1. Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a former college professor who lives in Evington, Virginia with my husband and four children. We love painting, drawing, songwriting, writing and just being in creation. I love mountains but hate camping. I equally enjoy solitude and people, especially laughing and eating and being the church with brothers and sisters in Christ as we engage the lost together. My journey has included ministry and research time in East Asia, West Africa, and South India.
2. How did you come to Inspiro?
God called me out of academia to serve global artists through Inspiro as the Arts Training Director alongside dear friends whose work I have admired for a long time. It’s an honor for me to serve here and look for ways to seek the kingdom of God together.
3. What is your new role, and what will it involve?
My new role will include working with our resources team to lead the training department, developing, coordinating and facilitating training resources for worldwide in-person training as well as online environments. I will also be helping to oversee training events alongside our team.
4. What are you most excited about in your new role?
The thing that makes me most excited is just working with my Inspiro team and seeing vibrant worship from every nation, tribe, and tongue.
5. If you could offer one piece of advice to an artist considering missions, what would it be?
Repent completely of holding back anything you have not given to God. Count the cost of it. Then completely surrender it all: your artistry, your dreams, your agenda, your personality and be filled instead with Christ. Do His work. In other words, stop doing things “for God" without Him. Learn reliance and be led by the Spirit. Then you will be able to create without fear of man, and you will showcase the glory of God in all you do, because you have died and Christ lives in you. Then everything you create will naturally become seed carrying the DNA of the gospel of Jesus, because He genuinely grows HIS fruit in your life. Sharing the gospel boldly becomes easier because it’s not something you have to do out of obligation. Instead, you are filled completely with the love of God for others. Every true Christian is a missionary.
Find below a piece Kat recently shared about following God's leading!
GOD DESIRES TO LEAD US SO WE WILL BE DEPENDENT ON HIM: This is not a "big picture" kind of guidance, though sometimes He entrusts those visions to us. But really, He is offering us a step-by-step leading with the goal of developing relational dependency. It is a leading which operates on a need-to-know basis INTENTIONALLY with the goal of killing all false illusions of self-reliance and independence.
IT'S A HUMBLING AND CHARACTER-BUILDING GUIDANCE, (which ends in our acknowledgement and seeking of a fresh, daily word from God as our sustenance): Remember how the Lord your God LED YOU through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by EVERY WORD that comes from the mouth of the Lord. For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good (Deuteronomy 8:2ff).
IT'S A RELATIONAL, COVENANTED, DEVOTED GUIDANCE
I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you LOVED ME AND FOLLOWED ME through the wilderness, through a land not sown (Jeremiah 2:2).
IT'S A CONTINUAL GUIDANCE
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
And THE LORD WILL GUIDE YOU CONTINUALLY
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.
IT'S A TURN-BY-TURN GUIDANCE:
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say,
“THIS IS THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO,”
whether to the right or to the left.
IT'S A GUIDANCE BASED ON TRUST:
My sheep LISTEN to my voice; I know them, and THEY FOLLOW ME. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one (John 10:27-30).