Authors

These are the people who write regularly for Kidmin1124. You can see all articles from a particular author by clicking on that author’s name.  As Kidmin1124 has gotten older, we have added additional authors and lost a couple of others.  Authors are grouped together below based on their current status

FOUNDER

WAYNE STOCKS

Wayne is married to a wonderful woman (whom he calls Tricia) and has four kids (who call her “Mom”). They are Joshua (18), Jacob (10), Lyndsey (8) and Nathan (4). In addition to spending time with his wife and kids, Wayne is an avid reader. He volunteers in the children’s ministry at the non-denominational New Life Church of Gahanna in Gahanna, Ohio where he teaches a wonderful group of five to seven year olds (that’s Kindergarten and First Grade if you don’t feel like doing the math) every Sunday morning and runs games for the midweek AWANA program for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade. He also enjoys helping with the VBS program as well other programs for kids. Wayne is fast approaching his 40’s, though he’s not quite there yet. Wayne did not grow up in church, and God did not draw him into his Kingdom until he was 30 years old following the birth of his third child. He discovered shortly thereafter that God intended him to spend the rest of his life working with kids and teaching them about Jesus. Recently, Wayne has started a new ministry to children of divorce. He writes regularly on the ministry blog at Divorce Ministry 4 Kids. In addition to starting Kidmin1124 and Divorce Ministry 4 Kids, Wayne also has another blog called Dad in the Middle and regularly publishes articles on Ministry-to-Children.com. You can also find him on twitter at @stocksohio, on Facebook, and on CMConnect. When Wayne isn’t working with kids or writing about children’s ministry, he spends his days working as an accountant and litigation consultant.

MANAGING EDITOR

MATT NORMAN

Matt is married to his high school sweetheart Kim and together they have two wonderful kids, Trey 10 and Jayden 3. Matt is 37 years old and is a volunteer children’s pastor at The Rock of Winter Haven, in Winter Haven, Florida. While he hopes to be in a full-time ministry position in the not too distant future, he currently works full time as an RN in the emergency department where he has worked for the last 16 years. During that time, Matt has held a number of positions. Matt is passionate about serving God throughout the church and especially in the children’s ministry that he leads (http://www.kidsrockcm.org). Matt draws on his experience in caring for the physical and emotional needs of patients in the ER as he minsters to children and adults alike. He also uses the leadership experience gained while working in the ER to help his ministry. In his spare time Matt is an avid automotive enthusiast and a self confessed computer nerd and tech junkie. You can find out more about Matt on CMConnect and on his personal blog.

ASSISTANT EDITOR

JARED MASSEY

Jared is the associate pastor at Warsaw Assembly of God in Warsaw, IL. His primary responsibilities include children’s and youth ministries. Jared loves to use creative methods to minister to the youth of today including magic, juggling, and characters for the children and creative, practical sermons for the teens. Thus far, Jared represents the youth element for our site. He is married with one young son. When he isn’t giving his time to the church and kids, he spends his days working at a bank. In addition to his musings on this site, you can find more of Jared’s insightful thoughts at Small Town Kidmin. He can also be reached on Twitter and Facebook.

REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS

KAYE CHALWELL

Kaye

Kaye has been married to Francis for twenty five years and has four children who range from twenty down to thirteen years old. She became a Christian twenty six years ago and has pretty well been involved in children’s ministry ever since. She currently works part-time as a children’s minister in a church in Sydney, Australia, and is writing a PhD on Christian teaching. She is passionate about teaching that encourages children to think deeply about their faith.

Kaye has both education and theological training. She has previously worked in schools teaching children about Jesus and writing curriculum for churches. Over the years she has been a volunteer children’s minister and for the past two years she has been working part-time in a city church in Sydney. In her current role, Kaye coordinates Sunday children’s ministry and public school ministry. She recruits, trains and encourages children’s ministry volunteers; writes all the curriculum for the children’s ministry; leads and teaches children on Sunday; and does all the other things that need to be done to keep children’s ministry moving along. A high point of her week is going into four local public schools every week and teaching children about Christianity, an opportunity that is available in Australian schools.

