is Our Story...
I'm Kerry. I
was born in Ontario, Canada. I lived there 'til I was 5. At
that time my parents moved the family south...south of the Canadian border...south
of the Mason-Dixon line! I grew up in southwest Virginia and northeast
Tennessee. When I was 16, the summer before my senior year in highschool,
my parents moved us again. To Rochester, New York. It was the
summer of 1991.
Tommy, who is now my husband, was born and grew up in the Capital region
of New York. He went to a community college there and got his Assocviates
degree in Chemistry. He started looking for a job and found one at
Eastman Kodak in...Rochester, New York, of course! He moved there
and started work in the summer of 1991.
We met at Browncroft Baptist Church in Rochester. We started dating
in February of 1992. We dated for 6 months and then broke up.
While we were dating Tommy was feeling the pull to go into full time ministry.
Shortly after we broke up he surrendered to God's call into the ministry.
He quit his job at Kodak and went to school full time to finish up his
Bachelors degree. He graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology in the
spring of 1994. While he was going to school he worked delivering
pizza and at a convenient store and he lived in a room in the church.
Now, since we are married now, we obviously did not stay "broken up" forever!
We started dating again in the summer of 1993. He asked me to marry
him February 7, 1994. Two years to the day from the date of our first
date. (If you'd like to read another whole story, go to The
Ring.) We were married in November of 1994 at Browncroft Baptist
Tommy started seminary at Mid-America Baptist
Theological Seminary - NorthEast in January of 1995. Our first
child, a beautiful baby girl, was born in January of 1996. Michelle
weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces when she was born. We moved back to Rochester
right after Michelle was born. Tommy had been asked to be the assistant
pastor at Browncroft Baptist Church.
He found a job at a factory in town and worked there per diem while
he worked at the church. After a 1 year break he returned to school,
commuting 2 days a week, still working at both the factory and the church.
In May of 1997 our second child was born. This one a boy. Josh
weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces at birth (I sure liked that a lot better).
He came 3 weeks early causing a bit of a scheduling conflict for me!
To find out about that story, see his page.
When Josh was 6 months old, Tom accepted a position as Pastor at Alexandria
Bay Baptist Church in Northern New York. We moved here in January
(I hope we never move in January again!) of 1998, 3 days before an icestorm
knocked out the power for 2 weeks! My husband laughs now, his first
and second "official" acts as pastor here were to cancel services!
That brings us up to now! And now we are serving God with His
help here in "the Bay" and we are very thankful for all the wonderful provisions
God has given us in our married life so far and all the wonderful blessings
we know are ahead.
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