Kevin Brantley’s Life Change Story
For the first time in my life, even having grown up in a Southern Baptist Church, I went to FUGE Camp with our youth group from Antioch Baptist Church in Farmerville, Louisiana during the summer of 2015. My wife and I have three sons, all in our youth group. Our Youth Leader at the time, David Byrnes, asked if we would like to attend camp with them as adult chaperones. My wife could not attend due to work conflicts, but having never been with the smaller church in which I grew up, I did. I will forever be thankful to God for leading me to go.
The theme that summer was “Alive and Free” and while there, in prayer in my Mississippi College bunk that night, God confirmed what I believe I had known and not admitted for quite some time. When I walked the aisle at age 10, I indeed was just going through the motions and was not saved that day. I did however get saved that night, and God let me know where He wanted me; involved in our youth group at Antioch. I told everyone first thing the next morning I had been saved and let our youth pastor know that God had told me He wanted me involved, if that was alright with him. He told me he was more than glad to have me and I have been working with him and our youth ever since.
In December, David told me he was “retiring” from the youth pastor position. Our pastor, Rubin Weaver, asked me if I would be interested since I had worked with our youth and felt led to do so. I prayed on it and told him I most definitely would. Last month, our deacons nominated me unanimously as the candidate to put forth to our church for our next youth leader. On Wednesday, February 8th, I was elected as our new youth leader and know this is where God has led me. I am so glad to serve our merciful and loving God!
David, our former youth director, is front and center and Kevin is in the second row, second from farthest right in the shorts.