First Woodway Youth Ministry wants to connect with students! During these days of shelter-in-place and social distancing, please connect with us in any of the following ways:
Sunday Nights 7:37 Zoom (small group discipleship for 7th-12th grades)
Every Sunday night at 7:30pm students are gathering using Zoom to connect with their 7:37 groups. If you would like to be connected with a small group, please contact our Student Ministry Assistant Terri Jones.
Wednesday Night Live
Our midweek program for 7th-12th grades will be broadcast live on the First Woodway Youth Ministry YouTube channel every Wednesday at 7:00pm. Watch it at the same time as your friends. It is awesome! Click here to watch on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe to our channel! We plan to continue to have a weekly podcast. You can find our podcast on Spotify or iTunes. Be sure to follow or subscribe to receive notifications when new episodes are available.
To keep up with all the latest, follow our youth pages on the following social media platforms:
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 2020 semester dates are every Sunday night beginning January 26 and ending on May 10.
SUNDAY MORNINGS @ 9:00am
Junior High (7th-8th Grade) Meet together on the second floor, Room 205, then move into small groups:
7th Grade Girls Room 220
7th Grade Guys Room A124
8th Grade Girls Room 205
8th Grade Guys Room 207
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 A125
11th Grade Girls Room A203 (MAC Game Room)
11th Grade Guys Room 127
12th Grade Co-Ed Room A210
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS @ 7:00pm
This is just what you need in the middle of the week – a time to gather with other students for authentic worship through music, drama, games, videos, testimonies and a talk that will give solid direction for living out your faith commitment. We have plenty of room to invite your friends, so get the word out! This is the place for you to learn, grow, and reach out to your friends throughout the school year. We hope to see you there!
Weekly Schedule: Prime Time (for Junior High) @ 7:00pm in the MAC/gym
Offers a sweet program just for middle schoolers – from an epic game to worship and a relevant talk.
WNL (Wednesday Night Live – for High School) @ 7:00pm in The Venue
Offers incredible worship, a brilliant skit, student testimonies and a talk geared more for older students.
June 12-23, 2020 Our preparation for this biennial mission trip to the United Kingdom is well under way and our team of 29 students and sponsors is all set.
Belize July 26-August 1, 2020 Belize is a place we have come to love in this ministry. We have a team of 41 students and sponsors lined up to go on our 6th annual trip to the dusty village of San Estevan.
La Grulla June 21-27, 2020 We will be making our annual trek to the Rio Grande Valley to spend a week working with the Iglesia Bautista and ministering in this place we all have grown to love. There’s nothing quite like Vacation Bible School in Alto Bonito park with all the beautiful children of La Grulla. We’ll be loading up five vanloads of students on Sunday, June 21 and returning on June 27. 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 to and fro. We will even throw in an evening on South Padre Island. This trip sells out quickly, so don’t delay! You can download an application here. Or find one in A200 or The Venue welcome desk. Complete it and turn it in with $25 deposit to anyone on youth staff. This is a high school mission trip, but we are saving a few spots for incoming freshmen.
Jr. High Mission Trip August 5-9, 2020 Look for details about Jr. High Mission Trip to Mission Arlington in late spring or early summer.
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.
is the creative touch that this ministry needs. He grew up attending First Woodway and loves being able to serve the ministry that served him for so long. Tanner is currently a senior at Baylor University and is a Religion Major preparing for ministry. He is the head skit writer for the Wednesday Night Live youth service. Writing skits is a wonderful outlet for him to use his creative/comedic skills. He is in his third year as a 7:37 leader with his 9th grade guys. He loves the God-given opportunity that he has been given to minister to youth and to teach them all he can about the LORD. In his free time he eats tacos with his fiancee and talks about podcasts that he enjoys.
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.” malloryROSS
Her parents met at First Woodway and therefore she has been here her entire life. She graduated from Lorena High School and had the privilege of enjoying Woodway’s youth ministry. She played volleyball and was a PAL her junior and senior year at Lorena. She is currently working towards a marketing degree with a concentration in non-profit at Baylor University. She is also involved in Pi Beta Phi at Baylor. Her interests are traveling, spending time with family, and watching Baylor football with friends.
Sunday Morning Team
High School Teachers High School Department Director: Rodney Bowden Assistant: Heather Bowden
7th Grade Guys: Michael Mize, Zach Smith 7th Grade Girls: Kylie Akin, Madelyn Hollingsworth
SLT (Student Leadership Team)
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. We get together every 2nd Sunday of the month for lunch at Raising Cane’s on Hewitt Drive. Then come back to the MAC to meet and plan.