Ms. Kay Schecht was named the 2017 Distinguished Evangelist for her work ministering to children in the neighborhood near her church in Irving, Texas. As a lay person, she partnered with her pastor and church to create a safe space for children to meet and learn about God, while at the same time providing them with opportunities to excel academically and find their own calling. Sometimes Kay meets with the children under a tree near a building complex where many families live, sharing a Bible story and activity. Sometimes she helps them find assistance with school work or accompanies them as they begin the process of enrolling for college. Kay has served as a mentor and the hands and feet of Christ to these children for over 22 years. She marvels at how some of them have gone on to achieve their goals and raise families of their own.