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Miracles Still Happen

Posted on | May 19, 2015 | 44 Responses

After experiencing increasing chest pain, Stan drove himself to the Emergency Room at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY. Because Katy had just driven to Albany, NY, to visit with their daughter and friends from their previous church, Stan was hesitant to alert Katy until he knew more about his condition. An EKG revealed that Stan’s heart was “normal” and there was talk of releasing him that night with a plan to follow up with specialists later in the week, but his chest pain and abnormally high blood pressure caused the ER team to move cautiously. A second blood test was ordered and revealed that Stan’s heart was indeed in distress, and Stan was told that he had perhaps suffered a “mild” heart attack during the day on Sunday. The plan was to admit him to the hospital and talk with a cardiologist the next day. However, at about 11:00 p.m., Stan suffered a real heart attack. Because he was already being monitored in the ER, the medical team responded immediately. He was taken to surgery at about 1:00 a.m. for a heart catheterization. A stent was inserted in an artery that was 90% blocked. The procedure revealed that his heart was strong, and no damage had occurred. Within a short time, Stan noted that there was no more pain in his chest, and his blood pressure started to return to normal levels. After a day in the ICU, he was released Monday evening.

Katy decided to return immediately from New York to be with Stan. Their daughter, Elisabeth, and her husband, Ben, shared the 14-hour drive with her. They arrived at the hospital mid-afternoon on Monday. A few hours later, Stan was discharged and now they are all together at home. Stan is weak, but he feels fine and anticipates a return to normal patterns of life and work in the next week or so.

Stan and Katy are very grateful for the many prayers and expressions of love (visits, texts, emails, phone calls, food, etc.) that have been showered upon them during the past few days.

As Stan and Katy reflect on all that has happened, they marvel at the goodness and grace of God especially that:

  • Stan had the discernment and strength to drive himself to the ER at Central Baptist Hospital.
  • The ER staff had the wisdom to keep Stan overnight even though the initial tests (EKG, etc.) revealed no immediate danger.
  • The heart attack occurred while Stan was in the Emergency Room!
  • Stan’s heart is strong and has not been damaged! Other than the medication now required, Stan should not experience any long-term negative effects from his heart attack.

To God Be the Glory. Amen.


44 Responses to “Miracles Still Happen”

  1. Helen
    May 19th, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

    So thankful for God’s healing and timing. Praying for rest and continued healing.

  2. Jim Smith
    May 19th, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

    Dear Stan,

    So happy to hear of God’s answer to prayer for you and that you are doing well. Had no idea that would happen when we bid goodbye in Chicago.

    All the best,


  3. Rudy Heintzelman
    May 19th, 2015 @ 3:40 pm

    Praying for you brother. God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Since I am so much older than you, what do I need to do to prevent this from happening to me?

  4. Chrissy Greenwell
    May 19th, 2015 @ 3:41 pm

    Praising Jesus with you!! May the Lord continue to strengthen you for the ministry you have before you. Blessings from Mexico!

  5. Sandy Arnold
    May 19th, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

    As I look at the smiling picture of you and Katy on the cover of High Calling, the space at my table is empty tonight, but I am praising God that the head place at your family table will not be vacant! Miracles happen and I, along with countless others, are grateful to Abba that your life is one. Know you both are loved.
    To God be the glory.

  6. Sammy Tippit
    May 19th, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know anything about this. Please let Stan and Katy know that Tex and I are praying for them. We love them much!

  7. Debbie and Bob Johnson
    May 19th, 2015 @ 4:02 pm

    SO glad to hear this good news! WHAT A SCARE! We are praying for you Stan- and so glad that you had such good care! God is so good! Take care and much love to both you and Katy!

    Debbie and Bob

  8. David Dick
    May 19th, 2015 @ 4:08 pm

    We thank God for His mercy and grace. Praise Him for His steadfast loving kindness. May He extend His healing power for a complete a thorough restoration.

  9. John and Deb Pember
    May 19th, 2015 @ 4:13 pm

    Praise God you are alright.Keeping you guys in prayer! The Pembers

  10. Wes Lytle
    May 19th, 2015 @ 4:20 pm

    Thank God for miracles and for His provision in your life. You are in our prayers as you regain strength and recover.

