The Kelly family (Todd, Susan, Mason ‘21, and Peyton ’25) are lifetime residents of Smith County with deep family roots in Grace Community School and East Texas. For the past nineteen years, Susan and Todd have owned and operated KTS Litigation Support Services, providing litigation support to law firms. In addition to helping manage KTS, God led Susan to work part-time at Grace in the advancement office through this past school year.
God has taught the Kellys many things during the nineteen years of being business owners. From day one, they viewed KTS as His business, relying on God’s wisdom and guidance for business decisions and direction. God has continually and generously provided for their family in ways they never could imagine, even during this pandemic.
A large portion of their business supports trial teams that converge on East Texas for federal patent litigation. These teams come from large firms all over the country, including Los Angeles, Washington DC, and New York City.
Once COVID cases started surging in larger cities, trial teams canceled their trips to East Texas. Eventually, all federal jury trials in East Texas were postponed until the summer. Without the trials, their business came to a halt.
In February, Susan and Todd stopped taking their regular salary, and for a time, they did not take a paycheck at all. They relied heavily on their savings to make ends meet. Amid the uncertainty, God told them to wait on Him and assured them that He would provide… And, did He provide!
The Kellys are a private family, and kept their growing need close to their heart. Very few people knew how severely the pandemic was affecting their business. Even though business was worse than it had ever been, they kept their faith and began to see God’s hands of help and assurance. God inspired them to start an online gift shop to make use of the equipment they had sitting idle. God also provided through the government with the CARES Act, allowing them to pay employees for a period of time.
The Lord also began using the people of Grace Community School and Church in an amazing way. Out of the blue, people started sending encouraging notes and messages. Families sent
gifts, gift cards, and money. A dear family dropped by with a check to cover a large portion of GCS tuition. Since the end of July, the business has stormed back for KTS with record annual sales – and He’s not done yet!
The Kellys are just one of the many stories of how our community has responded repeatedly to the needs. For those of you who supported the Kelly family, and others like them, thank you. May God continue to bless you and your family.