Growing up in Pewee Valley, Kentucky, Christy Weaver often felt like the odd one out.
Now that she serves as Women’s Ministry leader at Southeast Christian Church’s Blankenbaker Campus, Weaver desires every woman to feel like she belongs.
“I was an awkward kid,” Weaver said. “I sucked my thumb until I was 12. I didn’t read until I was in the third grade. I took ballet growing up because that’s what little girls in my town did, but I was what you would call ‘husky.’ I didn’t have the physique of a ballerina, so lots of places where I went, I didn’t fit.”
Despite her differences, Weaver grew to love who God created her to be.
“My mom was really good at pointing out the things in me that made me different and making them a treasure, rather than a burden,” Weaver said. “So, from a young age, I just have had an eye for girls and women who are different or quirky—who kind of march to the beat of their own drum. I love women who aren’t quirky, too, but for the women who feel like they’re on the fringes, I want to bring them in because they are good for all of us.”
Weaver’s love for connecting with women, no matter where they come from, is rooted in Scripture.
“Jesus saw the women that the world wanted to keep in a corner, and He models perfectly for us that He knew exactly what to do with the women that the world wasn’t sure what to do with, and it started by making eye contact, listening, speaking life into and ultimately laying down His life for them,” she said.
Weaver’s passion for the women around her is only outmatched by her passion for God’s Word and the impact it has had on her journey of faith in Christ.
“I grew up in church,” Weaver said. “My family was very faithful in attending, but I didn’t really find and know the Lord for myself until after college. I was in a post-college Sunday school class at another church, and my teachers were Andy and Rose Sears. The way they unpacked the Word was new and refreshing to me. That began a journey of being interested in His Word.”
Weaver married her high school sweetheart, Matt, after the pair graduated from Clemson University. They have a daughter, Macki, 20, and son, Cam, 16.
After her eldest was born, Weaver said she felt like she was fighting every day just to keep her head above water as a young mom. Macki was born prematurely and weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces at birth. At the same time, Weaver’s maternal grandmother was dying and her mother was her caregiver.
“When Macki was born, I didn’t have any other friends who were having children,” Weaver said. “It was a really lonely time in my life. And the doctors sent her right home, so she did some crazy baby things. But it was the first time that I just surrendered and cried out to the Lord, really for her very life, for me to be able to mother and for her to live.”
Weaver recalled how her bathroom floor became like an altar, where she would come before the Lord each day because she knew she couldn’t do it on her own.
“He proved faithful,” she said. “So through that—through finding Him faithful in my loneliness and my fear—it led to more praying and more relationship.”
That was a turning point in Weaver’s relationship with God. She started getting more involved in her church and was eventually asked to lead a Bible study for women.
Weaver had worked as a school teacher for several years, but this was the first time she was given the opportunity to teach the Bible.
She taught through Beth Moore’s “Jesus the One and Only,” which opened her eyes to the transformational power of God’s Word.
“It unpacked the Gospel of Luke in this beautiful way,” Weaver said. “I saw who Jesus was and is—all the way from His birth to His ascension. I remember just falling in love with Him and His Word. That led this sweet journey of Bible study after Bible study and woman after woman, and that changed my life, my kids’ lives, my marriage.”
Weaver said that her experience leading Bible studies weaved her love for God’s Word and community with other women together.
“The Lord just began do a work in me to recognize how different I was because of His Holy Spirit and His Word,” she said. “And I just wanted other women to know that. I wanted them to know the joy and the fascination of His Word and how brilliant He is. That became my passion.”
In 2008, Weaver began working as a school counselor in Oldham County, where she spent her days encouraging students as well as fellow teachers.
“That was a sweet time of journeying alongside the women I worked with,” Weaver said. “I got to love on women and pray for women in a different way. You know, I wasn’t journeying with them from a Bible study standpoint, but from a life application standpoint. The Lord really used that time to show me how much He loves women and how precious they are to Him.”
After eight years as a school counselor, Weaver went to seminary for a year, and her love for God’s Word deepened.
Around that time, the Weavers began attending Southeast’s Crestwood Campus.
Weaver quickly got involved in Women’s Bible studies at the Crestwood Campus and formed a friendship with Crestwood Campus Women’s Ministry Leader Susan Wilder.
Weaver eventually joined Wilder’s ministry team, where she helped lead small groups and Bible studies. Wilder and Weaver worked together to write a study through the book of Habakkuk.
“Susan was so generous to allow me to partner with her in so many ways that grew my love of the deep study of His Word, the writing of the study of His Word, of prayer, of the Holy Spirit’s movement and of women’s lives being transformed,” Weaver said.
For the last three years, Weaver worked with her husband, a Realtor for Coldwell Banker McMahan.
“It’s so fun to see how God has taken each season of life and used it in a unique way to prepare me for the next season,” Weaver said. “I didn’t know stepping into a more corporate setting would give me some of the training to work in a leadership capacity, but God did, and that just blows me away.”
Last December, Weaver was hired as Blankenbaker Campus Women’s Ministry leader.
“Who would have thought He would be so sweet to let me do this?” Weaver said.
Weaver said that in her short time on staff at Southeast, she’s seen how God is using her staff and volunteer leaders to catch the wind of the Holy Spirit and help other women grow into the women God created them to be.
“What I’m seeing is a bunch of women who are eager to grow in community, and often a Bible study is the perfect catalyst for that,” Weaver said. “And I’m seeing our leaders being so open to the Holy Spirit when it comes to their group discussions and their prayers—even with the women who sit at their tables. As women, we sometimes get caught up in creating the wind ourselves. They serve well and trust that the Holy Spirit is the perfect One to make a seating arrangement. I’ve been so encouraged by our leaders, who have embraced that, and I’m excited to see where that continues to go.”
Weaver said that catching the wind of the Holy Spirit is key in ministry.
“I was reading an article recently that was explaining the sailboat and what makes it unique, and the woman writing the article was on a sailboat with her husband,” Weaver said. “Her husband had said to her while they were on the boat, ‘Just imagine if we all had oars and were trying to move this big boat. Imagine how much striving and work and toil it would take.’ But he said, ‘Instead, we’re all here on this boat, and there’s no noise of the rowing and shouting; it’s all the wind.’ I look forward to that. What would that look like, if we gave up the striving and the individual oars, and we just hopped in and raised the sails in such a way that we caught His wind?”
Weaver said that her vision is to help God make Southeast a place where all women can find refuge from the world and be built up in their faith.
“It’ll be messy, but it’ll be beautiful,” Weaver said. “If somebody is feeling like they don’t belong, they belong here. My prayer is that I wouldn’t get in the way of that happening, or that we wouldn’t let the way that we’ve always done things get in the way of a woman’s chance to encounter Jesus. And my prayer is that we would love her well so that she would stay, and then she would go out into the community with her head held high as a daughter of the King.”