Letter from the Publisher

This issue marks a sad occasion for myself, and for many of our readers. Kirk Rightmire, a long-time friend of mine and my partner with Westside Christian Chamber of Commerce, passed away on January 4, 2020 at the age of 56. As some of you may recall, several years back we ran a story about Kirk and his struggles with Celiac Disease, an auto-immune disease caused by an allergic reaction to gluten.

I first met Kirk in 2006, when he was the marketing director at College of Biblical Studies. His career later led him to Faith West Academy, where he served as their marketing director for ten years, before once again working with College of Biblical Studies. Kirk and I were great friends, and it was an honor to get to know him. I know that he is now in Heaven with the Lord.

In so many funerals that I have attended in the past, I had no certainty where the deceased would be spending eternity. With Kirk, there was no doubt. When a loved one in Christ passes away, they are forever at peace and in the presence of the Lord. For those of us left behind, we experience sorrow, but sorrow only lasts for a season.

On another note, this issue features our annual Voter’s Guide. We take our time with these selections, and try to vet as many candidates as possible. We also seek outside sources for input. In doing so, we try our best to find the candidates who share the values that our readers hold. We feel that the chief issue to focus on is the sanctity of life. In Jeremiah 1:5, God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you.”

That said, this was probably the hardest time we’ve ever had coming up with our Voter’s Guide. So many of the candidates running are not only highly qualified individuals, but outstanding Believers as well. For instance, just about anyone running in Congressional District 22 would do a fine job representing our district. Congressman Pete Olson was an outstanding Representative for CD 22 for many years, and he will be sorely missed.

Also, keep in mind that on April 11th, we are having our annual Resurrection Run Katy. The proceeds for this run support the Eagle Initiative, a 501 (C) 3 charity by Faith West Academy that benefits countless needy children in and around our community. For more details, visit www.ResurrectionRunKaty.com.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.