Kaye is nourished and encouraged by the online community of children’s ministers and loves reading blogs and discussion forums. She has recently started her own blog – www.transformingkidsministry.wordpress.com – to support and encourage other children’s ministry leaders.

WENDY DOUGLAS

Wendy is blessed to be a warrior’s wife and mom to 3 incredible boys. She has been married for 18 years and her boys range in age from 8 to 13. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She has a heart not only for impacting the lives of children by sharing the love of Jesus and the Word of God, but also a passion to partner with parents in their journey as the spiritual leaders of their children. Wendy’s day job is in a business office, but every free moment you will find her reading anything she can get her hands on. You can connect with Wendy on Twitter and Facebook. You should also check out her blog at Saved Sister.

JOEY ESPINOSA

Joey currently lives in Allendale, SC, with his wife of 12 years, and their three children (ages 10, 8, and 5). He works with an after school program in Allendale County, which is the most impoverished area in the state.

The journey to Allendale was a strange path for Joey. He studied chemistry in college (and graduate school), and worked in that field for almost 10 years. Then, after years of he and his wife leading as volunteers in the Children’s Ministry at Grace Church, he came on staff as a full-time Pastor of Children & Families. It was during this time that he discovered his love for writing, as he launched a parenting blog for the church, that is still updated by the children’s ministry staff.

In 2010, Joey transitioned off of the church staff, and wound up being led to Allendale, where his church had been building relationships and doing ministry for several years. His family enjoys living in this community, and being a part of what God is doing. They want to see long-term, gospel-oriented life change, and Joey writes about their observations and experiences on Mission: Allendale.

Joey also writes about parenting (both personal stories and key principles) on A Different Way. He would love for you to be a part of the community — whether by commenting on either blog, or by stopping by Allendale, SC (if you’re ever in the area!).

LYNDA FREEMAN

Lynda has been married to Dave for 30 years . . . they met on a volcano in Northern California! Lynda took one look at Dave and thought, “We will get married!” And so they did! They have two grown children, Tiffany (26) and Dave (25), a daughter-in-law, Jackie (26) and two grandsons; Josiah (3) and the newly arrived Caleb – they are the delight of her life! Lynda lives in West Michigan and has served in children’s ministry for 40 years . . . she started with a Wednesday night class for four year olds when she was 10 . . . and has led ministries in churches with 100 people, 1600 people and several in-between. Children’s ministry is the passion of Lynda’s heart – she wants volunteers to love serving and children to love being there so they can learn to know and walk with Jesus all their lives!

Lynda worked as a consultant for Gospel Light, Group and Zonderkidz/Big Idea/Willow Creek and worked as the Church Resource Consultant for Kregel Bookstores for 13 years providing training and answering questions for churches throughout West Michigan. She has written for Children’s Ministry Magazine and Your Church Magazine.

Eight years ago Lynda was diagnosed with MS, Lupus and a few other auto-immune illnesses and can no longer work “hands-on” with children . . . the stairs at her church are best avoided. However, Lynda consults with and advises her church and writes their curriculum, kidz Connection. She also writes a blog – About the Children’s Department and is developing a series of children’s books and a resource on praying the Scripture!

For fun, Lynda writes a blog for grandmas- grandma’s cookie jar…well, grandpas, moms and dads are welcome to read it, too! You will find her on Twitter (About Children and gramacookiejar), Facebook and CM Connect.

BARBARA GRAVES

Barbara is married to Chris and is the mother to Stephen, 25, Stephanie, 22, Stacie, 22, and Stuart, 19. She is the volunteer Children’s Pastor at Momentum Church in Woodstock, GA where she oversees kids from birth to 5th grade. Momentum Church is part of the Assemblies of God and just this Easter moved from a theater to their own facility. In addition to her time spent as a volunteer Children’s Pastor, Barbara is spending her time running the kitchen at summer camps during the week and drinking lots of coffee. She is one of the hardest working people in Kidmin that you will ever meet! You can read more from Barbara at her blog Caffeinated Adventures. She is also available on Twitter and CMconnect.

