ALTON — Alton native Kristi Lemley began Living in the Light Ministries in 2003 to help people deal with daily life struggles and heal from their past hurts by experiencing the freedom and truth of the gospel.
After broadcasting through a YouTube channel for several years, Lemley felt led to take her counseling and ministry to the airwaves to widen the opportunity to help others by showing her audience that they’re not alone.
Through Lemley’s experience as CEO at CalmWaters Counseling and Resource Center, she saw there are many people who aren’t reaching out for help when they need it most.
“I think sometimes as Christians, people go to church but won’t talk about their hurting pain,” Lemley said. “It seems as though they try to hide it or that they think they are the only ones experiencing it. I’ve prayed, ‘Lord, help me to reach more people who are hurting.’ I felt led to do this TV show to help others through interview and counseling. People email in to be a guest when they feel they have a story to share or a problem they’re facing.”
Filming at the Cornerstone Church at 4836 N. Alby Road in Godfrey, Lemley’s format starts with an on-air 8-minute interview. After a break, she continues on a second six-minute interview to dive deeper in detail with her guest. In the final 8-minute segment, Lemley provides counseling to her guest and offers suggestions to get them headed in the right direction. “Living in the Light” will debut Sept. 8 and will air Tuesdays at 7 p.m. or Wednesdays at 1:30 a.m. on local Channel 50 (antenna) or Channel 8 on cable.
“So often people will say, ‘I know where I want to be, but I don’t know how to get there,’” Lemley said. “The church should be the healing place or a place to walk in and be real. Church should be the place where people feel safe to be who they really are. That doesn’t mean everyone should share their pain with just anyone, but they should be able to admit they need help or prayer. It’s OK to say that it’s a been a difficult day or ask someone to pray with them.”
Lemley said fear, shame, guilt, embarrassment or just the lack of knowing where to start are the most common reasons that people don’t seek help.
“I hope to help people get rid of that feeling of helplessness,” Lemley said. “I hope with this program I can give people a few steps in the right direction — a beginning. With this program, the audience will hear from someone who has been through what they’re facing and that can be the first piece of hope to grab on to. They can start believing their life could be different. We will only begin healing when we’re real with ourselves, real with Jesus and real with other people.”
Lemley explained she feels one of the lies the “enemy” tells us is that we’re all alone and no one will understand.
“Christians are sometimes called weak by non-Christians,” Lemley said. “What people will be able to see on this show is that it actually takes someone with strength to admit they don’t have all the answers and they may need some help.”
To be a guest on “Living With the Light,” interested individuals can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a degree in criminal justice and psychology from Illinois State University and a master’s of social work degree from Saint Louis University, Lemley also has biblical training from Global University School of the Bible. As an ordained minister as well as a Christian counselor, she travels and speaks at churches, conferences, retreats and other venues. Lemley also authored “Broken and Transformed: Moving Beyond Life’s Difficult Times.”