Mollie Bedgood was me before I was me at FBC. She built relationships with students and created a foundation for spiritual growth in the student ministry that was amazingly helpful for a new youth minister arriving at FBC. After I arrived, I was blessed that Mollie stayed on and has continued to minister to the students in numerous ways. She has become a great friend to Stacy and me and has saved me from having to see unlimited chick flicks with my wife! Thank you, Mollie, you are amazing!
Robert Eaker has served in the Sunday School Ministry as long as I have been at FBC, and was there before I started four years ago. I have served aside great men in ministry, but Robert has become more than just a co-minister of the Gospel. Robert is a friend, a mentor, an encourager, and an example to me of how to love students. He is faithful to teach on Sundays, but his relationship with students goes beyond one hour a week. He engages students outside of church and I know how the young men in his class respect and love him. Thank you, Robert, you are awesome!
Stacy Hamilton has one of the most difficult jobs because she has to deal with me on a daily basis. I have been blessed by God to serve alongside her in ministry for over ten years now. Her constant encouragement and unending energy (teaching third graders as a job and still serving with youth) brings me joy that cannot be expressed and I am so thankful that God brought us together in marriage and ministry. Thank you, Stacy, you are awesome!
Dana Rhoades has the compassion that only comes from a mother. She is so dedicated to the students and a prayer warrior that every youth minister would be lucky to serve alongside. She has a joy that only comes from God and is contagious, as well as a constant encouragement in ministry. Dana is a great friend and has challenged me to be more patient when ministry gets frustrating, and to truly enjoy the blessings of life and ministry. Thank you, Dana, you are amazing!
Each of these people has blessed me in so many ways! Thank you each for all that you do and the joy you bring to my life everyday! They are the real heroes of youth ministry!