An international speaker, certified life coach, and co-author of “The Ellie Project,” alumna Bailey McKissack Heard said Liberty’s “kind, encouraging, and positive atmosphere” and the staff’s emphasis on holding fast to Christian values no matter what life brings helped create a strong foundation of faith in her life.
“I was a brand new Christian when I came to Liberty at age 13, and I begged my parents to let me come to Liberty so I could be surrounded by godly influencers who were living out their faith in the way I desired to live out my own,” she said.
After graduation, Bailey attended and cheered for Baylor University and met a football player, Andrew Heard, who went to Truett Seminary. They fell in love, got married, and both came to Liberty after college graduation to teach and coach for a few years. Later, Andrew became a pastor, and the couple had their daughter, Ellie Grace.
A couple of years later, Andrew was diagnosed with cancer, and in the final 10 months of his life, he wrote several books and spoke all across Texas, inspiring thousands with his blog, writing, and messages. On July 26, 2013, Andrew went home to be with the Lord.
“Spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically, I have experienced a lot, and what I know to be true is that God is with me wherever I go,” Bailey said. “His unconditional love meets me where I am and sits with me and stays with me. I don't have to do anything, go anywhere, or be like anybody else to earn His love. My job is to stay connected to His love and to acknowledge He is with me always.”
Andrew wrote a book, “The Ellie Project
,” before he died as an alphabet picture book of animals, love letters, and life lessons for children and their daughter, Ellie, as she grew up.
Bailey said Liberty will always hold a special place in her heart.
“The experiences I have had here as a student, a teacher, a cheer coach, and a Liberty parent have all shaped me into the woman I am today,” she said. “I am forever indebted for the kindness and love this school has poured into me, Andrew, and our daughter, Ellie"