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Pine Cove {Jr. High Weekend Retreat} – April 28-30, 2017
Attention 7th and 8th graders!  This is one of the most epic retreat weekends on the face of the planet, and it is for JUNIOR HIGH ONLY!  We will head out to Pine Cove Timbers campground in East Texas the weekend of April 28-30 for what has become the highlight of our year and something you don’t want to miss.  The weekend is jam-packed with awesomeness:  worshipping at Club, learning from a rad speaker, laughing at skits, zip-lining, swimming, riding horses, dominating at crud wars, sneaking through the woods at Commando, and so much more.  We have a limited number of cabins, so don’t delay to sign up.  Click here for a registration form.  Print it off and turn it in to any youth staff member with a $25 deposit.  Total cost for the weekend is $130.  We will depart after school on Friday and return Sunday afternoon.


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        Room A128 (MAC Party Room)
10th Grade Girls       Room A113
10th Grade Guys      Room A110
11th Grade Girls       Room A203 (MAC Game Room)
11th Grade Guys       MAC Parlor (meet in Room A114 if Parlor is booked for a workshop)
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.


WNL (Wednesday Night Live)
WNL starts @ 7 pm in the MAC every Wednesday night. (End times vary but 8:20 pm is always a good bet.)

For all high school and middle school students. 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.

Wednesday Night Live goes down every Wednesday night in the MAC.

NAMIBIA – June 2017
We’ve been going to this beloved country in the southern part of Africa since 2003.  Our work with Bryan and Dana Bullington (our favorite missionaries) involves school assemblies and service in the poorest of communities.  Our team of 22 students is all set .  Be in prayer with us as we prepare for this exciting opportunity to minister across the globe.  Our departure date for the two-week journey is June 9th.

LA GRULLA – June 2017
Our annual trek to the Rio Grande Valley is a student favorite.  We love the children of La Grulla and love serving the Iglesia Bautista in that town – through VBS and various work projects.  Our team is all set and the trip dates are June 18-24.

BELIZE – July 2017
We now have an established ongoing ministry with the Camino Biblico church in San Estevan, Belize.  Each summer we head south of the border the last week of July.  We work with Thirst Missions, helping with work in an orphanage, as well as leading a children’s Bible school. Our team is all set and the trip dates are set for July 22-29.

In the first part of August, a group of our middle schoolers head up to the metroplex 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. Registration starts in June.

Sondays Camp

The best week of the year!  Sondays Camp will be July 9-14, 2017. This week at Mount Lebanon Camp always touches the lives of the thousands of students who gather. Our speaker will be Afshin Ziafat, with the Logan Walter Band coming to lead worship. First time to register will be at the Camp Sign-Up Rally on May 31, 2017

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 junior at Baylor). 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 is currently working on a Master’s degree at 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.


taylorTate (Youth Associate/Girls Ministry) 
has attended First Woodway since she was a mere 6 weeks old!  She even said her first words in the church nursery and has not stopped talking since.  She proudly claims the nickname “mouth of the south” which her family gave her when she was in middle school. After growing up in the youth ministry, a huge dream in her life has been to work in this ministry, and she can’t believe the time is finally here!  Taylor is a recent graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. This year, Taylor will be pursuing a Master’s of Social Work at Baylor, and marrying the awesome junior high guy, Mark Tate. Taylor’s favorite activity in the world is laughing alongside students while pursuing Jesus at youth events.


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 9th 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 junior 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 Junior 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 rather than join the roller derby circuit. It was there that she met her future husband, David.  Her present children, Allison (a Texas A&M student) and Sam (a freshman 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, Cliff Smith
11th Grade Girls:  Cindy Janecka, Martha Smith

10th Grade Guys: Brad Conradt, Richard Warren
10th Grade Girls: Dori Mattson, Shannon Spradlin

9th Grade Guys: Jeff Anz, Jerry Weatherman
9th Grade Girls: Suma Tullos, Lisa Smyers

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

10:30 Sunday School Class
Erik Romanov, Jacob Steward

7:37 Team

High School Discipleship Leaders
12th Grade Guys: Mark Tate, Collin Plotts
12th Grade Girls: Cara Sherman

11th Grade Guys:  Zach Johnigan, Case Smith
11th Grade Girls:  Cambria Dear, Taylor Tate, Annie Rhodes, Cydney Cockerill

10th Grade Guys:  Nathan Slonaker, Travis Warren
10th Grade Girls:  Hannah Johns, Kristen Jones

9th Grade Guys: Bryan Rhodes, Chase Maqueda
9th Grade Girls: Sarah O’Connor, Jill Perry, Hannah Johnson, Bonnie Ryan

Junior High Discipleship Leaders
8th Grade Guys: David Beggs, M.J. Morris
8th Grade Girls: Hunter Bingham, Bre Golding, Kelsey Kaigler, Mattie Ross

7th Grade Guys: Cayson Buchle, Nathan Smith
7th Grade Girls: Danelle Brooks, Mary Conley Thompson, Stephanie Barrick, Devin Gary


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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