By: Tom Gibbons
March 23, 2021
Devin: I was saved after an Awana club meeting when I was five. The gospel was clearly presented, and I responded to the leading of the Holy Spirit. I confessed my sin and acknowledged that I needed to be forgiven. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and attend church regularly where the Bible was taught fully. I was baptized at twelve years old to publicly identify with Christ out of obedience. When I was eighteen our family left the church after a falling out. At that time, I drifted away from God and did my own thing for a while. During that time, God was still working in my life. He used that time away from Him to show me how much I really needed Him in my life. At twenty-two, God made it very clear that I needed to get my life in order, and I surrendered my life to Him. God began calling me to ministry at that time, though I did not know what it would be. I knew I needed to go to bible school and get training and education. I left my job and went to Northland International University. I spent one year there and transferred to Baptist Bible College, now Clarks Summit University, where I finished my education. I have always known that I needed to be involved in ministry. I am excited to see what God has for me and my family next.
Kati: I had the privilege of being born into a Christian family. My parents were in full time ministry, so I grew up going to church and having family devotions and spiritual conversations as a regular part of my everyday life. When I was four years old, I prayed to ask Christ into my heart during family prayer time. I believe at that age I understood that I needed salvation. However, a few years later when I had the ability to understand more about the Gospel, I had doubts. I suppose that is somewhat normal for those of us who profess salvation at such a young age. I am confident that I was saved at age 4, but it wasn’t until I was preparing to be baptized at age 8 that I really felt assurance of that salvation. As I’ve grown older and continued to learn more about God and His Word, my knowledge of saving grace and sanctification have deepened. As an adult, I’ve really come to understand the extent of my own sinfulness. Even though I grew up in a Christian home and was overall a “good person” throughout my life, I am fully aware that my heart is wicked and that it’s only God’s grace that has kept me from playing out that sinful wickedness to its full extent. I’m grateful for God’s love and mercy that drew me to Himself, redeemed and justified me and continues His work of sanctification in my life.
Devin and Kati have been accepted with the GMSA as candidates to work in the home office. They, along with their daughters, Evelin (7/15/2014) and Thea (9/12/2019), will be joining the office staff in June of this year.