Meet the WEW Crew

Julia Siegwart
Jesus changed me forever wh
en I was 5-years-old or so. I knew that I was a sinner and separated from God who loved me tremendously and sent His Son to die for me, taking the punishment that I deserved. And, I am so glad that He is changing me still, chiseling me to look more like His Son and less like my sinful self. 

I grew up in the church, but somewhere inside of me there was a disconnect between what I knew I should do and what I was actually doing. I was longing for more, but didn’t know how or where to even begin. I thought I could coast through, but I wasn’t being obedient to James 1:22 “But be doers of the 
word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” 

In more recent years, God is using His word and his people to show me what it means to be a doer of His word. I’m thankful for my husband Jake, the Godly man He allowed me to marry in 2001. I’m thankful that God is growing me through being a mom & homeschooling our two sons. I’m keenly aware of the blessing God had in store when He brought our family to North Carolina and to RCCC in 2011. 

The women at the Creek, and Women Equipping Women in particular, have been a special part of God's chiseling process in my life. What a blessing it is to serve alongside other women as we seek to bring God glory through being obedient disciples who make disciples.

 Maybe you are in a place in your life like I was - wanting to grow in your walk with the Lord, but you aren’t sure what to do or where to start. Perhaps, you are growing some, but you are frustrated with inconsistency. Or, you may be a more mature Christian, but you want to know how to help someone else grow in their relationship with the Lord.  Whatever phase you may be in right now, we pray that we can come alongside you, pointing the way toward Christlikeness and encouraging you as you pursue a deeper relationship with our Savior. 



Karen Keyes I have been married to my dear husband Tom for thirteen years. We have a blended family with eight children and ten grandchildren. The only one at home is our little nine-year old blessing Lilyrose. 

We have been attending Richland Creek since July 2012 and joined in February 2013.  I have been a Christian for over fifteen years now.  Since coming to Richland Creek I have had the opportunity to join the WEW leadership team and it has given me the privilege of learning while leading as we explore God's Word.  I enjoy being a WEW leader because I share in the challenges and successes of everyone in the WEW family as we grow in obedience to God’s will.  1 Cor 12:7.

The excitement of encouraging other women in the disciplines of the faith while I grow myself is truly an "iron sharpens iron" relationship.  Proverbs 27:17.  WEW has been the means by which so many women have had the unique opportunity to learn the importance of making time to experience God in our daily lives.  

Keri Bosch I was a girl, I went to church with my parents, did all the church things, knew all the church words to say, how to act to be the good church-going girl. I thought that was enough. I thought I would go to heaven one day. I thought that was all there was to life and death. Everything changed when my brother started to talk to me about Jesus when we would play together. I was 9 years old and he was 12. He told me all the things I had always heard in church growing up, but he made it personal to me. Before he started talking to me, I never really gave it much thought. I didn’t understand that even though I looked like a good girl, acted like a good girl and talked like a good girl, I was actually dead inside and was not good at all. I didn’t understand that there was more than just going to church and getting to heaven.

My brother explained to me that God created us all to have a personal relationship with Him and to know Him, but that we have all rejected that relationship by disobeying Him, starting with the first man, Adam. We’ve all done something, thought something or said something (all three!) that is in disobedience to God. The Bible says that no one is good (Romans 3:10) and we all reject God by disobeying Him, which the Bible calls sin, and the punishment for that is death (Romans 3:23; 6:23). We’ve all rejected the relationship we were created to have with God and when we reject that relationship we become separated from Him. This separation means that even though we are alive physically, we are dead spiritually and when we die we are separated from Him for all eternity. My brother explained the bad news about myself, which is the bad news about all of us, and then he told me the good news. He said that Jesus lived a perfect life of obedience for me because I can’t. Jesus died the death that I deserve in my place to pay for my sin. He died as a guilty criminal even though he had done nothing wrong. I was the one that committed the crime! He  loves us so much that He would rather die and take our penalty than for us to have to do it and be separated from Him forever. Jesus is my substitute in living a perfect life and dying a sinner’s death. But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus rose again and is alive today. He conquered death, the ultimate consequence of our sin, so that we can have eternal life. We can know and have a relationship with the God of the universe in this life right now. We can have all our sins forgiven. We can live in eternity with Him. 

My brother continued to share this message with me over a couple of months, and one Sunday morning during church all of the things he said suddenly made sense. All I could think about was that I too had rejected God and that I deserved God’s eternal punishment. Going to church and being good wasn’t good enough. It could never be good enough. Only Jesus was good enough. I was terrified knowing that I couldn’t do anything to make it right on my own. I understood that Jesus was the only way because He Himself said “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). I knew that I had to stop rejecting God and turn away from the disobedience that separated me from Him and turn to Christ. At the end of the service, I prayed with my Dad and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sin and I put my faith in what He did for me in His life, death, burial and resurrection as the only way to be forgiven and to have eternal life. The Bible says that if “you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). 

I felt this huge sense of relief once I did this because I knew that getting into heaven and trying to make right all the things I had done wrong was no longer dependent on me and anything that I could do. Jesus took care of it all for me. I received His righteousness and He took my sin, my guilt, and my shame upon Himself. Before this I was dead in my sin. When I placed my faith in Christ and asked for His forgiveness, He restored my relationship with God, forgave me of my sin and gave me eternal life. I can know God and have a relationship with Him because of what Jesus did. Now I live to know Him and serve Him, and to lead others to know Him. 


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