Find out how every word spells God for this Navarre woman.
Kim Meyer never met an acronym she didn’t like.
Faith stands for “full assurance in trusting him,” and trust stands for “totally rely upon Savior’s timing.” Every letter of nearly every word has a deeper meaning to the longtime member of First Baptist Church Navarre.
“Every time I stop at a stop sign, I say, ‘Still trusting on prayer? Yes sir, for sure,’” Meyer said. “That’s how I make sure I stop fully ... It’s like I’m talking to him when I’m stopped.”
Meyer is known in the community as “crazy Kim,” “the ukulele lady” and “the church lady,” she said. She plays ukulele for children as a Sunday school leader, sings in the church choir, performs at nursing homes, participates in prayer walks and wears Christian swag (saved with amazing grace).
Like with her acronyms, Meyer transforms every aspect of her life into an ode to Christianity. She will perform with the choir in the Spectacular Christmas Musical and Drama this month.
Whacky, crazy, weird — there aren’t many words you can use to describe Meyer she hasn’t already used herself.
She reinforces the adjectives with a serious explanation.
“I’m crazy for Christ, loony for the Lord, psycho for my Savior and dingy for my Deliverer,” Meyer said.
When Meyer arrived for an interview at the Daily News, she wore a hat that said, “Jesus is my boss” and a pink T-shirt reading, “Blessed girl.” One look at Meyer, and anyone can tell she makes no apologies for her eclectic expressions of faith.
“This is my gift — to be bold and to be entertaining — because I get people’s attention,” Meyer said. “While I’ve got their attention, I might as well as spread the word of Jesus.”
Meyer was raised in Massachusetts, where her mother taught Sunday school when Meyer was young.
“I guess it was in my blood or something,” Meyer said. “That’s all I heard about was Jesus when I was growing up.”
Meyer attributes much of her Christian outreach to a bad experience when she was 10, she said. On Dec. 13, 1968, Meyer and her family lost everything in a house fire and moved in with her grandmother.
“I just watched troves of cars come down there to drop off Christmas presents,” Meyer said. “That’s the biggest outreach I’d ever seen at an early age like that. That was the reason I was pointed in the direction to reciprocate and help others.”
That moment, along with other life trials, taught Meyer to point up, she said.
“Whenever I can point up and give the glory to God, then I will,” Meyer said. “Sometimes it’s to the extreme, but I’m not sorry.”
Meyer might wear a variety of gaudy apparel, but she always carries one accessory — her ukulele.
Meyer has played the ukulele since she was 6. Her grandmother, Nellie Ferguson, taught her how to play. Ferguson played with legends such as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Sammy Davis Jr. and Shirley Temple, Meyer said.
“I learned all the old ditties she played with the greats on her ukulele,” Meyer said. “’5 foot 2,’ ‘Ain’t She Sweet,’ I still use these.”
Meyer owns six ukuleles, and she plays one passed down from her grandmother only for special occasions. She plays every Sunday in the nursery and pre-school classes at church.
“I’ve changed the nursery rhymes into worship songs for the kids because they already know the tune of those,” Meyer said.
One of the children’s favorites is the books of the Bible song.
“I run into college kids today that come up to me and thank me for teaching them the books of the Bible,” Meyer said. “Because that’s how they get around the Bible today. They sing that song in their head.”
Meyer posts videos of her worship songs on her YouTube channel, Kompukim, named after her Navarre business Kompu-Kim’s Computer Services. The only thing rivaling her love for God in the videos is her love for New England sports teams.
“I gotta have more YouTubes for my Lord and Savior than I do my New England sports teams. That’s a rule I set for myself,” Meyer said. “If I have 30 YouTubes for my New England Patriots and Red Sox, then I gotta have 31 for my Lord and Savior.”
Sticking out is Meyer’s gift, and she uses it.
Mattie Bartlett, the nursery and pre-school coordinator, said Meyer sometimes wears costumes to teach children during Sunday church services.
“She makes the kids laugh with her funny hair-dos and things like that and her little dances when she’s playing the ukulele,” Bartlett said. She goes the extra mile.”
Meyer’s eccentric outfits are a witnessing tool, Meyer said. She wears a visor reading “U.G.L.Y.” in her Facebook profile picture, so people will ask her about it.
“Ugly stands for understand God loves you,” Meyer said. “I’ll take a hit for the good team as long as I get the mission accomplished. It gives me an open door.”
Being “bold” isn’t Meyer’s only gift she uses for the Lord, she said. Meyer uses her computer skills to make personalized bookmarks for every church member’s funeral.
“I want to make people feel special,” Meyer said. “And it’s so other people will have something to remember them by. I want it to be a condolence to them.”
In her 30 years of attending First Baptist Church Navarre, she seldom misses a funeral.
“I say I’m grandfathered in because it’s too late if they didn’t want me,” Meyer said.
Sarah Johnson, a church choir member, said the church is appreciative of Meyer’s thoughtfulness. She is faithful to her commitments, particularly assisting with the children’s ministry.
“I know the kids like it a lot,” Johnson said. “The adults probably think it’s weird to see her walking around the church as a penguin, but we’ve learned to accept all that.”