My name is Katie Kepley and I recently started working for NLEC at their Springfield location called the Veteran’s Coming Home Center. I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. My mom remembers me saying from a very early age, “I just want to help people!” I graduated from Evangel University with a Master’s in Counseling hoping to do just that. Instead of seeking to get my license, I felt a call to ministry and am currently working towards ordination. Along with working for NLEC, I also pastor at The Well Church and have worked with recovery ministry. I am single and love to dote on my german shepherd/lab mix named Vader.
Towards the beginning of this year, I started praying about having a job in full-time ministry. I had a great paying job that I hated and knew I had to leave. My pastor had heard about an opening at VCHC and told me, in no uncertain terms, that I had to apply. I interviewed with Chris Rice and found that many of my experiences and my education could serve the ministry well. I also loved hearing about all the services that were being offered and felt this was a ministry I could be proud to serve with. When I was offered the job I jumped at the chance to be able to live out the message of Isaiah 61:1.
Every day at VCHC is a new challenge. A huge part of that is learning to extend grace to others. The more I am here at the center the more grace I realize that God has shown to me and the more grace I feel compelled to show to others. I see myself growing in grace and learning that everyone has a unique story to tell. I want to help be an advocate for those who can’t speak for themselves and to find creative ways to meet the needs of the homeless.
My name is Chris Aaron Rice and my life is driven by my faith. My hope in Jesus shapes how I view the world. I recognize the many wonderful influences that led me to my personal decision to have faith in Christ, and I do my best to use the gifts I have been given to shed light for others. I have lived communally for the majority of my life.
I was raised in a Christian commune where all things were shared in common. Jesus People USA (JPUSA) is located on the north side of Chicago. This community strived to model after Acts 2:44-47. We all lived in a large hotel sharing meals, work, trials, and fellowship with one another. I lived there for fourteen years, and I learned that community is not easy and I needed God’s grace daily.
I moved to St. Louis in 2010, because my parents felt a powerful call to work with NLEC again. This move was just changing one community for another, but the radical change in environments forced me to make my faith personal. I had to choose Christ for myself, not because my family followed him. It was either sacrifice myself to Christ, or give myself in to depression. Both sides of my family are famous warriors for the gospel of Christ. Yet, I know personally that being raised in the church doesn’t produce a Christian without personal commitment to Christ.
Time and again God proves His power in my life. I can do my best to force my idea of His will in my life, but at the end of the day I find myself simply clinging to the cross. I thought God wanted me to be an Archaeologist, then a police officer, now a pastor. The journey seems long with many blessings from God and failures on my part. As a pastor I am growing in my thirst and knowledge for my savior, while I seek to serve the poor and hurting in our communities. My journey in faith seems to only just be beginning. I am so excited to see what God has in store for NLEC, as we grow in faith together.
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Join Katie as she interviews her parents, Rick and Kathy Kepley, about how to walk in relationship with hurting people.
Let's Talk About It
Join Chris and Katie has they cover a variety of topics that have been on their minds.
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