    Wes Lytle

  11. Jan and Jim Rogers
    May 19th, 2015 @ 4:21 pm

    Wow. So sorry to hear about this! But thrilled to know you are going to be fine! Our God is an AWESOME God and he watches over His children. What a frightening time for your family, but they knew you were being watched over by the Great Physician! All of you are in our prayers! Please know that you are missed here and thought about often.

  12. Harold Brown
    May 19th, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

    Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow. Take it easy for a few days. You are still a young man.

    Praying for you all.


  13. Susan J Wynn
    May 19th, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

    So thankful to the Lord for His keeping power, brother Stan! That means there’s still work here for you to do! My husband, Jeff, had a similar situation, but there was heart damage. Jesus healed it on the third day, though! Praise the Lord!

  14. Bobbi Graves
    May 19th, 2015 @ 5:05 pm

    Jack and I have just learned this news and are praying for Stan, Katy and the entire family. Jack also had a heart-related incident during a routine colonoscopy on Thursday – we were thankful he was also at the hospital when it occurred.

    God’s peace and healing, dear friends.


  15. (Ike) Temple Cowell
    May 19th, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    We are now stent brothers too! So glad you were wise enough to get to the hospital! Praying for your recovery and from one who has been there — take your time.

  16. Liz McGlasson
    May 19th, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

    Dearest Stan & Katy— sending love and prayers your way. So glad for the reminder that miracles happen. Blessings…
    Liz McGlasson

  17. Rich and Nicole Watson
    May 19th, 2015 @ 6:04 pm

    Thank you for the update.

    We are praying for the Stan and the Key family.
    The timing and how it all played out is truly a miracle. I’m reminded of God’s goodness and faithfulness towards His children.

    The Watsons

  18. Serounian Keir
    May 19th, 2015 @ 6:14 pm

    Praise God for His sustaining grace, Stan. Watch the new stent. Some of them fail (get blocked) within the first year. I had two of them put in, and one of them failed. A backup stent has not failed. God bless.

  19. Ross and Ellen Hindman
    May 19th, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

    We didn’t know until we got your letter, but so glad for your healing Stan and God’s guidance thru the whole process.Gloire a Dieu!
    Much Love in Christ,
    Ross and Ellen

  20. Joe and Elizabeth Collins
    May 19th, 2015 @ 6:24 pm

    We just learned of your miracle as we read it in our email. Praise the Lord that all is well. We will commit to continue to pray for your complete recovery.
    Our love,
    Joe and Elizabeth Collins

  21. Heather Siebert
    May 19th, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    Pastor Stan!
    Praise God for all the ways He worked in this situation.
    So glad you are still here! 🙂
    Love to Katy.


  22. JaJa
    May 19th, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

    So glad to hear Stan not only survived, but has no permanent damage! Keep living for Him Pastor Stan. We love you and will be praying for you:)!

  23. Donna and Tony DiBello
    May 19th, 2015 @ 8:49 pm

    Dear Stan and Katy,
    We just read this email and are so thankful for the good outcome!!!
    Praise God, praise God, praise God for His watchfulness over you both!!!
    Take care and continue onward serving Him in whatever capacity He gives you – the world needs amazing people like you and the example you are of God’s gracious love!
    Love and bless you,
    Donna and Tony DiBello

  24. George F. Malinoski
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

    Stan – praying for you my brother. So wonderful to hear how God provided for you through this medical episode. Now you need to be a patient patient and follow all the doctor’s orders. Praying for Katy and the rest of the family as well. God’s blessings on you and your family my friend!

  25. June Ruff Leasure
    May 19th, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

    Praising God for his touch on your life.

  26. Kim and Joe Trivilino
    May 19th, 2015 @ 10:05 pm

    Pastor Stan and Katy, so thankful for God’s protecting hand on that heart that beats for Him. Please take care of each other and God will hold you both. Praying for you.

  27. Daniel & Renita Koehn
    May 20th, 2015 @ 7:41 am

    Thank you, Jesus! We are sorry this happened, but so grateful it happened as it did! We are praying! We love you both! Take care!
    Daniel & Renita

  28. the Kucera's - Chrissy, Mike, Chad and Kendra
    May 20th, 2015 @ 9:37 am

    Woke up early praying for you; You are still my “rock star” pastor and I am so very thankful that our Lord has again kept you in his sweet, precious care. I was telling Mike how thankful that you weren’t in Africa! Please know how much we miss you and Katy and that we hold you in our hearts with our wonderful memories everyday. Here’s to a full and complete recovery. Miss you, Chrissy

  29. Robert Brown
    May 20th, 2015 @ 9:52 am

    You were covered early in prayer for you and katy and kids and grandkids.
    Sorry, but it appears it’s a miracle I had just seen this same situation happen with a friend at Porter. Same picture same events in order. NO ACCIDENT. As we both know there are no accidents with God nothing catches him by surprise. The enemy attacked but God had a path in the right place at the right time. You are blessed because there’s so many in this country and around the world have no idea what God can do and wants to do to take care of us.
    I may call later I would come down for a visit but I know you have family there.
    Take care friend,
    May God richly bless and protect for you and Katy and kids and grandkids.

