Kay Arthur’s exciting, practical approach to studying the Bible has influenced thousands to use the Precept™ Bible Study Method in their personal studies. Her Scripture-grounded teaching and championing of biblical literacy motivate others to discover truth for themselves. Kay’s passion is that every believer in Christ would live out God’s Word every day.
At the age of 29, a divorced mother of two and working as a nurse, Kay called in sick to work because she was sick at heart—sick over the life of sin she had been living. She had religion, but she didn’t have a relationship with God. On the morning of July 16, 1963, she fell on her knees as a sinner and rose as pure and whole in the Lord’s sight. “For ‘Whoever will call upon the name of the LORD will be saved’” Romans 10:13, (NASB). “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). She hungered and thirsted for the Word of truth and began studying the Bible. As she deepened her relationship with the Lord and learned more of His Word, her sorrow turned into joy and her mourning turned into laughter.
God’s love poured over her in 1965 when she married Jack Arthur, a missionary with the Pocket Testament League named. They served as missionaries in Mexico for three and a half years until health issues led them back to the States. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jack began managing a Christian radio station, and Kay began a teen Bible study in their living room. The small student group quickly grew from teens to college students to adults. From the beginning, Kay and Jack’s deepest desire was to establish people in God’s Word. The ministry they founded in 1970 became Precept Ministries International where they served together as CO-CEOs until February 2012 when their son David assumed the role of CEO.
Kay taught and hosted Precepts for Life™, a daily television, radio, and online program which guided viewers through the Bible verse-by-verse using the Precept Bible Study Method. Precepts For Life reached more than 75 million households each day in more than 30 countries for more than 20 years. Precepts for Life is available online today at PreceptsforLife.com.
Kay currently resides in Tennessee.
Precepts for Life was voted Best Television Teaching Program for 2004 and 2009 by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Kay Arthur was awarded the prestigious NRB Hall of Fame Award at the 2011 National Religious Broadcasters Convention and Exposition. NRB’s most prestigious award is presented to an individual NRB member for invaluable contribution to the field of Christian communications, exhibition of the highest standards and evidence of faithfulness in Christ.
Kay was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tennessee Temple University for her outstanding biblical knowledge.
Kay has written over 100 books and Bible studies, with over ten million in print. Four of her books have received the prestigious Gold Medallion Award.
In February 2012 Kay was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Christian Women in Media Association. This esteemed award is presented to a CWIMA member for their faithful involvement and impact to Christian communications.