Kathy Courtright '81
||Coach Jane Tayloe|
Kathy Courtright was attending Dallas Bible College when she first heard about Bryan College through a network of missionary kids. It was 1979 and she had finished her sophomore year at DBC. Jumping in a borrowed car, she drove all the way from Dallas to Dayton, TN, and instantly fell in love with Bryan. "I loved the small campus atmosphere," she said.
Kathy not only connected with students, she also formed bonds with faculty and staff members. At that time, Karen Traylor was the resident director of Huston. During her time at Bryan, Kathy grew close to the Traylors; and as a result, she said, "We've gone back to visit them many times over the years."
When Kathy recalled the education she received at Bryan, she said she could clearly see how her Bryan education helped her adapt to her vocation later in life. "It prepared me to go into the mission field."
Courtright Family, Christmas 2010
Kathy graduated in December of 1981, and she and Allen were married in Dallas the following year. A year after they were married, they both applied to work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. In 1983 they joined Wycliffe, where they spent the next 15 years serving together. Kathy worked as a graphic design artist in the print shop, a skill she taught herself on the job.
It was during this time that Kathy and Allan added several more little members to their family. Kim, the oldest, is now 27. Having attended Bryan College herself, Kim greatly impacted future Bryan students by setting the precedent for the option of completing the student teaching requirement overseas. Katrina (25), Josh (24), and Joe (22) all also attended Bryan College. Thanks to their children, Kathy and Allan's influence on Bryan College extended well beyond their own time spent there!
Kim Courtright with kids on the mission field
When considering how Bryan College impacted her life, Kathy jokingly remarked, "I found a husband!" More seriously she added, "It was very influential in preparing me for future service. It helped equip me for working with people. And we've also kept up with a lot of friends from Bryan!" From leading her to Allan, to equipping her with an excellent education, to giving her many fun memories, Bryan College has enriched Kathy Courtright's life.