Kathy McConnell

When I was in 7th grade, during a youth retreat, I became aware that I was not a Christian. I learned that:

  • I am a sinner (not perfect like God) because of who I am and what I do.
  • My sins separated me from God and demanded a penalty.
  • God sent His son, Jesus, to die on a cross for me as my substitute, because He loved me so much He did not want me to remain separated from Him.
  • It was necessary for me to personally ask Jesus to forgive me of my sins and invite Him into my life to become my Savior and Lord.

I had to make this decision. No one could make it for me. That night my spiritual journey began after I told Jesus I was sorry for the things I had said and done that were not pleasing to Him (repented of my sins) and invited Him to live His life through me as my Savior and Lord. As a 7th grader, this was the best decision I had ever made. Many years later, it is still the best decision I have ever made. I am a child of God, God helps me through my life, and I know I will spend eternity with Him in Heaven after I die.

While I was teaching Child Development in Marshfield High School, the director of Choices Pregnancy Center, Theresa, presented information to my students encouraging sexual abstinence before marriage. She also explained the services Choices offers to pregnant women. When a pregnant student goes to Choices for assistance, Theresa, along with her caring staff and volunteers, come alongside the student throughout her pregnancy offering instruction, spiritual and emotional support, in addition to providing maternity and baby items.

Recently, I was asked to prayerfully consider joining Choices Pregnancy Center as a board member. I believe that God has placed this opportunity in my life for a purpose; and I have the support of my husband, Sid, and my three adult daughters Kaitlyn, Jami, and Chelsea. I look forward to joining the Choices leadership team as we work toward fulfilling its mission to edify, educate, enable, encourage, and equip families to make wise decisions and raise the next generation to fulfill God’s purposes for them.