Youth (7th-12th) 2018-06-13T09:39:57+00:00

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SSS (Super Soaker Sunday)
Ain’t no Sunday like a Super Soaker Sunday!  Join the party on most Sunday evenings throughout the summer for this wet n’ wild bible study.  We swim, we eat, and we dive into God’s word each week from 6:30-8:30pm.  We meet in a different junior higher’s backyard every time (find addresses below or on the summer calendar).  This is the coolest bible study you will ever go to – and its for junior high only! See you there!

June 17 – Bain (9003 Treeline Dr, 76712)
June 24 – Mattson (7216 Fish Pond Rd, 76710)
July 1 – George (622 Wheatland Dr, 76657)
July 22 – Hollingsworth (24 Timber Ridge Trail, 76657)
July 29 – Higgins (8404 Woodcreek, 76712)
August 5 – Greathouse (10011 Lost Oak Ridge, 76712)
August 12 – Castle (8014 May Circle, 76712)

TST (That. Sunday. Thing)
For all high schoolers, summer means those beautiful home bible studies that happen most Sunday nights.  See below for the location schedule or check our your summer calendar.  Here you will find some good digging into the word of God, as well as share some good conversations and snacks.  It starts at 7:30.  Bring your bible and a friend.

June 17 – NO TST
June 24 – Jones (408 Elmwood Rd, 76712)
July 1 – Lewis (8031 Hidden Bluff, 76657)
July 29 – Ross (500 Gibraltar Ln, 76655)
August 5 – Hatfield (2973 Country Spring Rd, 76655)
August 12 – Bottoms (1008 Oak Grove Circle, 76712)

SWEATuesday, July 31st 10:00am-12:30pm
Join us on this special Tuesday and come sweat with us!  It’s your chance to turn off that Netflix, get out of the house, and go serve our city.  S.W.E.A.T – Serving Waco Ever After Totally or something like that.  We will gather at the church in the MAC parking lot at 10:00am, then head out into the city to work and serve until 12:30pm. Wear closed toe shoes and clothes that you don’t mind sweating in.  Work gloves might be a good idea as well.  Out in the city working and serving and sweating – no better place to be!


9:00 am

Junior High (7th-8th Grade)
Meet together on the second floor, Room 205, then move into small groups:
7th Grade Girls        Room A125
7th Grade Guys       Room A124
8th Grade Girls        Room 205
8th Grade Guys       Room 208

High School (9th-12th Grades)
Meet together in the MAC, Room A200, then break into small groups:
9th Grade Girls        Room A211
9th Grade Guys        MAC Parlor
10th Grade Girls      Room A113
10th Grade Guys      Room A110
11th Grade Girls       Room A203 (MAC Game Room)
11th Grade Guys       Room A200
12th Grade Co-Ed    Room A210


CONNECT. with a core group.
GROW. through discipleship.
SERVE. as Christ teaches.

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 one or two college leaders that help them to grow in Christian faith and practice.

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. Meet in the MAC. Spring 2018 semester dates are every Sunday night beginning January 21st and ending on May 6th.


WNL (Wednesday Night Live)
WNL (for Junior High and High School) starts @ 7:00pm in The Venue every Wednesday night until August 22.

It is just what you need in the middle of the week – a time to gather with other students for authentic worship through music, drama, videos, testimonies, and a talk that will give solid direction for living out your faith commitment.

WAC (Wednesday After Church)
Our summer tradition of post-WNL dinner continues.  After a great time of worship and teaching on Wednesday evenings, we always take over an area restaurant for some very necessary sustenance.  Everyone pays for their own and works out all transportation needs.  It’s so fun!  Locations listed below and on the summer calendar.

May 30 – Fuddruckers
June 6 – Rosa’s Cafe
June 13 – Torchy’s Tacos
June 20 – Chick-Fil-A (Franklin Dr)
June 27 – CiCi’s Pizza
July 4 – NO WNL or WAC
July 11 – SONDAYS CAMP (No WNL or WAC)
July 18 – McAlister’s Deli (Hewitt Drive)
July 25 – Raising Cane’s
August 1 – Rosa’s Cafe
August 8 – Torchy’s Tacos
August 15 – Fuddruckers

England – June 8-19, 2018
We are officially beginning preparation for a high school mission trip to the United Kingdom. Our destination will be the northern part of England, working with churches in Redcar and Bramhall. We have ongoing relationships with both of these churches, dating back as far as 2008. It’s an incredible time of serving communities, churches, and schools. During our time there, you will live with a host family and be given an opportunity to share the light of Christ in this spiritually dark country.

Belize – July 21-28, 2018
For five years now, our annual mission trip to Belize has become a really important part of our ministry. We love the little town of San Estevan, where each year we do a Vacation Bible School down by the river. Literally just about every kid in town comes. Seriously! Also, we do all kinds of work projects and youth outreach events for the Camino Biblico church – and we get to serve in an orphanage as well. It’s a real international mission trip, just a bit closer to home.

La Grulla – June 17-23, 2018
The dusty little town of La Grulla continues to be a place close to the heart of our ministry.  Every year since 2002, we have been making the trek to the Rio Grande Valley to spend a week working with the Iglesia Bautista and ministering in this place we all love.  We’ll be loading up five vanloads of students and FW love and leaving on Sunday, June 17 – returning on June 23.  The cost of the trip will be $349 – which covers a week’s worth of lodging and meals at the VAlley Baptist Retreat Center ( in Mission) and transportation there and back.  We’ll even throw in a quick afternoon on South Padre Island.  Click here for the application.  Complete it and turn it in to anyone on youth staff with a $25 deposit to save your spot!  This trip sells out quickly!  Hurry!

