Kathy is a 35-year-veteran school teacher, recently retired. She is married to Tom McCarthy, a retired police officer, and they have two grown children and one grandson. She received her B.S. Degree from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, and a Masters in Family and Child Development from Auburn University.
Kathy became a Christian as a young child and has always
had a hunger and thirst to know God more. Jesus has been the
heartbeat of her life for over 50 years. She desires to help others“mount up with wings like eagles, run and not be weary; walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31
Kathy completed the Alpha Omega Counseling Program in May 2011.
♦ Several years after my divorce, I was in the Beatitudes Class.
The study revealed to me that there were strongholds in my life that needed to be addressed.
I found it to be a huge catalyst for my personal spiritual growth and to begin my journey of healing.
♦ I was at my wits end. My marriage was on the verge of separation with possible divorce. I needed Biblical counsel, not worldly counsel. As I was led to look at Scripture, I gained God’s perspective on marriage. I left the first session of counsel with an assurance that God was in control. I knew that Holy Spirit was speaking through my counselor and God was speaking to me through His Word. Every time we met I felt better about my marriage and myself. God’s Word was changing me. It was a tough time. But as I began to change in my attitude and actions, God helped me become a more godly wife. My husband responded and our marriage has been spared.
♦ During the time I was taking the discipleship class I was dealing with a major crisis in my husband’s life.
Within two years another crisis hit him, one which rippled like waves through our whole family. As I worked through the Beatitudes, God began to open my eyes to how He was growing me for His greater purposes. As I looked for God at work in my crises and struggles, I saw pieces which I had not understood before, begin to come together. I realized that God had led me to this class for a reason. Many women are hurting emotionally and spiritually. They feel as though they are sinking in the quicksand of despair. I’ve come to realize that pain, suffering and persecution will come, because we live in a fallen world. But I now know that it is possible to live victoriously through it all as I look to Jesus, the “Author and finisher of my faith.”
Marcia grew up in Flat River, Missouri, a small town south of St. Louis, and married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Al Sago. She graduated from the University of Missouri and taught kindergarten during
her husband’s medical school training. They have two grown children, both married with two children of their own. She came to Christ at age 36 and has since been “pressing toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called her heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
She was counseled through the Beatitudes by Bill Oswalt, Doctor of Ministry, San Antonio, Texas, in 1987 and began classes to train to become a Biblical Counselor. She volunteered at Alpha Omega Unlimited for about a year before moving to Florence, Alabama.
Praise be to the God and Fatherof our Lord Jesus Christ,the Father of compassionand the God of all comfort,Who comforts us in all our troubles,so that we can comfort those in any troublewith the comfort we ourselveshave received from God.2 Corinthians 1:3-4