Spotlight: Kim Humphrey
1. Tell us a little bit about who you are (where are you from, family, work, etc)
Hey, I’m Kim Humphrey! My husband Jay and I are originally from Burgaw, NC (close to Wilmington) where we lived from 1980-2005 raising our family and running the family farm. In 2004 Jay began as a student at Southeastern and I moved here with him in 2005. We have been married 38 years this June, we have 2 grown married children and 7 grandchildren living in the Wake Forest/Raleigh area as well. I started working on campus in 2005 as an administrative assistant in the IT department. In 2006 I began working in the President’s Office for Dr. Akin and am still there today. We are members at Imago Dei Church and also involved as volunteers with 127 Worldwide, an orphan/widow advocacy ministry, traveling to Kenya and Uganda serving the partners there in agriculture endeavors for sustainable income. When I’m not at work or hanging out with our family, I love a day on the beach with a good book. I’m definitely a “flip-flops/sandy toes” kind of girl!
2. If you had a free day and unlimited money, what would you spend your day doing?
This was difficult for me to answer because I’m pretty content just having a slow day at home, BUT if money and time were no issue, I would love to take our children and grandchildren to Acres of Hope in Nebbi, Uganda to meet the wonderful friends we have made there and to introduce them to a country and people which Jay and I have fallen in love with.
3. Who is the most influential person in your life?
Again, I could name several but after giving this real consideration I would have to say my dad’s mom, my Grandma “B” Sellers. She was a gentle and quiet lady, loving her home and family well but without any fanfare. She and my Granddaddy lived a simple life in the country with dogs, gardens, and lots of family love. I learned Psalm 23 sitting with her in her home, going to church with her and observed her taking notes in her Bible (one of which I have been given by my Daddy). She loved Jesus and served her church body in a humble selfless way, always caring for their pastors and families as if they were her own. She was a very good cook and I have many fond memories of meals around their table, which always included cornbread fritters for every meal! She lived a long life and I am thankful that my children had the opportunity to know Grandma as well.
4. What is one book that you think everyone should have on their bookshelf?
The one book that has impacted me the most in the last 5 years is The Peacemaker by Ken Sande. In a time in my life that forgiveness was very difficult, and reconciliation would not happen without forgiveness, this book was suggested for me to read. What a blessing it was to me then, and continues to be now as I understood forgiveness and the example Christ set for us to follow with this very important life aspect. I keep this book close by in my book basket at all times, as a tool and reminder of the importance of forgiveness in our Christian walk.
5. What is a verse that you would consider your “life verse”?
Philippians 4:11-12: “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” ESV
6. What are three words that people would use to describe you?