Both Billy and Crystal were raised in Independent Baptist homes with their families being involved in full-time ministry. Crystal’s father, Bro. Andy Busch, has been a pastor in Midwest City, OK for 35 years, and Billy’s parents, Bro. Bill and Mrs. Jane Coley, are current missionaries in Kenya. While Billy and Crystal have been blessed to have godly parents who taught them to live the Bible way, their godly heritage was not enough to overcome their sin nature and to spend eternity in heaven. At young ages, both Billy and Crystal realized that because of their sin, they were enemies of God condemned to Hell. At age 6, Billy was convicted of his sin after a school chapel and later that day asked his first grade teacher to show him how to be saved. Also at age 6, Crystal realized her need of salvation and asked her dad to show her how she could be saved. Billy and Crystal submitted to believer’s baptism shortly after their salvation.
During Bill and Jane Coley family’s first term in Kenya, the Lord began working on Billy’s heart about returning to Kenya as a missionary. Once the Coley family returned to the states for their first furlough, Billy enrolled in Heartland Baptist Bible College and graduated as a Missions major in 2004. Billy has served his internship at Lighthouse Baptist Church (LBC) in Anacortes, WA, as well as spent a year as a short-term missionary in Kenya from 2007-2008. Since 2008, Billy has been assistant pastor at LBC in Anacortes, WA. The Lord led Billy and Crystal to marry in August of 2016, and now the Lord is leading the second generation of Coleys back to Kenya, East Africa!
As a young lady, Crystal yielded her life to follow the Lord wherever He would lead her. After high school, Crystal enrolled in Oklahoma Baptist College where she graduated in 2002 from a four year program with a major in Music and a minor in Elementary Education. Until the Lord led her to her husband, Crystal had taught both music and elementary education in Christian schools for 14 years.