My Story and Vision for Children's Ministry
By God’s grace I grew up attending church from as early as I can remember. It was while attending church around the age of 12 that I first heard and understood the Gospel. I recognized my sinfulness and saw my need for a Savior. The Lord opened my heart to believe and it was at that church that I was baptized. My high school years were hard, but God was always drawing me back to Him. During this time I discerned a call to pastoral ministry.
My vision for children’s ministry is one in which all that is said and done in the ministry is with the purpose of fostering a love and devotion to Jesus. Teaching children about the awesome grace of God is an immense calling. As a pastor, my goal would be to come alongside parents and to encourage them in the discipling of their children, knowing that I am called to faithfully plant seeds and till the ground, looking to God to cause any growth.
My top 3 values driving this vision would be as follows:
1) Thoroughly biblical teachings and lessons—I want children to know and love Jesus Christ, and through this teaching to come to treasure Christ above all else.
2) Partner with parents to disciple their children—As parents are the primary disciple-makers of their children, I would hope to come alongside of and encourage them in this endeavour.
3) Emphasis on application.
I have been married to Laura a little over five years now. We got married while in college the summer before our last year of school. We are blessed with two little ones. My son, Jedidiah (Jed), is two and is a rambunctious and adventurous little boy. My daughter, Blakely, is 6 months old and is as sweet as they come!