Crystal McDonald

I was born and raised in Tyler, TX. I graduated from Texas Tech with an undergrad in Business Marketing. After a year in the workforce I felt called back to pursue a Master’s of Education in Elementary Education. The classroom felt like home and the impact of influencing and encouraging little people ignited a flame.

The Lord, to our surprise and hesitation called us back to Tyler in 2016. It has been a season of growth, change, humility and stretching of our spiritual muscles. His faithfulness has not wavered for a single second. The opportunity to work with children and in ministry wasn’t something I thought I would or could do and here we are again. I’m realizing the Lord can take my yes out of fear and weakness and use it for His glory and I’m so thankful that when I am weak He is strong.

We have two gorgeous “babies” Tatum is five and Rhett is four and what a gift motherhood has been. Hardest season but sweetest reward. In my free time I love to read, watch period dramas (hello Poldark!) and I’ve drank the CrossFit Kool-aid. I love my friends hard and I’m the mom on the sideline you can hear loud and clear. Through a confusing and at times devastating journey I have come to confidently recognize my identity is in Jesus Christ alone.

I want to see EVERY PERSON as an image bearer of their creator and love being a part of a church that truly sees and then goes after people.