WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (KT) – Steve Kellam could easily be called a modern-day fisher of men.
Kellam, the pastor of Knoxville Baptist Church, had several homes on Williamstown Lake as part of their territory for Gospel to Every Home.
The only way to get to some of those doors is by boat, so that’s what Kellam did.
“The lake that is in our community is where a lot of folks come down from Ohio and stay on the weekends,” he said. “Some of the people didn’t want to talk and some had been partying all night, but when I did have a full-blown conversation about the gospel, it was great.”
Kellam said he went dock to dock and looked for life. Some people were sitting with the first cup of coffee for the day.
“I believe in the due diligence of doing what God calls us to do,” he said. “I want to share the truth, share it in love and that’s what I do. I let the Spirit lead from there.”
The evangelistic pastor asked the residents who Jesus was to them, and if He was not their Lord and Savior, “then we have a problem,” he said.
Some were receptive, some turned him away – just like those who have gone with packets door to door. However, no matter what, he’d leave materials with them. Even if no one was home, he’d tack a packet to the dock.
“I’d come by later in the boat and it’d be gone,” he said.
Kellam said he enjoyed riding beside pontoon boats and asking them if he could share a word with them. He said the reception was mixed.
Knoxville Baptist Church packaged 1,200 Gospel to Every Home kits to be passed out. Kellam said they had all but around 100 delivered to their areas including the lake homes.
He said one gentleman from Mason, Ohio, was interested in what he was doing. He was already a believer, Kellam said. “He said it was good to know there’s a church here locally that they can attend if they stay over on Saturday night.”
Kellam said he has taken packages to about 200 homes on the lake. Other churches have part of the territory that includes close to 600 lake homes.
“I knew you weren’t going to get to some of these homes except on the water,” he said. “And I’m not going to lie, I did throw a line in the water a time or two.”