asked Him for a few other things.

I also asked Jesus to allow me to minister to others based upon my life experiences and to allow me to experience all of the attributes of the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 at least once before I die.  My life has been much different since I began my new life in Christ at Liberty.  He not only saved my soul but He also has given me many opportunities to know and serve Him as a true Christ follower.  Even though I still have rough spots along the way in my life, I have His peace and I know that He will sustain me no matter what life on earth has in store.  I am now a child of God, a citizen of heaven, completely forgiven and fully pleasing to Him.  I still mess up but He gives me the grace to grow stronger in His love through prayer, Bible study and the wonderful Christian fellowship I have found at Liberty Baptist Church of Chelsea, serving in various ministries and short-term foreign mission trips. 

Since 2009, I have even been blessed to serve at Liberty as a certified biblical counselor.  I am now a widow and since my husband died in 2011, I have known the love and support of my church family in an even deeper way.  My late husband Sam also found Jesus as his Lord and Savior at Liberty and I know that I will see Sam again when my life on earth is over and I am also with Jesus.  Meanwhile, each day that I live is a gift to share Jesus with others and it is my greatest blessing when I am able to do just that.

Please join us at Liberty and I would love to meet you personally because it would be my special blessing to help you get connected with our local church body and to encourage your walk with the Lord in any way that I can.