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 Kuykendall, 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 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 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

 

Laura Dempsey

The day before Thanksgiving I was involved in a devastating car wreck. I sustained multiple broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, and had to be resuscitated.  I’m not supposed to be here, but God had other plans. I have seen first hand what his unwarranted grace can do, and I am reminded of that grace daily.  - Laura Dempsey

Natalya Drake

"My life before Christ was like an endless journey looking for happiness in all the wrong places, leaving me always empty and hurt. I grew up in a country where God was forbidden. I lived in different places and that freedom cost me a lot through bad decisions. A past broken with painful regrets involving divorce, drug abuse and three abortions, I came to America.

Here I met two Christian friends who accepted me and met me exactly where I was with the love of Jesus Christ. They shared the gospel with me and gave me my first Bible. More than anything they loved me even throw knowing all my sins. One of those friends, Holly, told me about the ministry SavAlife Shelby after I shared with her that I had abortions in my life. In the moment when I came there, God became real to me as I felt that He cared about lost soul like me. I started attending a Bible study called "Forgiven and Set Free". God used this class to change my heart, to save my soul, and to give me grace! After twelve weeks I was new creation in Christ and my past lost hold of me. 

Through this class I was invited to Liberty Baptist Church which became my first church family ever! Since then, this family just keeps helping me grow deeper and deeper into loving my Savior Jesus Christ and the people who He died for. There, I started helping teaching fifth grade girls at kids ministry and I loved it!

This year is the first time I am leading the Bible study "Forgiven and Set Free" and I cannot be more excited to see ladies being healed by learning about God‘s love and grace! God used my salvation to draw my husband and my sister to Himself. And because of my sister‘s testimony, my grandfather excepted Jesus Christ before he died! That’s the God I serve... the God who saves sinners like me and people who lived all their lives in USSR not knowing about love and grace like my grandpa!" - Natalya Drake

Josh and Melissa Boggan

"Josh and I spent the better part of ten years asking God for a baby, yet relied on our own understanding in almost every aspect of our marriage. Finding out that our marriage wasn't invincible, a marriage would never survive unfaithfulness and disobedience without submitting to the Lord. And ours didn't. After our divorce was final, we learned that while still attempting to "fix" our marriage our way, we had conceived the miracle that we had waited for. 


God doesn't change His plans because of disobedience. 
 

After having ours eyes opened, we experienced true repentance and a reconciled marriage that only God could have ordained. We are wholly restored and are now the family that God had planned for us from the start." - Josh and Melyssa

 

Wendy Gifford

"My name is Wendy Gifford. I wish I could sit here and say I’ve always made the right decisions, and said the right things, but that would not be my story.

 My story is that I was married before to an abusive man, who was having an affair. When I left him I found out I was pregnant. I felt trapped, scared, for myself and my baby. Instead of turning to God in prayer, I listened to the voice of the father of lies and made the worse decision of my life. To abort my baby.

 The after effects of my decision would haunt me from the time of my decision until I participated in Abortion Recovery AL (ARA). I realized that all the feelings I was experiencing, worthless, empty, lost was because I had not asked God to forgive me. I thought God would never forgive a sinner like me. But through ARA I realized that was a lie Satan wanted me to believe. God was always there waiting for me to come to Him, broken and ask for His forgiveness. Once I made the decision to turn to God, He forgave me and took my sins away as far as the east is from the west. At that time, I also prayed that He would open the door for me to help others see what a merciful and forgiving God He is. Much to my surprise, I was invited to get involved in ARA as a facilitator. I felt God was blessing me through my obedience. I want you all to know there is forgiveness, and you too can be set free.