On Saturday, Brian Key was called home to heaven. Brian was a numbers guy who worked in the financial sector. While numbers may have been his vocation, students were his passion. He served as a lay leader in the junior high ministry at Crossroads Bible Church in Bellevue, WA, for 20+ years. He impacted countless students, including three that lived in my house and share my name. He and his wife, Susan, always had kids over to their home. Brian went on numerous Summer Trek trips, the junior high ministry trip to Camp Bighorn in Montana where students served in various ways. One of the summer projects was building a trail up to the cross. If a student memorized a certain number of verses, Brian would reward them by taking them to a Seattle Mariners game. He took his boat out to the Columbia River for Summer Safari, the junior high summer waterskiing camp. As parents of three junior highers, Carol and I benefited from his investment into the kids. Since we helped cook for Summer Safari, we saw Brian and Susan’s service up close. Last year, Brian retired from his corporate job and he and Susan became missionaries with TEAM. They recently moved to La Paz, Mexico, to serve that community. Brian was hiking in the area on Saturday when he had a heart attack and God called him home.
Brian’s sudden departure took us all by surprise and reminded us once again that our times are in God’s hands. While we rejoice that Brian is now in heaven reunited with his son, Justin, we grieve with Susan and their other son, Aaron, who are left behind.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Matthew 25:21, ESV