I’m pleased to announce that on Monday, November 13, Nick Wilbur will join our staff as our new Children’s Pastor. In this role, he will provide leadership to our 5K – 5th grade ministries.
Nick’s education and experience have prepared him to serve well on our team. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia (B.B.A, 2007), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2012), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min., 2017).
In addition, for five years (2012-2017) Nick served as the Associate Pastor to Children and Students at Cumming Baptist Church in Cumming, Georgia.
Nick and his wife, Christy, have been married for almost 9 years. They have three children: Abigail (5), Joshua (3), and Andrew (1).
I hope you will join me in offering a warm Ingleside welcome to the Wilburs!
A Next Generation Orientation
As Nick comes to our team he will join and lead a dedicated, effective, and experienced Children’s Ministry staff. Maggie Vazquez serves as Assistant to the Children’s Pastor, Conni Tane serves as Children’s Ministry Coordinator, and a summer intern (a different person each year) rounds out the Children’s Ministry leadership team.
Of course, this staff exists to mobilize members in ministry. Indeed, it requires around 120 volunteer leaders to teach God’s word to 175-200 elementary-aged children each week. A host of volunteers also serve hundreds of boys and girls throughout the year at camps, retreats, Xtreme Week (our version of Vacation Bible School), and other ministries with kids and their families.
If you are one of those volunteers, thank you for serving. If you want to serve with kids, now would be a great time to become part of the team.
Nick will report to Justin Nalls, our Next Generation Team Leader. The Next Gen Team includes our ministries to preschoolers, children, middle school, and high school students.
We have long affirmed that we are “a multi-generational church with a next generation orientation.” I know that placing a high priority on sharing the gospel with the next generation pleases the Lord (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 78:5-7; Ephesians 6:4).
And, as you know, I remain convinced that the best is yet to come!