Each author in this book is on my leaders-to-watch list. Every lesson is a must for those who want to become better kidmin leaders. This will be the first of many Infuse books because kidmin folks like you need to hear from learners and doers, not writers and people telling you what they used to do in kids ministry.
Here are the bio's of those who helped me write this book:
Spencer Click has served in children’s ministry for twenty-three years moving through the ranks as a volunteer-Sunday-school helper to puppet-team coach to full-time children’s pastor. He has served at churches ranging from 75–2,500 people in attendance. In 2009, he was named one of the “Top Twenty Emerging Kidmin Leaders” by Group Publishing’s Children’s Ministry magazine. He and his wife, Heather, currently serve as children’s pastors at Bethel Church in Hampton, Virginia.
Beth DeLemos is a developer/marketer who has served in ministry for over twelve years, including five years as the children’s minister in her local church. During that time, Beth also put her skills to good use by starting up a publishing house, Bible school, as well as, a preschool. In 2010, Beth joined The Winn Group where she is able to help churches all over the country with developing the tools they need to fulfill their vision. She currently lives in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband, Sam, and their spunky dog, Tilly.
Jenny Funderburke is the wife of a computer geek and mama to the cutest and craziest little girls on the planet. She has served as minister of children at Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster, Alabama, for over eight years, and she enjoys blogging about kidmin at jennyfunderburke.com. The other loves of her life include ice cream, the beach, and Tennessee Vols football.
Jen Galley has served in children's ministry for over thirteen years, and she is the children’s pastor at Oak Hills Church in Eagan, Minnesota. She’s highly caffeinated and lives each day to the fullest with her husband, Jeremy, and their three beautiful daughters: Clara, Avery, and Violet. Jen is dedicated to leading families to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Larry Hillman has ministered to children for almost forty years as a children’s pastor, traveling children’s evangelist, public and private school teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Larry is currently associate pastor at Faith Life Church in Tampa, Florida, where he oversees ministry departments from birth to adult. He has written several books and recorded several CDs for children to enjoy. He is married to his best friend, and he has four grown children and seven wonderful grandchildren.
Derek Jones is just starting out in ministry, but he has learned a lot of life lessons by growing up as a PK. He is currently the kids’ pastor at The People’s Church in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where he serves families with children ranging from birth through grade school. Derek and his awesome wife, Tori, recently started their family by adopting a beautiful daughter from Ethiopia.
Kathy King has been minister to children at First Baptist Church of Opelika, Alabama, since 1993. Her husband, Mike, is also her boss as he serves as executive pastor of their church. Kathy loves Auburn University and the beach but not nearly as much as she loves her sweet grandson.
Sean Reece has worked in children’s ministry for over twelve years. He is currently serving as a children’s director in Texas. He has a wonderful wife and two boys; and all of them love the great outdoors that God has so majestically created.
Sara Richards is currently the Kids' Pastor at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, MN. She has been serving kids and families in Kids' Ministries for ten years. She is passionate about developing leaders and about helping kids become more like Jesus. She is married to her best friend, Chad, and they have three boys.
Lisa Walker became a children’s minister after traveling for two years in music ministry as a soloist. She has served in churches ranging in membership from 300-2,000. She has recorded two CDs and is currently serving as the children’s minister at Lakeview Baptist Church in Hickory, North Carolina. In August of 2010, she completed her certification as a Christian Life Coach and has recently launched Lisa Walker Ministries to accommodate her speaking-and-training events’ calendar, as well as, coaching clients. She and her husband, Gene, are parents to three precious gifts from God: Jacob, Joshua, and Sarah; and they reside in Newton, North Carolina.
Keith Warfield got his start in youth ministry and since then has been a children’s minister leader for almost six years. He is currently the children's pastor at Grace Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois. He is married to the sweetest, curly-headed brunette in the world. They have the coolest two year old and are looking forward to the baby on the way.
Jon Warneke has been a children’s pastor for ten years in his beautiful home state of Montana. He is currently the children’s pastor in Polson, Montana. His favorite way to pass time is being outdoors with his beautiful wife and three children.
Each one of these leaders has been a tremendous blessing to me over the two years we walked together in infuse. I believe with all my heart you will learn from each one of these wonderful leaders!
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