Sunday Morning Bible Study for youth is back in person on Sunday, September 13. We will be meeting at 10:00am in The Venue – except for the seniors who will continue to meet in The MAC game room. Same great teachers (you can check out who they are on the Youth Staff tab) and the same great opportunity to explore the Bible together.
Here at First Woodway, we take discipleship ministry very seriously. In our 7:37 Discipleship Groups, students meet with a group of peers…his or her age and his or her gender. Each group has two college leaders that help them to grow in Christian faith and practice. Check out our great line up of leaders on the Youth Staff page.
Come and be a part of the spiritual backbone of our entire ministry. It is your chance to mature into a faith that you can use. Our fall 2020 semester kicks off on Sunday, September 13 at 7:37pm in the main Worship Center on our campus. This will give use plenty of room to spread out and be safe. From there we will break off into our small groups. We do ask that you wear a mask and practice physical distancing in worship and in your small groups. Please plan to use the MAC entrance to enter the building.
Wednesday Night Live
Our midweek program for 7th-12th grades is live and in person…from a safe distance of course!. Join us in The Venue every Wednesday at 7:00pm.
To keep up with all the latest, follow our youth pages on the following social media platforms:
bobJOHNS (Youth Pastor)
is our Youth Pastor. He has given overall leadership to this ministry since coming to First Woodway in 1984 (before any of his associates were born). He is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan College and Southwestern Seminary. Bob is married to Debbie, and they have one daughter, Hannah (a Baylor and Columbia graduate). He loves golf, skiing, reading, and playing his Gibson J-45. He is also the director of SonDays Camp, supervises interns for the Baylor Religion department, on the board of directors for several ministries, and has written curriculum, articles, and devotional materials for various publications. He is not a celebrated speaker and never speaks at camps, retreats, or conferences, but he does love speaking to his high school students every week. He has written one book on long term youth ministry (still to be published) entitled They Say I’m Crazy. Bob is also a licensed motor vehicle operator in the state of Texas and drives a truck.
markTATE (Associate Youth Minister)
works with those amazing and always challenging 7th and 8th graders and has been doing that since 2011. He grew up in Lockhart where he claims the best barbeque in the world resides. He completed his degree at Baylor in 2013 and has a Master’s degree from DBU. Mark is married to Taylor (who grew up at FW and leads a small group of senior girls), and they have a brand new baby girl named Nora. He loves his Baylor Bears but not as much as speaking to his middle school students every Wednesday night. Mark loves to play golf with his dad, because he is the kind of golfer only a father could love. One cool thing about Mark is that he is totally into traveling around the globe and learning about/experiencing other cultures and working among them. You could say his two real passions are missions and working (in a most excellent way) with junior high critters. Mark also drives a truck.
starting as the cutest little 7th grader, Meredith grew up in the ministry before departing for the mountains and the University of Arkansas – ending up with a degree in International Relations. Now she is back attending Truett Seminary and serving on our staff – giving leadership to our ministry to girls. In the middle of all that, she spent a year studying in the Kanakuk Institute. We couldn’t be more happy to have Meredith with us. She’s definitely the second best athlete on the staff (hint: Bob), having excelled at volleyball, basketball, and softball in high school. Meredith loves reading, hanging out with friends, and spontaneous adventures of any kind. She is passionate about the opportunity to walk alongside girls through the joys and struggles of this life.
terriJONES (Student Ministry Assistant) came on board in this important position in 2013. She keeps all of this madness so very well organized, and we love her for it. Terri comes from Sweetwater, where she hung out at the Dairy Queen on weekends. After graduating from Angelo State University, she made a choice to move to Dallas. It was there that she met her future husband, David. Her present children, Allison (a Texas A&M graduate) and Sam (a senior at Midway) continue to daily rise up and call her blessed. She enjoys walking, reading, and baking. Everyone loves Terri, mostly because of her pies.
Youth Staff Interns
grew up in Arlington and is completing his senior year at Baylor. He has already been heavily involved in the life of First Woodway since his freshman year and loves everything about this church: its mission, its people, and its heart for the gospel. He loves youth ministry and has a heart for seeing students grow in their relationship with the Lord. A fun fact about Jason is that he says he always looks sunburnt and that’s just his face. His words, “I try to always have a smile on my sunburnt face.”
Sunday Morning Team
High School Teachers High School Department Director: Rodney Bowden Assistant: Heather Bowden
Every year we invite any and all of our juniors and seniors to join us in the leadership of our ministry through our SLT (Student Leadership Team).
Ministry is only effective if the students get involved and claim it as their own. We invite students to serve on a few different focus groups according to their interests. Groups typically meet one Sunday a month to talk over ideas and important events.
Here the areas of involvement:
:: PROGRAMS TEAM
:: SKIT TEAM
:: SPIRITUAL FORMATION TEAM
If you are a junior or senior in high school, seriously consider joining one of these teams. Look for information coming soon about our annual SLT retreat.