Many, Many Moons Ago...

Proud Texan

Proud Texan
1976

I am a proud sixth generation Texan. Born & Raised. We can trace our Texas genealogy back to the days of the Alamo.

Grew Up in Church

Grew Up in Church
1977

My older brother and I grew up in church as my parents pastored in different Pentecostal churches most of my life. I only attended private, Christian schools or homeschool.

Professional Clown

Professional Clown
1982

My first career choice was being a clown for my parent’s balloon store.  Dressed as clowns we would deliver balloon bouquets to kids’ birthday parties.

Born to Perform

Born to Perform
1986

From a very young age I was either singing or performing in some play or youth group event. Here I starred opposite a stuffed lamb.

High School in the 90’s

High School in the 90’s
1993

Then the 90’s happened. High school came along and we believed the bigger your hair the closer you were to God.

Whole Can of Hairspray

Whole Can of Hairspray
1994

God and I were apparently BFFs.

Music Ministry

Music Ministry
2002

In 1996 I learned to play the guitar while at Bible college and my world drastically changed. In the early 2000’s I began playing music professionally with a Christian worship band and traveled all over the US.

Worship Leader

Worship Leader
2003

I landed in the Northwest and became a worship leader for a few churches.

Came Out

Came Out
2005

Turns out though – the church wasn’t ready for a gay worship pastor.  So I came out of the closet and left the church and the Northwest and moved back to Texas.

Traveled to Kenya

Traveled to Kenya
2008

But I never walked away from my relationship with God or singing. I couldn’t seem to put the guitar down. I even traveled as far as Kenya to sing and share my faith.

Met Rebecca

Met Rebecca
2008

Then I met the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen.

Wedding

Wedding
2010

So I married her.

Gay Christian Network

Gay Christian Network
2011

My wife and I found a community with the Gay Christian Network and I spent the next few years volunteering in their music ministry.

Live Painting

Live Painting
2011

Performed my first live painting at an LGBTQ Christian event.

Started WebTegrity

Started WebTegrity
2012

Since I wasn’t doing music professionally any longer – I needed a paying gig. So the avid entrepreneur in me took the leap and we launched a digital marketing company called WebTegrity in San Antonio with my parents as my business partners.

YouTube Channel

Kori Ashton
2014

I started my YouTube Channel with – WordPress Wednesday. As part of my community giveback – every Wednesday I release a free tutorial video focused on all things WordPress.

First Son

First Son
2014

Then Rebecca and I had our first son – Andy, and my heart grew two sizes.

TEDx San Antonio

TEDx San Antonio
2014

Spoke and performed a live painting at TEDx San Antonio.

Second Son

Second Son
2016

We thought Andy needed a little brother, and were blessed with our second son – Ethan.

Family Life

Family Life
2016

Andy wasn’t too sure, but these days he’s figured out that Ethan is a pretty good partner in crime.

WebTegrity is Acquired

WebTegrity is Acquired
2017

In 2017 WebTegrity was acquired by a publicly traded company and I remained on as the CEO.

The Ashtons

The Ashtons
2018

Never knew life could be so sweet.

Dreams come true for those who take risks, get vulnerable, and push through the trials!

There were so many times in my teenage and young adult years that I struggled with my sexuality and faith.  I even became suicidal. I was kicked out of Bible College for being gay and thought my “perfect performance” of being the best daughter and young Christian was shattered. So I traveled as an ex-gay minister with Focus on the Family’s Love Won Out program and helped launch Exodus Youth – a program to rehabilitate LGBTQ teens. Thankfully I realized that God is bigger than any one person’s perception of Scripture or interpretation of how we should live and love. His plans for me surpassed even what my dreams could imagine. I left those organizations.

It took years, but today I’m blessed with my little family and an incredible career. I’ve surrounded myself with some of the most gracious and caring friends and family who will tell me no when necessary and cheer me on when I need them.

I don’t sing on any stage these days. Workshops and conferences, WordPress and digital marketing have taken priority as I’ve grown my company. But I know that our lives rotate in seasons. I believe there will come a time to pick back up my guitar and write a song about this crazy adventure I’m on.

If I could encourage you with one thing – it would be to dream big and everyday wake up determined to work hard to make that dream come true!

Ask Kori Ashton

Fill out the form below to ask Kori a question about business or your online marketing strategy. She will respond back within 2 business days and might even make a video for you.  Need a faster response? Tweet  @KoriAshton