“COMMANDER BILL” GUNTER

Bill is the Associate Pastor of Children & Youth at Hanover Fellowship in Hanover, Pennsylvania where his responsibilities include caring for children and youth from birth through high school. Along with his responsibilities in the local church, Bill is very involved in the Awana ministry, serving on the ministry teams of local Awana missionaries, providing training, leading workshops and helping run regional events. By his contributions on the Awana Forums, he became known as “Commander Bill” and desiring to help Awana clubs work together, he developed CommanderBill.net, a site designed to help network those serving in Awana and provide resources to assist them in ministry. Bill married his wife, Peg, in 1984 and they have two children who have grown into wonderful young adults. Bill commutes over an hour each way to his FT job as a Project Manager at a small manufacturing facility. You can follow Bill on Twitter, FaceBook, and his CommanderBill.net blog. If you are interested in seeing what is happening in his local church ministry you can check out the ministry blogs for Hanover Fellowship’s KidZone and “Renewed” (youth ministry).

LEISA JENKINS

Leisa Jenkins is a wife of 11 years, and her marriage continues to grow and get better each day. She is also the mother of 3 great kids- Dalton (11), Emma (8), and Abby (5). She is a member of Meadowbrook Christian Church, a non denominational church, in Fenton, Mo. Leisa volunteers full-time as the Children’s Ministry Director responsible for kids from birth through fifth grade. Her goal on Sunday mornings is to create an incredible Godly experience for each child and to give kids the confidence to understand that God fights for them each day. She has an incrediable love for each family that she comes in contact with and is more excited each day to share the love of our amazing God with them! God has given Leisa the incredible opportunity to encourage and impact every life around Her, and she will serve God each day by reaching one family at a time.

Leisa decided a year-and-a-half ago to fully surrender her life to God – to serve him and teach others with the gifts that he has blessed her with. 3 years ago they Leisa and her family were like so many families on Sunday morning making every excuse not to go to church. The turning point came when they realized as a family that their priorities were upside down. They resolved that nothing was going to stop them from giving back to God who had made there life what it was! Leisa is currently a thriving Family Manager Coach and wants to reach out to families teaching them that finding balance in the home is key. She wants to give parents the tools to bring God into the home all week long and help them to engage in spiritual conversations that can have a life time of impact. Leisa has a strong desire to teach others by using her life as an example, and she trusts that she has a future full of amazing stories to write with God by her side.

You can find Leisa Jenkins on Facebook, Twitter, and CMConnect.org. Leisa is very excited to be part of the Kidmin1124 community.

TONYA LANGDON

Tonya has been married to her amazing husband John since November 1980, and together they have three children; Jonathan 25, Trevor 19 and Elizabeth 12. They enjoy getting together with extended family, going camping, hiking and the desert. Tonya currently is spear heading The Agape Connections (special needs ministry), teaches the 4th & 5th grader Sunday school class and leads a support group for parents who have children with A.D.H.D. and Behavioral Disorders at Skyline Church in La Mesa, Ca. Tonya started her journey, working with children and teens with special needs, in high school where she was able to come along side and mentor them. After adopting Jonathan, she found that there was a huge need for reliable, accurate information and support for the parents of children who have behavioral or developmental challenges. In addition she found that most churches were not equipped to work with families which meant parents could not attend church services themselves. The Agape Connections work with families who have special needs children so the entire family is able to attend church services and age appropriate church activities (Awana’s Mud Run, Kidz Night Out, VBS, etc.). For more information on Tonya’s journey with special needs children visit www.specialneedskidz.com , www.skylinechurch.org, or on Facebook. In Tonya’s “free time” she is studying for ordination, writes articles and co-owns an office products business with her brother.

