LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A longtime associate pastor of Lufkin's Denman Avenue Baptist Church has died.
A church employee confirmed that Kevin Roy, the church's pastor of education and administration, died early Thursday. He had been recovering in Houston after receiving a double lung transplant on May 13.
No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.
According to the Denman Avenue Baptist Church website, Roy has served the church since March of 1986. Roy grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana.
The church website stated Roy has two grown children, a daughter and a son.
"The passion of his life is developing his leadership skills and equipping others to become all that the Lord has called them to be," the church website states. "Bro. Kevin is also a liver transplant recipient and advocate for organ donation.
East Texas News talked to Roy back in 2014 about his health struggles. He spent months in an intensive care unit in 2007 after doctors discovered that something was wrong with his kidney.
After a number of tests, doctors discovered that Roy had cirrhosis and hematochromatosis.
"You know, when you're faced with crisis you really have to choose if what you believe is really what you believe. I mean, you could say you believe stuff but when you're confronted with literally death, what are you going to believe then?" Roy said.
Roy's faith was the only thing that kept him living, he said.
"The church family was incredibly supportive. It's just a whole different dynamic to your life now. You know, you kind of get a second chance to do things--you learn what's more important," Roy said.
Unfortunately, Roy lost his wife in a car accident in 2013, but he said his kids and his faith were what kept him moving.
"God was there all the time. My church family was there, my family was there. My wife and kids prayed for me like I never heard prayers," Roy said. "And to understand that God has plans and purposes that we can't begin to understand, you just learn that stuff is real."