New Alabama Governor Kay Ivey — her pastor’s perspective

New Alabama Governor Kay Ivey — her pastor’s perspective

By Jennifer Davis Rash
The Alabama Baptist

Gov. Kay Ivey has a favorite pew at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. She tends to sit in the same spot and attends church faithfully, said her pastor, Jay Wolf.

Whether she will be seen as frequently now that she is governor is yet to be determined. But either way the First, Montgomery, family “will continue to be her encouraging church family,” Wolf said. “We will pray for her and help her recharge her spiritual batteries as her worship community.

“Kay is a dear friend that I admire and respect,” he said. “I am very grateful that her love for the Lord and His people have motivated her public service. It is a blessing to be her pastor, friend and brother in Christ.”

A prayer partner and occasional counselor for Ivey, Wolf described her as a faithful public servant with a “bright mind, loving spirit, deep loyalties and a genuine faith in Jesus Christ that guides her value system and decision making.”

“Kay’s walk with the Lord is real, deep and daily,” he said.

Ivey grew up in a strong Christian home in Camden and came to Christ early, Wolf explained. “At Auburn (University) her faith in God and leadership abilities propelled her to be elected as the first female president of the student government senate.

“Kay has served the people of Alabama for many years in the strategic positions of state treasurer and lieutenant governor,” he said. “She understands our state’s needs and the processes of government. Kay has excellent relationships with people at our church and in our state.”

Friendly and approachable, Ivey is known for her listening skills and ability to build consensus among people, he noted.

In her first words to Alabamians as governor April 10, Ivey said, “I will serve for the glory of God and the good of mankind. I ask for prayers and support.”