Pastor Rodney Lord
We are excited to announce that in the area of youth ministry, Tyler Preston is stepping up to lead and serve. Tyler’s unique style...which you have seen in his announcements...certainly lends itself to be an engaging leader for youth. Tyler is also a passionate worshipper and young man of integrity. He has been a friend to our family for a number of years. We believe, and so does Tyler, that this is God’s timing in his life to step out of the comfort zone of the past and serve in the area of spiritual growth and development of our youth.
Tyler will not be alone in this endeavor. I had a divine appointment a few months ago while I was at the hospital visiting someone. I stopped in to see Chuck Blevins who leads the imaging department at MMH...no small task.. In the conversation, we were reminiscing about all the youth parties and Bible studies that he and Heather helped lead and host in their home. Of course my wheels were turning and a week later, I asked if they would consider serving and assisting Tyler in developing the youth ministry. They agreed! If you know Chuck, you know he is a big kid at heart, loves to have fun, and is serious about spiritual matters. Heather is the well balanced adult/mom that will take care of many details and see everything that the guys miss. Someone has to be the adult.
We are very blessed at FGC to have new babies arriving, growing kids and youth, and young adults that are stepping up to serve. Over the past few years, these young men and women have been involved in Freedom Groups, Treasure Hunts, Streetlife in New York and other ministry initiatives. They are modeling some powerful things for the youth, and older adults to see. Two young adult leaders that are stepping up to provide further leadership within the college and career age group are Justin and Cassidi Shoaf. The Shoaf's came to FGC already having significant ministry training and have spent some time doing international missions. Their heart to see the Kingdom released into the culture through supernatural expressions of ministry is exciting. Prior to their missions deployment, they were working professional marketplace jobs in this area. We are a growing family and I am excited to see some additional structure and leadership to support the growth and direction in the lives of our young adults. I love the Shoaf's faith- filled adventurous spirit that they carry….it will inspire and challenge!