Caylee Dugger, youth director at First Baptist Church North Kansas City and a student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, was killed in a highway accident Thursday afternoon (Feb. 2).
According to local news station Fox 4, Dugger was involved in a three-vehicle wreck and died on the scene. She was reportedly traveling to Texas to visit her nephew when the accident occurred.
Dugger was a graduate of Union University and was planning to graduate in the spring of 2023 from Midwestern Seminary with her master of theological studies in missions. She also planned to pursue her M.Div. in international church planting following graduation.
‘To know Caylee was to love Caylee’
News of Dugger’s death sparked reactions from Midwestern Seminary’s leadership.
“The entire seminary community mourns the passing of Caylee Dugger,” said Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen. “She was a delightful young woman, devoted to seeing others come to faith in Christ. Even as we grieve, we grieve not as those without hope. Our hope is in Christ — as was Caylee’s.”
Karen Allen, the president’s wife and director of the Midwestern Women’s Institute, said, “I was deeply saddened to learn this morning of Caylee’s tragic car wreck yesterday afternoon. To know Caylee was to love Caylee. Her deep passion for the nations was evident, and I know the ladies in Midwestern Women’s Institute will greatly miss her, as will I.”
‘He is still faithful’
Dugger was an avid podcaster and aspiring author. She posted often on her blog, A Girl and Her Adventures, and shared posts regarding her walk with the Lord. On June 10, 2022, she shared the following:
“I’m a Christian. I’m a follower of Jesus who holds the Bible as the infallible Word of God and who believes that I am saved by grace through faith in Christ alone. The Holy Spirit is at work in my life making me more like Jesus every day — even when I fail and mess up, He is still faithful — and at the end of all things, when I’m worshiping the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, the only title that’s going to matter is ‘Redeemed’.”
Caylee’s family informed institutional leadership that the memorial service will be in Caylee’s hometown near Nashville, Tennessee, in the days ahead.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written and originally published by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.