Kayleigh McEnany credits her strong faith for helping her thrive in her high-pressure job as White House press secretary. “I believe God put me in this place for a purpose and for a reason like he does with each and every life,” she says. “We’re all here for a reason.”
Although she was raised Southern Baptist, McEnany attended an all-girls Catholic School in Florida as a child. As a teenager, McEnany decided to surrender her life to God.
Then, in her 20s, as she began her professional career in New York, she started to struggle with loneliness.
“I was going through a hard time in New York and I was going to a great church in New York. I remember feeling very lonely,” she said. “It was when I first started my young professional life and I remember getting a call. I never answered numbers I didn’t know, but I answered that day, and it said, ‘hey, this is the Journey Church. We feel like we need to pray for you right now, how can we pray for you?’”
McEnany said that phone call was just what she needed to remember that God is always with her. “It was in that moment I think my faith became even more real.”
Leading Bible studies with the Trump team helps her stay grounded.
“It just gave a little pep in our step. because these days are demanding, they’re challenging, they’re long in politics, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, that’s the nature of the job,” she said.
On a personal level, the press secretary recalled how she felt attacked as a conservative Christian when she was studying at Harvard Law School. She noted that that feeling of being under scrutiny for her beliefs is what convinced her that Trump would be an important spokesman for the Christian community.
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“I realized it was that megaphone and that kind of boldness we needed and that kind of fighter we needed to represent the Christian community,” she said.
McEnany said her ultimate goal is to glorify God in all that she does.
“My mission in life is that when I pass that He will look at me and say, ‘well done good and faithful servant,'” she said. “If I can end my life that way, it doesn’t matter what the people say on the way there.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice