Helaine Penny

I was blessed to be raised in a Baptist preacher’s home. Some of my fondest memories are when I traveled with my dad to different churches in the New England area where he would preach while representing our church association. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. My husband, Tom, and I have two children who have blessed us with three precious grandchildren.

I enjoy reading, working with my flowers, camping, and spending time with my family. For the past six years my primary jobs at Western Christian Academy have been answering the phone and maintaining our student files. It is wonderful working with my Christian coworkers. My desire is to live life according to Proverbs 3:5 & 6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”

The Testimony of Helaine Penny

When I was 12 years old I attended a week of camp at Camp Good News in New Hampshire. My first night there, the Lord impressed upon me that I did not know Him as my Savior and I was not going to Heaven when I died. This surprised me because my dad was a pastor and Christian camp director, so I grew up in a Bible-teaching church. But attending church every Sunday did not save me from my sins. I knew from Scripture that Jesus was the only way to salvation. (John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”) ( Matt. 1:21: “… And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”) Jesus had shed His blood because of my sin and I had to humbly come to Him and ask Him to forgive me for my sins and to take control of my life from that time forward. That is what I did right then.

I also knew that I now served a risen Savior because Jesus did not stay in the grave. He rose again the third day and sits on the right hand of God, His Father, in Heaven. (Luke 9: 22: “Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.“)

When I returned home from camp that week, I was baptized in my church. (Acts 2:41: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:” ) Baptism was an outward action of my inward decision.

I cannot thank the Lord enough for drawing me to Himself! I not only have assurance of Heaven when I die, but I now have the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life to guide and direct me in everything that I do.