Laura Guy is the pastor of Living Water Christian Church. You can call her Laura or Pastor Laura or even PL if you like. She’s been married to Clif Guy for 29 years (yes, she was a young bride), and they have two children, Bethany – 24 years old, and Rob– 20 years old. Laura loves to garden, read, scrapbook and travel – and someday she hopes to find the time to do those things! She loves being a pastor, and she wouldn’t trade jobs with anybody. Laura graduated from Saint Paul School of Theology here in Kansas City in May of 2005. She was the recipient of the Roy M. Brady award for preaching excellence. You can read her blog here.
If she could put her philosophy of life on a bumper sticker, it would say:
“Love, and do as you please” – Saint Augustine. Says Laura, “I guess I would probably have to explain it to people, so maybe that makes it a bad bumper sticker. Augustine, a great theologian of the 5th century, meant that if we truly loved God, completely and without reservation, we could do whatever we pleased because that love would affect all our actions and decisions. So simple, yet so difficult.”
Sara Matney-Collins is the Director of Children’s Ministries. She has been involved in children’s ministry for over 10 years, and she’s always looking for new ways to help children grow in their faith. She brings creativity and hands-on experience (courtesy of Jorden and Timothy) to her planning, teaching and working with children.
Sara is still contemplating what words of wisdom or wit she would put on a bumper sticker.
In addition to being the pastor’s husband (a demanding job by itself!), Clif is also the Technology Director. Clif has made his career in computers for over 20 years and has been an amateur sound engineer since his junior high days. When it comes to computers, sound systems, projectors or electronics, Clif is the nerd of choice. Although he doesn’t get paid for managing any of that for Living Water, he invests countless hours ensuring that this website works and our high-tech worship services go smoothly as planned.
If Clif had to put something on a bumper sticker, it would probably say: "Eschew Obscurantism" which means, "Don't use big words that people don't understand." It's a perfect philosophy for one who deals with technology and people every day.
Cliff is not only a member of our house band, Fusion 112, but he’s also the Facilities Manager. He built most of our staging system all by himself, and he takes care of the lawn and the building because he actually finds it relaxing. No one understands how he can find the time to take care of this place when he has a full-time job and a house of his own to take care of, but we are so grateful that he does!
Cliff's bumper sticker would quote a wise woman - his mother: "Life may not be fair...but it sure is good." Cliff says those words have really stuck with him over the years.
Yes, okay, this is another member of the pastor’s family, but she doesn’t get paid either. Joann, Laura’s mother-in-law, is the Hospitality Director. Being the grandmother of nine, she knows all about how to pamper and spoil people. She also knows her way around the kitchen, and she sets out wonderful bagels, fruit and baked goods on Sunday mornings. If you haven’t tasted the difference love makes in a recipe, come try some of Joann’s cooking!
Joann's bumper sticker would quote Scripture, telling the world: "This is the SECRET, CHRIST in YOU! Col. 1:27"