Jr. High Mission Trip – August 1-5, 2018
Our seventh annual Jr. High Mission Trip is gearing up to be a great one!  We will head out on August 1st right after WAC and go to Arlington, Texas to help out Mission Arlington.  We have the awesome opportunity to assist them in their community outreach ministries by delivering food, clothing and furniture to those in need.  We will also be able to work with kids in their apartment churches.  On Sunday morning, we will attend S.O.U.L. church in downtown Dallas and then head home.  This is going to be a great few days!  Total cost for the trip is $120.  Be sure to sign up soon.  You can print off a registration form right here.  Or grab one in A200 or The Venue.  Complete the form and turn it in with payment of $120 to anyone on youth staff.

Sondays Camp
July 8-13, 2018

Sondays Camp is shaping up to be the best ever.   Save July 8-13, 2018 on your calendar right now.  Jonathan Pokluda will be returning as our speaker.  Logan Walter will be back leading worship.  In addition, Sean McDowell will be sharing in the afternoon celebrations. You can click here to print off a registration form.  Click here for all the camp details.  Registration is in full swing.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, June 29th at 5:00pm.

Youth Staff

Bob Johns

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 graduate). He is totally awesome at guitar, golf, and skiing. 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 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.

Mark Tate

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.  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 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.

chaseWOMMACK (Associate Youth Minister)
Works with the high school students helping out in speaking roles and putting together 7:37 curriculum on a weekly basis and leads the crazy 11th grade guys in 7:37. He grew up right here in Waco before studying at Baylor and completing his degree in Corporate Communications in 2016. Following graduation from Baylor, Chase spent a year and a half working in missions work to young people in northeast England. Chase loves just about anything to do with sports and faithfully supports the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers through thick and thin. Chase will once again be starting school in the Fall as he pursues a Masters in Theological Studies from Truett Seminary. He loves his job and looks forward to continuing to work with the First Woodway high school ministry and seeing them grow for the gospel of Christ.


bryanRHODES (Youth Associate/Creative Arts)
does whatever else needs to be done. He helps write skits with lots of dancing and hilarious hijinks and leads the 10th grade boys in 737 each Sunday night. He started going to Woodway as a youth in 2014 and has loved every second of it since. Bryan is a senior accounting major and corporate communications minor at Baylor. His close friends describe him as being 5-years-old and 45-years-old at the same time—meaning he is silly and immature at times but thoughtful and organized too. Bryan loves to play piano, throw around the frisbee, and travel in his free time. He’s thankful to be a part of the best youth ministry around and looks forward to working with the youth each and every week.


hunterBINGHAM (Youth Associate/Connections)
started leading a 7th grade girls 7:37 group and now we can’t get rid of her. Hunter is new to Texas as she comes all the way from Virginia Beach, VA. She is currently a senior Finance major at Baylor. In the future, Hunter hopes to live abroad and help women in developing countries start businesses. She is an avid consumer of candy and cherry coke. Also, she has a deep appreciation for a good dance party and loves hanging out with teenage girls. Hunter is very excited to a part of this staff and for the opportunity to serve these youth.

terriJONES (Administrative 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 student) and Sam (a sophomore at Midway) continue to daily rise up and call her blessed. She enjoys walking, reading, and not cleaning her house.  Everyone loves Terri, mostly because of her pies.  And she also drives a truck (which is nicer than Bob’s).

Sunday Morning Team

High School Teachers
High School Department Director: Darrell Janecka
Assistant:  Adrienne Conradt

12th Grade: Will and Grace McKerall

11th Grade Guys: Darrell Janecka, Jon Edwards
11th Grade Girls:  Cindy Janecka, Niki Edwards

10th Grade Guys: Brad Conradt, Richard Warren
10th Grade Girls: Dori Mattson, Taylor Tate

9th Grade Guys: Rodney Bowden, Jerry Weatherman
9th Grade Girls: Suma Tullos, Jen Graham

Junior High Teachers
Junior High Department Directors: Tommy Ross, Brandi Ross

8th Grade Guys: David Brown, Jeremy Reeves
8th Grade Girls: Laura Schmeltekopf, Prissy Brown

7th Grade Guys: Alan Bowden, Richie Scott, Andrew Schmeltekopf
7th Grade Girls: Sarah Scott, Pam Weatherman

7:37 Team

High School Discipleship Leaders
12th Grade Guys: Case Smith
12th Grade Girls: Cydney Cockerill, Taylor Tate

11th Grade Guys:  Nathan Slonaker, Travis Warren
11th Grade Girls:  Kristen Jones, Elizabeth Wallace

10th Grade Guys:  Bryan Rhodes, Mark Tate
10th Grade Girls:  Sarah O’Connor, Bonnie Ryan

9th Grade Guys: David Beggs, M.J. Morris
9th Grade Girls: Hunter Bingham, Bre Golding, Kelsey Kaigler, Mattie Ross

Junior High Discipleship Leaders
8th Grade Guys: Cayson Buchle, Nathan Smith
8th Grade Girls: Stephanie Barrick, Kayla Joslin, Danelle Smith, Mary Conley Thompson

7th Grade Guys: Jason Fletcher, Tanner Henry
7th Grade Girls: Abigail Hingst, Katy Taylor


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 involvment:


If you are a junior or senior in high school, seriously consider joining one of these teams.

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