  30. Chuck Naylor
    May 20th, 2015 @ 10:13 am


    Praise God for perfect timing. My prayers are with you and may this time of healing serve as both a physical and spiritual renewal time.

    In Christ

    Chuck Naylor

  31. Pete White
    May 20th, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    Discernment is a great gift from God. One that is often overlooked but Oh so valuable to have.
    Praise the Lord for His great gifts.
    I am glad to hear all is well
    Love ya

  32. Shirley McMillan
    May 20th, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    eow! Talk about the goodness of the Lord! Praise God for all the variables coming together just right!

  33. Tom Strock
    May 20th, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    Praise the LORD!
    He is amazing!
    Get well soon Stan!

  34. Mel and Fran Noah
    May 20th, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

    We learned about this when our daughter read Anna’s Facebook comment! PRAISE the Lord for His guidance, wisdom and direction! Grateful and praying for a quick and complete recovery!

  35. Roger Dewey
    May 20th, 2015 @ 4:48 pm

    Thank you so much for informing us, and we rejoice with you over the good news. Blessings to you Stan, and Katy, and Dr. Dennis!!

  36. Beth Reed
    May 20th, 2015 @ 5:45 pm

    We are so glad for the Lord’s hand of grace watching over you, Stan! Praying for a speedy recovery!

    Jim and Beth

  37. marvin jewell md
    May 21st, 2015 @ 9:00 am

    So Satan picked a Sabbath to shoot an “earthly-body” warning shot across your sternum “bow.” I am sure he meant it for evil but the Great Physician “miss-timed” the attack to prove that the proper physicians in the right place at the right time can be angels if the hurting human follows good judgement and gets himself to the right place at the right time. How much you are like Joseph in being able to say that our physiology dealt you a tough deal but God meant it for GOOD. I think He is glorified. Please continue to be like my hero – Eric Liddell – run the race because you can still feel God’s Glory. Blessings, Marvin

  38. Mel & Fran Noah
    May 21st, 2015 @ 11:01 am

    Praise the Lord for His timing on this. Our prayers are with you for a rapid recovery.

    Mel & Fran Noah

  39. mary alice swope
    May 21st, 2015 @ 11:10 am

    I am so grateful that our good Lord has further plans for you! ALso grateful for excellent medical care and a loving family.

  40. Mike Boyd
    May 21st, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

    Thank you for your prayers and support

  41. Julia Syrotynski
    May 21st, 2015 @ 11:07 pm

    God has been good! Knowing that God is watching over my previous pastor from Loudonville Community Church grants me confidence and renewed srength. God bless you Stan Key. It is amazing! I am so glad.

  42. Jackie Berg
    May 23rd, 2015 @ 12:00 am

    Praise God for His protection over you Pastor Stan. Miss you and Katy. Heal quickly.

  43. Lisa Ferguson
    May 23rd, 2015 @ 11:25 pm

    Dear Stan and Katy,
    Just read your email and I am thanking the Lord for the miracle, the many miracles actually! What a wonderful testimony! May He continue His healing work and continue to bless you both.
    Happy Summer!
    Love, Lisa

  44. Gilles et Myriam Paslier
    May 25th, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    Chers Stan et Cathy,

    C’est avec beaucoup d émotion que nous avons appris ton accident cardiaque Stan! Oui Dieu est bon de t avoir accompagné dans cette épreuve , et d avoir balisė le chemin pour une intervention rapide des chirurgiens!
    Nous pensons très fort à toute la famille et vous assurons de nos chaleureuses et fraternelles amitiés.
    Repose toi bien Stan, et que le Seigneur renouvelle tes forces.
    Votre voyage pour l Europe est il reporté?
    Nous aurons beaucoup de joie à vous recevoir lorsque
    vous viendrez. faites nous signe!
    Big hugs
    Gilles et Myriam

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