GLENYS NELLIST

65854_181064101905766_100000065320159_686727_6077085_nGlenys was born and raised in a little village in northern England. Her introduction to spreading the gospel began as a child when she and her seven siblings would often accompany her father, a Methodist preacher, as he stood on street corners singing hymns and loudly inviting passers-by to their small village church. Years later, Glenys became a Primary school teacher before relocating to the USA in 2000 to work as a Director of Children’s Ministry. Although she no longer stands on street corners to spread the gospel, Glenys continues to proclaim it in her writing. She is a frequent contributor for Pockets and The Little Christian magazines and blogs about children’s ministry at Kids’ Ministry Matters. She has a passion for bringing kids to know Jesus Christ and for encouraging all those involved in children’s ministry. Glenys lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband David, where she serves as Coordinator of Children’s Ministry for the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. Glenys and David have four fine sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and one adorable grandson.

BRENNA PHILLIPS

Brenna Phillips earned her Master of Arts in Christian Education with a specialization in childhood education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Florida Southern College. She is married to David Phillips, who is pastor of Mission Fellowship Church in Smyrna, Delaware, where she serves as volunteer Children’s-Family Minister.

She teaches preschool full-time at an early childhood learning center in Middletown, Delaware, and regularly writes and posts lesson ideas and helps on her blog: www.brennaphillips.com.

Brenna has been involved in children’s ministry for many years in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Delaware. She has done all aspects of preschool and children’s ministry from planning to staffing to children’s sermons to special events and much more.

Her ideas have been published in Group Publishing’s Children’s Ministry Magazine.

She has written an article for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware’s state mission paper.

She has participated in an expert interview with Children’s Ministry Academy to help teach and train their students in the program.

She has taught as adjunct faculty and is currently consulting with Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama, on a re-design of their children’s ministry minor program.

Brenna has authored three illustrated children’s books: Savannah Goes to Children’s Worship and The Multi-Colored Promise and a third book yet to be published on the Fruit of the Spirit.

Brenna’s goal is to combine her love of teaching with her love of children’s ministry by sharing lessons and ideas from the classroom to be incorporated into the church. You can read more of her work at brennaphillips.com.

POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTORS

TAMMY DEBRICK

Tammy is the children’s pastor at Lees Summit First Assembly of God in Lees, Summit, MO (a suburb of the east side of Kansas City)  She has been married to Mark, a conductor for BNSF Railway, since May 1989.  She is the mother of 3 blessings:  Jake, age 20, Missy, age 16, and Dee, age 13.  She is very fortunate be able to not only nurture her children, but also be their primary educator, as they homeschool all 3 children.  Jake graduated in 2009 & is now studying graphic digital arts in college (and making straight A’s!)  Both girls are still continuing their studies at home.

Tammy is currently doing a complete make-over on the children’s ministry department at her church:  new name, new rooms, new paint, new lighting, new everything.  It’s fun but big task for sure!

When not homeschooling or working in children’s ministries, Tammy can be found coaching baton twirling (both of her daughters compete & perform) as well as coaching a human video team.  She also enjoys reading & music.  You can learn more about her on Facebook or on CMConnect

SARAH FARISH

Sarah is married to Steve and has two children: Hannah, 11, and Owen, 8.  She volunteers in children’s ministry at First Baptist Church in Williamstown, WV, at the mid-week program UpStreet 24/7.  She’s also one of the storytellers in the Sunday morning children’s environment, UpStreet.  This year Sarah took a leave of absence from teaching 11th grade English to slow her family’s busy life.  She has a heart for children of all ages and avidly reads books about ministry and theology.  Sarah also loves coordinating her church’spacking of shipping containers for Honduras, where she’s been twice as a missionary. You can connect with Sarah on Facebook, Twitter, or through her blog Making Much of HIm 365.

FORMER CONTRIBUTORS

KENNY ACOCK

JOHN FOLEY

LISA HABISREUTINGER

THERESA HASKINS

TAMMY JONES

DOUG OLSON

LINDSEY WHITNEY

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