Keri Owens, Workplace Missionary

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Keri has a huge heart for people. Her smile is contagious and her love of Jesus radiates to those she encounters. Let’s learn more about this caring servant of Jesus.

What’s the least and most significant job titles you’ve held?

I worked at Pizza Hut in high school, I would have to say that this was my least significant job ever held (Oh, it was terrible ☹)!!

Wife to Brian and mom to Madison and Maddox would have to be the most significant job titles I hold. 

My professional job title is First Impressions Coordinator. I work at the Crestwood campus of Southeast Christian Church and I have to say this is the best professional job title I have ever held. I love my job, I love the people I work with and I am so thankful that God has positioned me in such a way that I get to utilize my gifts every single day in the workplace.    

What industries have you worked in?

Most of my career was in the legal field where I was a paralegal. I am now employed by Southeast Christian Church/Crestwood campus.

How old were you when you were baptized?

When I was 10, I was baptized but in 2011, I rededicated my life and my relationship with Jesus!! 

How did a failure set you up to have success being a missionary at work?

My husband and I were married in 1998 and we found ourselves divorcing 2.5 years in. I gave up way too soon and didn’t even try to make things work, even though I tried to convince myself I did. Lots of prayers were lifted up on our behalf  and by the grace of God we were remarried 2 years later. The failed marriage was restored and this is a huge part of my story. The Lord has given me opportunities to counsel women that are having issues or ready to give up. Marriage is hard but when you keep God at the center, it makes things a little bit easier.

What’s a Bible verse that you want to share with your fellow workplace missionaries? Why?

Romans 8:27-28 (TPT)

God, the searcher of the heart, knows fully our longings, yet he also understands the desires of the Spirt, because the Holy Spirit passionately pleads before God for us, his holy ones, in perfect harmony with God’s plan and our destiny. So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. 

God is always working in our lives, every detail is in His hands. When the work is hard, when the fruit of our labor is hard to see, when we are tired and weary, let’s never forget that He is weaving every story together perfectly. The goodness of God is real and we have been called to fulfill the purpose He created us for!!!  

If you could tell the CEOs of the biggest companies in the world one sentence about Jesus, what would it be?

God loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for us. WE did not deserve this but He did it anyway. Jesus knew that the only way we could live in this imperfect world and one day with Him in heaven, would be through His sacrifice on the cross. He loved us enough to die a sinners death even though He was sinless. He rescued us and IF our trust is in Him, we get to  spend eternity with Him in Heaven. So very thankful for His sacrifice, my hope will forever be found in Him. 

16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. [a] So now everyone who believes in him [b] will never perish but experience everlasting life. 17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it! [c] John 3:16-17 (TPT)

What’s the best spiritual investment you’ve made?

To stay connected to the vine by intentionally seeking Him daily. His word says that if we seek Him with our whole hearts, we will find Him. He is our source of truth and His word can be trusted. Desert days have become part of my spiritual investment and in September I committed to one per month. The day is on my calendar and it is set aside so I can spend uninterrupted quiet time with my Heavenly Father. My husband and I just started going through the gospels and have set aside 2 nights a week to spiritually invest by reading His word together.

What seed planting tip would you share with your fellow workplace missionaries?

We are God’s servants and we are each doing what God has called us to do. Some of us may plant the seeds, some of us may water the seeds BUT God is the one that makes the seeds grow. We are coworkers with our Heavenly Father and we are helping Him grow the Kingdom of Heaven. We were not called to save the world – only God can do this. We were called to love others, plant seeds, water the seeds and let God do the rest. Sometimes this means investing in one person at a time. 

6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9 For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

What would you tell to young Christians who are entering the workforce for the first time?

  • Always look for ways to be a light in your workplace. 
  • Help others and be kind.
  • Do what is right even when no one is looking. 
  • Work hard as if you were working for the Lord. 

Colossians 3:22-23 (TPT)

Let every employee listen well and follow the instructions of their employer, not just when their employers are watching, and not in pretense, but faithful in all things. For we are to live our lives with pure hearts in the constant awe and wonder of our Lord God. Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.

When you find yourself focusing on worldly things, what do you do to refocus on following Jesus?

I remind myself of the verses in Matthew 6 where Jesus so graciously teaches us that our treasure is in heaven and we shouldn’t hoard for ourselves earthly treasures that can be stolen. I love how these verses remind us that our hearts will always pursue what we value as our treasure.   

19 “Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21 (AMP)