Debra Kirby

I grew up in the DFW metroplex so I consider myself a bit of a city girl. My parents divorced when my twin sister and I were in the 2nd grade creating a deep longing and insecurity in my young heart. My mom continued to take us to church and I went through the motions of religion, but had no real understanding of my own sin and God’s love for me.

During my teen years I became a serial dater -jumping from one relationship to the next – in an attempt to feel loved and significant. I attended the University of Texas at Arlington and later worked as an auditor, traveling internationally with business to Europe, Australia, and Asia. I made relationships and career idols in my life. But God, in His Kindness, created heartache and discouragement for me as I ran after things that could not ultimately satisfy me. I turned to the Lord in 1992 and have been an object of God’s grace ever since.

By 1997 I was tired of the rat-race and felt led to spend more time with my dad in East Texas. God led me to Pine Cove Christian Camps where I was able to work alongside other believers raising money for new cabins, fun stuff, and scholarships for kids and families. I had a passion for ministry without the biblical foundation so eventually I applied to Dallas Theological Seminary. I returned to my old stomping grounds on a mission to know more about the Lord and practical ministry so that I might serve Him more fully.

A couple from my Community Group at Grace invited me back out to East Texas one afternoon for lunch and a blind date. I met my foxy husband, Bill, on the steps of our Lindale campus. We have two strong-willed daughters, a beta fish, and we like to foster baby ducks each spring just to keep it interesting.

I feel like I truly have the perfect job. I get to encourage women to take the next step in their spiritual journey using God’s Word as our guide. My hope for each woman at Grace is that she would find her value– not in appearance, marital status, career, or anything else – as she receives God’s grace, reflects his character, and follows his plans for her life.