My name is Kathy Johns. God called me out of the world and into His Body in late 1989. Until then, I was a lapsed so-called Christian, having been disappointed and disillusioned with mainstream Christianity as well as the Catholic religion in which I was raised. At a time of deep and troubling problems in my personal life, I cried out to Jesus. I gave Him my life and everything I was and had, I turned over to Him. I began to read the Holy Bible, having never really done so before. For the first time, I understood what I was reading -- it was like a light switch was turned on in my mind. I continued reading His Word and learning His way of life, and He eventually led me to this wonderful group of godly people that make up the Celebration Church of God. I was baptized a little over a year later in 1990.

In every instance of trials, health problems and family problems, God has strengthened, encouraged and comforted me. I look back on my life before meeting Him and having a personal relationship with Him, as the difference between seeing in shades of gray and now seeing in brilliant technicolor. I still have a long ways to go and many faults to overcome, but only with His help, guidance and correction can I persevere and finish the race.

Being a Christian does not make me better than those around me -- it makes me more responsible and accountable for the way I live and treat others. The example I give, in how I live my life and in my words and actions will determine whether others are drawn to a relationship with God or if they reject Him. It is a huge responsibility. I am humbled and very grateful that God chose to bring me to Him, and I want to spend the rest of my life in grateful appreciation to Him and service to others for what He has done for me.

I am honored and blessed to be able to serve my local congregation as a Sabbath School Teacher for the teens and young adults, as a part-time webmaster for our internet site, as a member of the church's band, the "Northern Lights Christian Ministries Band", singing harmony, as a part-time church librarian, and serving on various committees or wherever else I am able or needed.