Meet our New Church Intern: Grace Pike
For the last two years, we’ve received a church intern through Midwestern Seminary’s Timothy Track program. This year’s intern is Grace Pike. We’ll be affirming Grace as a member this Sunday, but wanted to introduce her via our blog. We’ve asked her to answer a few questions so you can get to know her a little better. Take some time to read this and go out of your way to welcome her.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have been a follower of Christ for the past five years. Since my conversion in 2013, I have been happily and consistently learning, growing, and serving in the context of the local church. As I continually grow in the grace and knowledge of my Savior Jesus Christ, the ferventness of my prayer to bring people from all nations into the everlasting, joyous satisfaction of knowing and worshipping Him grows as well. Filled with this concern for the advancement of the Kingdom, it has been my desire not only to place my own complete trust, joy, and hope in Jesus, but to also share the good news of the richness of God’s undeserved grace and mercy to those who have not yet heard or understood it.
In May of this year, I graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a B.A. in Religion; a degree I attained for the purpose of following God’s call to vocational ministry. With passion for and experience in missions and various mercy, worship, and women’s ministries, I am delighted to steward the responsibility building up the body of Christ while adhering to the principles of biblical womanhood.
In obedience to the Lord’s leading, I recently moved to Kansas City from my hometown of Birmingham to pursue my Master of Divinity at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It is my hope that this education paired with my continued involvement in the local church will equip me to better love and serve the Church now into eternity for the glory of God.
How did Jesus save you?
Upon getting a glimpse of the glory of God, one cannot help but be transformed. Though predestined in love for adoption into the family of God before the foundation of the world, I heard the gospel of my salvation in early June of 2013 and came to believe in and submit to Jesus Christ as Lord. This beautiful and transformative message came through reading the Bible, visiting a gospel-preaching and Bible-believing church, and spending time with a small gospel community who demonstrated the love of Christ and answered each of my questions by pointing me back to the Scriptures.
God, being rich in mercy, granted me the grace to see His glory and be transformed by it; taking me from a quiet universalist to a confessing believer in Jesus Christ as the only way (John 14:6). In other words, God took me from blindness to sight, from hatred of Him to love of Him, and from death to abundant, eternal life. There was nothing I did or could ever done to deserve this gift and, as Romans 3:23-25 speaks to, it was made possible only by the loving sacrifice of Christ.
What excites you about serving in our church?
Liberty Baptist Church holds a special place in my heart. I consider it a great honor and joy to be serving here! A large part of this connection and excitement is due to how clearly the Lord placed me with this church body.
One of the biggest things that God used to draw me to Midwestern Seminary is a program called the Timothy Track. This is a program offered to full-time, residential students seeking mentorship and experience through partnership with a local church during the first year of their MDiv study. Though Timothy Track internships are often designed for men who desire to pastor and preach, an email mentioning opportunities for women to join the program and receive training in other areas of ministry caught my eye and I applied. As the first woman accepted to participate in the Timothy Track, there were many conversations to be had and aspects of my internship to be considered. The main priority became finding a place I would call home not only for the year of the internship, but throughout my time in seminary.
Though I heard of many solid churches and spoke with kind pastors, when I connected with LBC God distinctly set this body apart. From the website, to the sermons, to the pastors, the church’s emphasis on the glory of God and the pairing of doctrine and devotion quickly drew me in. In addition to alignment with my personal emphases, a conversation with Pastor Nathan not only confirmed that LBC would be a good place for me to learn, but also to serve.
After much research, dialogue, and prayer, my desire for placement at LBC became a reality. Now that I am officially LBC’s intern, I am excited to join in as a small part of the amazing work that God is doing here. Getting to know the people of this congregation and to learn more about how this church body functions has already blessed me immensely, and I look forward to soaking in and pouring out similar blessings throughout the next year (and beyond).
What do you enjoy doing for fun?
There are a great many things I enjoy doing for fun. Some of my favorites are singing, working on my fiction novel, jogging in the rain, discussing theology, watching The X-Files with my boyfriend, watching sunsets, reading a good book, drinking tea, writing letters, and traveling.