Let me introduce myself. My name is Bethany Wight. I am a young pastors wife and a mother of 3 boys Micah, Stephen and Josiah. Our family is currently serving in Gillette, WY USA. I grew up in the small town of Belle Fourche, SD, so moving here was like moving to a metropolis! My husband, Nik, and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage this September! I work part time at our church’s radio station and take care of our kids. I recently graduated from an alternative medicine school and am now a certified practitioner. I have opened my own business and am wanting to use that training to minister to the sick.
My walk with Christ started when I was little. I grew up in the church and have always been a believer. In my preteen years I really started to backslide, seeking love and attention where I would not find it. During this time my parents were on the verge of divorce. There was a lot of family fights, some lasting even in to the wee hours of the morning. Much of this began when my parents started going to different churches. At the time I didn’t realize how much of an impact it made on me. I felt lost and didn’t understand why this was a big deal. I couldn’t see why it mattered. As long as they went to church did it really matter where? It wasn’t until later in my teens I understood the conflicting doctrines and why it was causing such dissension. (Praise the Lord my parents are still together and just had their 39th anniversary)
In my teen years I had fallen in to sexual sin. I knew it was wrong but I just brushed my conscience aside. After a few unhealthy relationships, one leaving me very much in the lurch. I wasn’t sure what to do with my life at this point. I just focused on finishing the school year. I had friends but felt very alone. I started to pray again and kept a prayer journal. Then very late one night as I was praying I felt the overwhelming peace and presence of the Lord. At that moment I knew I was loved, needed and forgiven. God had really called me to follow Him.
The summer before my senior year I had no idea what I was going to do after I graduated. I really prayed about it. I wanted to start a family right away, but did not have any prospects at the time. I have also always felt called to the ministry, but was so unsure how to begin. So I was thinking about college, but it just didn’t seem right and I couldn’t settle on anything. That summer while I was on the other side of the world, I started dating my husband. We were married the next year after I graduated high school. When I moved to the same town I had become the church secretary. That was the start to my path in ministry.
Since my husband is now the youth pastor at our church, I frequently am needed and very much involved in ministry as well. I have been feeling inadequate with my knowledge and training of being in ministry. My husband found and enrolled in CLI 3 to 4 months ago. He often shares what he has been learning with me. I was very intrigued. After praying more about it I felt lead to take the courses. This really is an answer to prayer. I look forward to being better equipped for what God has called us to do!
As a mother of young children (and possibly more to come) I know much of my ministry calling is at home. I have always had a desire to be a mother and raise my children to serve the Lord. With my husband being in ministry much of my calling is now in the church, and specifically the youth. Outside of serving where my husband is called to serve, it is very hard to think of what my ministry dream would be. Due to pregnancy losses of my own and my experiences as a teen, God has really given me compassion and a desire to help young girls to desire to follow Christ. To help them in times of crisis. To be someone they can turn to and know they are not alone. Something I much desired. I pray God will equip me with everything I need to further His kingdom, whether it be at home, at the church or out in the world!