Page 26 - Spring 2012

The Shearer family lives out
William Carey’s motto: “Expect
great things from God; attempt great
things for God.” Spending almost 20
years on the mission field in Central
and South America has taught this
family the importance of service
and the joy of fulfilling the calling of
God. Their journey was influenced
early on by William Carey University
when Kevin (’80) completed his
Bachelor of Arts in religion and has
come full circle with three more
members of the family receiving
degrees at the May graduation.
Kevin and Pam (’12), both natives
of Jones County, moved to Costa
Rica with their daughters, Michelle
and Kimberly, who were
four and two at the time, to study
Spanish. The family then moved to
Peru, where they served fulltime on
the mission field and where their
third daughter, Melissa (’12), was
born. While Kevin and Pam worked
in church planting and Christian
higher education, the mission work
was a family affair. “I am so glad
that my children broadened their
worldview by living overseas,” said
Pam. “They all three participated
with us in our ministries.”
Kevin, who went on to receive
the Master of Divinity from New
Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary and the Doctor of
Ministry from Mid-America Baptist
Theological Seminary, currently
serves as pastor of Hattiesburg’s 38th
Avenue Baptist Church, where his
family worships and Pam serves as
pianist and Sunday school teacher.
Of his time at Carey, Kevin said,
The excellent teaching of my
religion professors enabled me to be
better prepared, initially as a pastor,
then as a missionary, and the church
administration classes continue to be
valuable, even more than 30 years
While working at Carey as the
advancement and church relations
assistant and curator of the Sarah
E. Gillespie Museum, Pam worked
toward the Master of Arts in
English and graduated in May. Her
experiences abroad and fluency in
Spanish allowed her to contribute
to positive learning experiences in
classes, and much of her writing in
world literature centered on Spanish
texts and authors.
All three of their daughters
and grandson, Kimberly’s three-
year-old, Michael, live close by in
Hattiesburg. Michelle, who works
for Jones County Junior College,
graduated from Carey in May with
the Bachelor of Arts in religion and
a psychology minor, and Melissa
also graduated in May from
Carey with a Bachelor of Arts
in English and a Spanish minor.
Kimberly, who attended Carey,
currently serves as a medical
assistant and interpreter and
intends to complete her degree
at Carey soon. “My opportunity
to live overseas has influenced
who I am today as well as my
career choice,” said Kimberly.
Although the family is not
currently serving in international
missions, each of their hearts
is still focused on the calling of our
namesake, and they reiterate the fact
that we are all called to serve. “I am
called to missions like my parents
and have full confidence that God
will provide the answers to where I
will go or how I will get there,” said
Michelle. “Until then, my mission
field is right here.”
Melissa added, “My experiences
abroad and here in Mississippi
have taught me that missions is the
kingdom plan of God to use His
children to reach a lost world. It
is a calling to everyone who is a
L-R) Michelle,
Pam, Melissa,
L-R seated) Kimberly, Michael, Pam
L-R Standing) Melissa, Kevin, Michelle
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