THE BIG SPLIT Wednesday, August 29th The last few months have been great, but this little summer romance is coming to an end. The Big Split is happening AUGUST 29 and after this date, we are (almost) never ever ever getting back together. This year, Prime Time (for middle schoolers) and Wednesday Night Live (for high schoolers) will happen at the same time: 7PM. Prime Time will again be in the MAC and offers a sweet program just for middle schoolers- from an epic game to worship and a relevant talk. WNL happens over in THE VENUE, where there will also be incredible worship, a brilliant skit, student testimonies, and a talk geared more for older students. Each program offers a more age-specific experience and gives us room to invite 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!
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 Party Room
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. Fall 2018 semester dates are every Sunday night beginning September 9th and ending on December 2nd.
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS this summer…
WNL (Wednesday Night Live)
WNL (for Junior High and High School) starts @ 7:00pm in The Venue every Wednesday night until August 29.
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.
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.
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.
meredithBRISTOW (Youth Associate/Girls)
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 (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: Rodney Bowden Assistant: Heather Bowden
10th Grade Guys: Brad Conradt, Richard Warren
10th Grade Girls: Laura Schmeltekopf, Lisa Lewis
9th Grade Guys: Jerry Weatherman, John Nickell
9th Grade Girls: Jen Graham, Pam Weatherman
Junior High Teachers Junior High Department Directors: Tommy Ross, Brandi Ross
8th Grade Guys: David Brown, Andrew Schmeltekopf
8th Grade Girls: Prissy Brown, Melle Bain
7th Grade Guys: Alan Bowden, Richie Scott
7th Grade Girls: Sarah Scott, Angie Wood
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:
:: MISSIONS TEAM
:: SKIT TEAM
:: SPIRITUAL FORMATION TEAM
:: CONNECTIONS TEAM
If you are a junior or senior in high school, seriously consider joining one of these teams.