Written by Robert on the occasion of his election to serve as a Deacon beginning in August, 2013
My name is Robert Kahne, and I am elated to serve as a deacon. This may seem unusual, but becoming a deacon has been a life-long aspiration for me. Everyone is good at a few things in life, but for some reason God saw fit to give me the gift of church–I have been serving on committees, ministry teams, strategic planning commissions, and as a Bible Study leader since I was a Youth, and always saw deacons as the hands and feet of the church–something I greatly aspire to be.
The simplest version of my testimony is this: I expressed a belief in the saving grace of Jesus Christ at the age of 8, and through many toils and snares have tried to follow the example of Christ in all the days since. My story began at Hurstbourne Baptist Church, where my parents still worship and where I continue to count the ministry staff and members as friends and mentors. It was there that my parents and a very special children’s minister taught me about Jesus and led me to faith. As my faith matured, I began to question many of the less inclusive and less grace-filled practices of evangelical Christianity. When I went to college, I made the decision to attend Calvary Baptist, a moderate CBF church in Lexington.
My faith is proudly rooted in Baptist tradition. The majority of my adult life, I have been the “squeaky wheel” within that establishment, calling into question practices and beliefs I consider wrong, but always firmly living within the Baptist faith tradition that I was born into and love dearly. When I moved back to Louisville in 2011, I made the decision to find a place other than my parents’ church to call my church home. I walked into Highland Baptist Church for the first time on October 2, 2011. On that day, I saw a banner proclaiming support for fairness in the Fireside Room, and heard Joe preach about the “counter-cultural movement called community.” I never visited another church.
In the nearly two years since then, my faith has grown and changed more than in any other period of my life. My friends in this place constantly are challenging me to question my own assumptions and beliefs, while offering an environment and faith tradition that keeps the important parts of my Baptist identity intact. This church is everything I could have ever asked for, and I am so glad to have been asked to serve as a deacon here. I will make it my daily prayer to be the hands and feet of God to the membership here.