Hi, friend! I'm happy you're here. 

 Photograph by  Jordan Rivera

I'm Crystal. I am a Texas native and newlywed church planter’s wife. My husband, Calvin, and I live in Katy, Texas with our yellow lab, Theodore, who undoubtably believes he's a lap dog.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, I am naturally and wholly a city girl. But tell me you want to hit the road for a camping trip, and I’m your girl! Should I go ahead and mention my husband nicknamed me Pocahontas? 

Speaking of the hubs, we met while socializing.. wait, I mean,  studying... at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. Majoring in Mass Communications and minoring in Religion and Leadership, my life goal is to communicate Jesus Christ to the masses. 

I find it weird to call myself a writer, but when inspired, words honestly just seem to flow best. Because trust me, interpretive dance is not my forte.

I love that we weren’t made to live life alone. We need people. And I love people.

Community is a big deal to me. The kind where you and your people share things openly, build each other up but also call each other out if in the wrong
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Honest conversations, where you walk away feeling relieved yet so filled, are a big deal to me.

Calvin and I married August of 2014 and found ourselves answering the call to plant a church in November of 2014. I often tell people I said "I do" to the love of my life then "I do" to the church three months later. Our daily reality as young church planters has taught me a great amount about God, ministry, marriage (obviously), friendship, faith, growth and life.

I have felt alone, I have felt lost.
But I have also felt incredibly filled with purpose, courageous and alive

Overtime, I couldn’t keep all that I was learning and experiencing inside any longer. Hence writing. Hence this space. I know I'm not alone, so I'm dedicated to encouraging women and building others up in ministry. I want to bring up younger women in the faith and challenge them to walk with Jesus victoriously all while sharing a good recipe or two, some traveling tips and life lessons. I can't wait for us to get to know each other more!

 

...older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers... they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, workers at home, kind, and in submission to their husbands, so that God’s word will not be slandered.
— Titus 2:3-5

The Random Things:

• I love animated films  
• I used to work in radio
• I am the second youngest of 5
• English is my second language
• I’ve never broken a bone in my body
• I have ran 3 half-marathons and training for my 4th


Ministry:

Calvin and Crystal Williams are the pastors of Christ’s Mercy Church, a church plant in Katy, TX. Calvin and Crystal got married in August of 2014. In November of 2014 they answered the call to pastor Christ’s Mercy, moving all their belongings and 8 week old puppy from a small town in East Texas to the larger and thriving Houston metroplex. Calvin and Crystal both lead worship at Christ’s Mercy. Crystal helps oversee women’s discipleship and events. Christ's Mercy Church is a community built on transparency, committed to discipleship. It meets at 10:30 am on Sundays at 3506 Porter Road in Katy, Texas.