I am the Church

We believe that the church is not just a building you come to on Sundays to worship. We believe that the church is a body of believers pursuing Christ, loving people, and making disciples. One way we do this is by sharing our stories. Here you will find redemption stories of God's grace and our obedience. 


 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” 

Romans 12:2

Kristin Roberts

Chaos, Destructive Behavior, Impurity

 

Growing up, Vacation Bible School introduced me to Jesus and I started to believe in Him. However, I did not have a relationship with Christ. When I was in fourth grade, my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer. My dad was often at work. So at 10 years old, I was left to care for my sick mom and little sister.

 

My mom’s cancer continued to go in and out of remission. When I was 14, I met Allen and our relationship consisted primarily of drinking and partying. During this time, my mom was saved and always begged us to go to church with her. I traded the relationship I could have had with Christ for a life of partying and impurity. 

 

Allen and I broke up when I was 16 and I entered into an abusive relationship. Drinking became a consistent part of my life. I was continuing to care for my mom. This included helping her learn to walk, talk, and eat again. When I was 17, my mom passed away. I was devastated and felt broken. After my mom’s death, I continued my dysfunctional relationship with my boyfriend. Finally, I left the relationship after calling the police as he tried to commit suicide. I sank to a low point. I spent every day drinking for an entire month. 

 

Soon, Allen and I got back together and continued to party heavily until I became pregnant. Hudson’s birth changed me. When he was one, Allen agreed to go to church with me. He wanted to go to Lakeview but I did not. It was too familiar and I was certain people would judge me. However, I agreed to go just once. 

 

The Sunday we visited Lakeview was Youth Sunday. I broke down in tears. I wished that I had had that growing up. I agreed to go back again the next Sunday. The sermon that week was on Luke 7:36-50- A Sinful Woman Forgiven. 

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much…” Luke 7:47

I could not help but see myself as that woman. If Jesus forgave her, he would forgive me. I wept and truly gave my life to Christ. 

 

Free, Forgiven, Loved

 

I began serving in the nursery. After serving for a while, I was hired as the preschool director. I was working in a toxic environment at the time, so I was extremely grateful for this opportunity.  

 

At 4 years old, Hudson was diagnosed with a rare skin cancer called DFSP. I was understandably crushed. I kept thinking my only child could be taken away. The morning after his diagnosis, I flipped open my Bible and opened to Psalms where I repetitively read to trust in God. 

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

I was able to give Hudson and his future over to God. Fortunately, that sense of peace continued through all of Hudson’s cancer journey. He had surgery that was perfectly orchestrated by God. There was no denying that God’s hand was on this situation. 

 

For years, Allen and I had been struggling with infertility. Seeing my friends get pregnant was such a bittersweet experience because I was mourning for the baby I deeply wanted. I found hope in Hannah. She continued to grieve because she was unable to conceive but she stayed faithful to the Lord. 

“And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:20

Addilynn was an answer to prayers. I am grateful for the prayers and community provided by God through our church family.  

 

When Lakeview started The Gift, I was thrilled to grow our community of young families. True authenticity became the norm and we found our community group. We have formed bonds with families that pray with us, mourn with us, and celebrate with us; but most importantly have a deep love for Christ. 

 

I can now say I am proud of the struggles I have gone through because each one has brought me closer to Christ. 

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3

 

I am Kristin Roberts and I am the Church.

Ryan Coiner


Self-centered, Orphaned, Drifting

 

I grew up in what I thought was an ideal normal life. I went to church and perused the Lord as a young child by reading my bible and praying. I was a high energy active kid but wanted to be good and always had a strong moral compass. The church was the foundation of my early childhood. 

 

When I was 10 years old, my parents were in a car accident that fundamentally changed our family. My mom and dad were t-boned at 60 mph. This was the beginning of a series of loss for my family. Within weeks, we lost the father we knew. He had many infections, multiple operations, and near-death experiences. We lost my dad’s income and ultimately my parents’ marriage. After their accident, we stayed with different friends and family often and the only place I felt safe was at church. 

 

Although I had parents, by the time I was in high school, I was practically an orphan. My mom had to work and my dad was disabled and living away from us. I threw myself into sports, specifically soccer. Fortunately, I was gifted in soccer and played successfully throughout high school which led to a college scholarship. There was a competition in my heart between self-centeredness and Christ. Christ was relegated from the primary position in my life. I was trying to serve two gods at once. 

 

During college, I continued to make decisions that were not pleasing to God. I hadn’t willfully turned against God, but I was drifting away from Him. This was a season in which I found myself largely outside of Christian community as I was not intentional about plugging into campus ministry. 

