Who’s in your family? I’m married to Rev. Don McKelvey. I was a Young Life leader, a volunteer, in eastern Ohio and he moved there to be the Young Life Area Director. It was in St. Clairsville. People were telling him: “You need to meet this girl Terrie” and people were telling me I needed to meet him. He was 30 and I was 22. We married in ’81. Our girls are Anna Leigh, who’s 17, and Madison, who’s 14. They go to Columbus High School.
When did you come here for the first time? We came here in 1982 to start Young Life. We were content where we were, but Don was at a conference and someone said Columbus needed an area director. He started getting letters from people in Columbus who said they were excited about us coming here, and I said, “We are?” We came here and we fell in love with the people. We got on the plane to come home after the interview and we didn’t talk the whole way back. It became obvious we should be here.
Where did you go after here? While Don was doing Young Life, he was working on his Master of Divinity at Fuller. We went to Pasadena for a year so he could finish. I worked the night shift at a hospital. I was a respiratory therapist. Then we came back and Don worked at St. Stephen’s as the associate pastor. Then the senior pastor resigned and Don became the pastor. Then we went to West Virginia to start a new church.
Where was that? In Wheeling. My family is just across the river in Ohio. My girls were small -- 2 and 5.
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Hard work? It was. We had no clue. When you’re younger, you do riskier things, but we knew God wanted us there. But then it became obvious they wanted him to do some things he didn’t think he could do.
How long has Don been back here? 2½ years. The girls and I came last year. We had to stay behind to sell the house. ... Someone called Don for him to interview for the director of Pastoral Care at St. Francis but he wasn’t qualified. They asked if he was interested in doing the coursework, so he did the residency, for a year. Now he works there. He loves it, even though I think he misses preaching.
How did you settle on CrossPointe? Don started visiting there, and Christ Community Church; we have friends at both. He went to both churches every week. When his mother died in 2009, he was tired, and CrossPointe just stuck.
How did your music interest develop? I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I even enjoy writing research papers. I trained on the organ in Ohio and I wanted to major in organ in college, but my parents thought that would be a waste of time. In high school, I took improv rock organ. I had an old Hammond B3, a classic rock organ. I sold it before I realized what I had.
Did you grow up in church? No. I became a Christian when I was 21. My mom left a tract in my room. I read it, then I read the Gospel of John. I have some memories of visiting churches, but we didn’t really go. I prayed to ask Christ to save me, and I didn’t feel anything so I prayed again the next night. I started noticing my thoughts and attitudes were different. My sister set me up on a blind date and he was a Christian. He asked me about my beliefs and he invited me to a Bible study. Then I went to an (Evangelical Friends) Friends church -- it was Reformed Quaker. The pastor asked if I wanted to be the organist. I didn’t know anything about church music.
You just produced a CD? Yes. Ever since I came to faith, I’ve been doing music and leading worship, almost always as a volunteer. At CrossPointe I play keyboard. I took a break a couple of years ago. I realized I needed it and I started doing songwriting. I wanted to put together enough songs for a full CD but then I just did a few songs, for a demo. I didn’t have the money but some people felt I needed to get songs recorded and made contributions toward making that happen. We produced it in Manchester, with Dean Castille, who used to tour with Bebo Norman.
Where do you see it going? I don’t know that I see it going anywhere. It has to be a God thing. I’d love to be on a church staff again, either part time or in a rotation. I like being able to contribute my gifts in that way. I love putting together a set of songs that helps bring out the message of the sermon. I don’t believe music is worship, but worship happens in the heart; and music helps make that happen. It’s a gift from God.