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Seminary Student, Youth Director Killed in Car Accident Hours After Preaching on the Promises of Heaven

Caylee Dugger
Caylee Dugger screengrab via YouTube @First Baptist Church North Kansas City

Caylee Dugger, a 30-year-old Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary M.Div student and youth director at First Baptist Church North Kansas City, was tragically killed in an automobile accident last Thursday (Feb. 2).

Dugger on her way to Texas from Kansas City in her 2014 Nissan Versa when she was killed in a three-vehicle wreck in Oklahoma. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Dugger died at the scene of the accident.

“Her unexpected passing leaves a hole in our hearts, as well as many unforeseen expenses,” Dugger’s brother, Joseph, wrote in the description of his sister’s GoFundMe page, which was setup to help with the cost of her funeral expenses. “We are so grateful for your continued prayers and words of encouragement as we work through the grieving process.”

Dugger’s brother shared that the family has been encouraged by all the messages they have received from people who were “personally impacted” by his sister’s life. Some of the messages have come from professors expressing that they have “never seen someone share the Gospel with fellow students as much” as Caylee did.

“It is clear that in her 30 years, Caylee made an unbelievable impact on everyone she encountered,” Joseph wrote. “We are sad, broken, and hurting. And yet, we have found such peace in knowing that Caylee is in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – and that her incredible faith has been given sight. Even in the midst of this tremendous sorrow and grief, God has given us joy.”

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Only a few hours before her tragic accident, Dugger taught about the promises of heaven from Revelation 7:9-17 to the Women’s Missionary Union at her church.

On Sunday (Feb. 5), First Baptist Church North Kansas City Associate Pastor Mike Parrett began his sermon by saying, “We do not sorrow as those that do not have hope.”

Parrett quoted the Scripture Dugger taught in her last lesson: “And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen’…For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

“Caylee is at the throne of the Lord. And he is there with her and she with him and she is worshiping him and he is loving her,” an emotional Parrett told the congregation.

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“We are ones that have hope,” Parrett said. “Hope that Caylee reminded us of from the Scripture she taught from—we do have hope.”