 

This was until the Holy Spirit reached out in an impactful way. For the first time in my life, I felt the weight of my sin, primarily my sin of prideful self-reliance. I broke down in tears because not only was I was mournful over my sin but also incredibly grateful that the Lord never left me. He was waiting for me to welcome Him fully back into my life again. Although I started to drift from my Christian faith and practicing convictions, God never let go of me. I never ran from God but I did start to conform to the patterns of this world. I was blinded by my lack of awareness of my sin and the Holy spirit removed the veil from my eyes. 

 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2

 

During this season, I found a mentor who discipled me through the rest of my college years and finally connected to a Christian community. My cares and concerns for the secular world faded into the background.

 

Centered on God’s Will, Part of God’s Family, Anchored

 

I met my wife, Katie shortly after college and we quickly married and moved to Germany for my professional soccer career. While in Germany we had our first daughter, Kyla. 

 

When we left Germany, we moved to Texas and found a church in the area. We served full time while raising a family and running a business. The church at the time had an unbalanced focus on serving and lack of discipleship. This along with the busyness of our personal lives we lacked rest and it took a toll. We started to go to church with my mom. This church focused on how God can bless you. After a while, I realized they were preaching a false gospel. 

 

One day I passed Lakeview, as I did every day, but this day the sign caught my attention. I went home and listened to a sermon and felt God leading me to Lakeview as a safe place for our family.  

 

My wife, Katie and I have been attending Lakeview for eight years. While raising our family alongside the church, I have had the honor of serving in multiple ways. I started serving as part of our finance team, then as a deacon, and most recently as an elder. Each of these roles have challenged me and ultimately strengthened my relationship with Christ. 

 

It is an honor to be able to serve the church and community. I am excited to be a small part of showing people the salvation of Jesus and His healing hand.  

 

I am Ryan Coiner and I am the Church.

 

“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9

 

Julian and Sandra garcia

Angry, Empty, Hateful

Disguised, Unconnected, Legalistic

 

Julian- I was raised Catholic but we did not attend church regularly. My mom was abusive in every way and my dad was working most of the time. There was zero unity or love in my life. My childhood and honestly most of my life, was chaos. Growing up, even though I did not know who I was praying to, I prayed that God would take me away from this world. 

 

Sandra- My dad was an alcoholic. He cared about his kids but was an abusive husband. My dad did not work so my mom was working a lot to support us. Catholic church was a safe escape for me growing up. I was a “good” Catholic girl. I was 14 my dad passed away and I was able to attend a Baptist church with some friends. This was the first time I was introduced to Jesus. Loosing my dad taught me independence, what I wanted in relationships, and allowed me the freedom to find another church. However during this time, I continued to go through and finish all the Catholic Sacraments. I knew of Jesus but did not know Him. 

 

Julian- Sixteen years ago, I lost my mom to breast cancer. While she was suffering, I was suffering. I did not understand why it hurt me so much when she had been so awful to me. Even as she was dying our lives continued to be full of chaos and hate with my siblings. However by God’s grace, I was able to forgive her and for the first time in my life I did not feel like the outcast. 


Three years ago, Sandra and I were headed to divorce because of my anger and hate. Again, I felt like I did not want live. I didn’t care about anything. These feelings led to affair and broke my family apart.

 

Sandra- When Julian had his affair, I was broken in more ways than one. I was hurt by him but also by my Catholic community. I felt judged and received limited resources or support. I had dedicated part of my life to this church and they were not there for us when we needed them most. 

 

Julian- After my affair, I was on a walk and felt like I had lost everything. This was my darkest moment full of suicidal thoughts. Right before I walked in front of a car, my knees shook and buckled and I fell on my knees crying and praying for a second chance. The person I was, was not the person I was called to be. It was as if God lifted some of the weight from me. 

 

Our son who was still living with us at the time, kept inviting us to his church and we continued to say no until he confronted me with a scripture. I cried and apologized for the way I had been treating our family. He invited us to church again. I knew I wanted to learn what he was learning. 

 

Joyful, Relaxed, Peaceful

Connected, Transparent, Relational

 

The first time we visited Lakeview, we both felt at home. We could feel the joy of the Holy Spirit and felt called to come back. Very quickly we started counseling and ReEngage. Through this we were able to find healing in our marriage. After some time in ReEngage, we started ReGeneration and the true healing within ourselves and other relationships began. Each of us finally found Jesus and began true relationships with Christ. 

 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

 

We are so grateful for Lakeview and these two programs. We have served as ReEngage and ReGeneration facilitators. Our family dynamic has completely changed. We pray and talk with our kids frequently and our first response in any relationship is always prayer. 

 

Julian- I went from wishing I was no longer on this earth, to now loving others by asking myself “How would Jesus react?” before I respond to anything. 

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:12-14

 

Sandra- I went from following rules because my church told me to, to having a true hunger and thirst for Jesus. 

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

 

We are Julian and Sandra and we are the Church.


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