New in Student Ministries!

New in Student Ministries!

Posted on August 22, 2017

BY KRISTEN RAVES, DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

Kathy Craig

We are thrilled to welcome Kathy as our Associate Pastor of Student Ministries at 146th Street. Kathy joined us a little while back when she and her family and began attending our Fishers campus. She befriended the one-and-only Joey Christianson (well, that’s a pretty common name so maybe not the “one-and-only”) through her role with Hamilton Southeastern Young Life. Joey boldly shared with Kathy that she and her family should consider calling Grace home after getting to know them. Kathy said, “We were quite moved by that so we decided to stay and I’m sure glad we did.”



Kathy finished my undergraduate work at Stony Brook University in New York and then moved on to get her Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She’s been married to her awesome husband Steve for 17 years and they have two kids: Alexandria (Alex) who is a freshman at Fishers HS and Jesse who is a 1st grader at New Britton Elementary.

Before joining Grace, Kathy was an English Teacher for 18 years in various middle schools and high schools in both urban/multicultural and suburban settings. After that, she felt called to full-time ministry and was serving as the WyldLife Director with Hamilton Southeastern Young Life before coming on staff full time with us.

In her off time, Kathy enjoys reading, writing, learning, eating (share your local faves in the comments below), going to movies her husband, mowing the lawn, exploring museums, taking walks, and chasing her crazy (she said that, not us) kids around.
How did we know Kathy would be a great fit for this role? Because she loves to laugh and share that freedom with others. She’s definitely been given a gift to create a culture and atmosphere where others, from all different backgrounds and cultures, feel the freedom to be real and know that she is in it with them.  
 
When asking Kathy what one of her biggest hopes is, “I hope to create a culture where our team can feel the Holy Spirit and move accordingly. I pray that everyone feels the freedom to take risks, try new things, and know that I am their biggest cheerleader.  As a result, I believe this will pass onto our students, and help them build the foundation of a dynamic relationship with Christ that lasts for a lifetime.”

Kim Gossard

Let’s all welcome, Kim, our new Director of High School Small Groups at 146th Street. Kim may be new to staff, but she’s no stranger to Grace. Here’s a bit more of her story and how she came to join us…



Kim is originally from Zionsville, IN. After graduating, she went to Indiana University where she met her amazing husband, Marc. They have two beautiful children, Braedon, a junior at Noblesville High School, and Taylor, an 8 th grader at Noblesville West Middle School. Up until about 5 years ago, they were attending the Family Worship Center in Kokomo, IN (that’s where we want to go, way down in Kokomo… Fun Fact: the Beach Boys totally made this up because Kokomo is not actually an island off of Key West). So, back to Kim. They wanted to find a place in their own community, closer to home, where their kids could attend a youth group and flourish. They all knew from the first time they attended Grace that it would be their new home. Kim started serving in Merge over a year ago and now volunteers as a small group leader for freshman girls. Kim said she was so drawn to Merge “because it is the most rewarding and fun ministry to be a part of,” and that she absolutely loves her girls and has grown just as much as they have. Kim told us that she is, “grateful every single day to be a part of this life-changing ministry.”

In her off time, Kim loves doing Crossfit, boating with her family, walking, playing with her dogs, reading and traveling. Kim is a lot of fun, so we’re guessing she has a lot of 7 in her (Enneagram folks, you get it).

Kim has a unique story. In fact, we’d call her a walking miracle…literally. Six years ago, she was working for a general contractor in a rickety old apartment when she fell from the second story all the way to the concrete floor in the basement. So many awful things could have happened and she was inches away from hitting her head on the cast iron tub, but she fell in the best way possible for this scenario. Unfortunately, she broke her back and tailbone and spent many months in the hospital and in rehab. She says that God not only spared her life that day, but He completely healed her! Her daughter, just 7 at the time, said, “Mommy, God carried you while you were falling.” Wow, He sure did!

When asked what she hopes to achieve as a new staff member, Kim says, “I just want to accomplish God’s will. I know that may sound like a generic answer, but I am trying to be an open vessel and I want Him to use me for whatever He wants. I can’t wait to see what He has planned. My favorite verse is Psalm 31:3: Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. That’s the posture I want to have and I can’t wait to see what God does.”
 
Please take a moment to leave (comment below) Kim and/or Kathy a note of love and encouragement to welcome them in their new roles.

Feel Moved to Serve?

If you are excited by what our newest Student Ministry staffers have to say and want to be a part of it, we invite you to learn more about our Middle School Ministry here and High School Ministry here. You can also sign up to serve at any time! Even if you're not sure what your fit could be, contact Kim or Kathy and they'd love to help you find it!