By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector
LEBANON — Katie McCluskey seems an unlikely candidate for being a houseparent of the Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes White House. She came to the White House at age 15 very reluctantly and after finding someone to stay with for six weeks to delay her move (See story,”Helping God’s Special Friends for 34 Years,” under Tennessee tab).
Mark Anderson, president, TBAH, who was then director of disabilities ministries for TBAH, remembers meeting Katie. She barely spoke to him, both Anderson and McCluskey agreed. Several months later, though, Katie told Anderson something he was glad to hear. After she had a bad experience at her new high school, one of the men at the White House came to her and asked who it was that had hurt her and where he lived so he could intervene. Katie realized then that she had eight new “brothers” who loved her.
Anderson said that he is thrilled that McCluskey and her husband, William “Mac,” will serve as houseparents. They have three children still at home.
“The Lord worked all of this out and we look forward to serving Him here,” said Katie.