Though, with Ronnie and Janice Kiehm, their concern was that both door and window were open, providing separate callings. The minister of youth and minister of children, respectively, at Haddock Baptist, had to learn that the window and door were not leading them out, but in ... to the same place.
It began with romance, as it always does. Ronnie and Janice worked hard in undergrad studies at Carson Newman in Tennessee and Campbellsville University in Kentucky, respectively. But when they sat down in an evangelism class at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, they studied the needs of the soul, while feeling the needs of the heart.
She saw Ronnie, the handsome man in the chair behind her, and when he saw Janice, the pretty woman in front of him, he soon broke up with the girl sitting to his right. And dating in March turned to engagement in July. Now they just needed to tell their parents.
Alas, marriage followed in January 1985. Ronnie worked as an interior designer and a property general manager while Janice worked as a minister of children, an assistant director of child development, and even as a grader for professors. All this while trying to graduate with a master’s degree, which they did that same year.
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