The following is Kaela Williamson's Senior Testimony presented to the congreagation on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Good morning, I am Kaela Williamson. I will be graduating from Reagan High School as a Summa Cum Laude in a few weeks and will be attending the University of Alabama to study Hospitality and Management.
I have been attending San Pedro since I was 14, so only about 4 years. I have however been attending church my whole life. My parents raised my sister and I on going to church every Sunday and attending the preschool that was located in our church in Georgia. We celebrate Easter and Christmas, and did VBS almost every year. Christ has been a part of my life since I was a baby. Now how did I end up here you may be asking, or not and that’s cool too. We moved to San Antonio right before I got to middle school in 2014. We had scoured the city of San Antonio to find a church just right for us. Not too modern, not too big, something just right. It took us years, when finally a friend of mine Maggie Joyce who attended this church started to go through confirmation. Her mother had asked me to join her as she was not the closest with anyone here. I reluctantly accepted as it was nerve racking. I was going to commit myself to a year long church activity to a church I had never been to. Even after the first meeting I was still a bit unsure as the first impressions were extremely intimidating. But I still went through with it, and I am so glad I did. This church has such an accepting environment and the youth program is amazing.
One of the fondest memories I have through my years of attending San Pedro is my first Youth Sunday. The Theme, Make An Impression. Which is kinda funny considering how much of an impression it made on me. I volunteered to act in the play we produced. I am not and have no plans on becoming an actress so, so sorry for all the mediocre performances I have done. This was an experience that was so different from anything I had ever done for church. It is such a creative way to get the youth involved in spreading the word of God. It makes the youth listen to the message as well as the audience. This is such an impactful memory as I saw for the first time, how much everyone truly cared to make the event work. No one slacked on their parts and made sure they were not the one to ‘mess it up’. Because of the amazing experience I had the first time I was compelled to keep doing it. Sure Dave’s pressure did have an impact on my decision, but it was not a burden. I would have volunteered anyways. It's my favorite week of the year and I am sad I will not be a part of it next year. This event always helps me to strengthen my trust in God by understanding his messages in a new enlightening way.
Mrs. Cindy and Dave have had the most impact on me through my years in the youth program. They have always pushed me out of my comfort zone in order to be more involved. Without them I would have never attended my first lock-in. Which was so much fun. They teach everyone in the youth program how valuable they are as people and how they can have an impact on everyone’s lives. I also want to thank my parents for raising Landry and I in such a caring environment. Attending church from such a young age has taught me valuable life lessons and shaped my personality. I do not know who I would be without Christ in my life. I hope to find a church as homey in Tuscaloosa as it is here at San Pedro.
San Pedro has been able to teach me more about the Bible and life lessons that I can use. It has most importantly taught me that God is there for me. He cares about me and knows what's best for me. San Pedro has one of the best youth programs and I am glad I got to grow up here if only for a short while. I encourage any youth on the fence about participating in youth activities that you should definitely include yourself. It may seem intimidating at first but everyone here is so nice and Dave will make you feel included. Thank you so much for making me feel welcome here and I will miss coming to church here every Sunday, well most Sundays.