McKay Caston has been married for twenty-eight years to a beautiful red-head with whom he has been graced with three children (25, 22, and 16). Having received B.A., M.Div., D.Min., and Ph.D. degrees, McKay has served as a pastor for over twenty-five years in roles ranging from assistant pastor, to lead pastor, and most recently as a church planter and founding/lead pastor for Creekstone Church in Dahlonega, GA. He also has the privilege of teaching on the faculty for Metro Atlanta Seminary and mentoring young pastors in The Timothy Fellowship. In 2021, he is transitioning out of his pastoral role in order to focus full-time on writing and developing resources for individuals, small groups, and churches through Rest for the Weary.
For much of his life, McKay misinterpreted the gospel to be a form of religious moralism. From that perspective, God would accept and bless him based on his goodness (or at least if he looked better than others). He lived like the Jews in Romans 10:3, “Being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” This was a life of doing more than being, pretending more than repenting, and working more than resting—not a life of abundant freedom and joy.
However, over the years and by God’s grace, he is growing in his understanding of the present value of Jesus’ blood, coming alive to the substitutionary nature of the cross, of the imputation of Jesus’ righteousness, and of what it means to be a dearly loved, adopted child of God. These doctrines have become very precious to him, and now serve as the centerpiece of his writing ministry through Rest for the Weary.