Kayla has been an Associate Pastor since July 2019.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many” is the verse I strive to live by each and every day (Mark 10:45 NIV). This verse is one of a handful that has formed my theology and who I desire to be as a Christian. I was raised in the Midwest, living in rural communities throughout Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois. My faith journey has led me to live and travel to numerous states and countries, allowing me to experience life and perspectives far different from my own. I am a proud parent of two furry, four-legged lovebugs. My dog, a Miniature-Australian Shepherd Hope is being trained as a therapy dog to assist me in ministry endeavors and my cat, an American Shorthair Tux, lays around all day at home reigning from her thrones of cat towers and pillows.
I graduated from Illinois Valley Community College in 2004 with Associates in Science, Arts & General Studies. I completed my Bachelors of Arts degree at Asbury University in 2009 with a double major in Missions & Christian Ministries with a minor in Bible-Theology. In 2016 I graduated from Perkins School of Theology from Southern Methodist University with my Masters in Divinity and two concentrations in Pastoral Care and Women & Gender Studies.
Prior to coming to Kearney First United Methodist Church, I was appointed to Plainville United Methodist Church in Plainville, Kansas and served as the student intern associate pastor in Colby, Kansas.