Take time to explore and find out ways you can get involved in all that’s happening here, because there’s a lot – and this is a place for you.

Parent Newsletter

Stay up to date on everything happening
Quickly and easily sign up to receive email newsletters.

Student Newsletter

Stuff for students
Give us your mailing address and we’ll send you news printed on real paper.

sonDAYcamp – July 28-30, 2020

Cost is $49 per camper.  Please complete one form and payment for each student 

Register and pay online right here

Find the required screening form right here

So we didn’t get to have camp at Mount Lebanon.  Everyone is totally bummed about missing this huge, huge week.  But we’re not giving up quite yet.  In an effort to reclaim the lost Summer of 2020, we are planning sonDAYcamp.  We know these plans may be washed away as well, but we still want to try.  The dates are July 28-30.

It will all happen at the church, with opening worship on that Tuesday night.  We will have Dale Wallace of Vertical Ministries as our speaker and the Art Wellborn Band leading worship.  This will be legit Sondays Camp level worship.  It’s important to know that we will be following the strict guidelines provided by the governor of Texas regarding day camps.  Then it will be back at the church on Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 9:00 for more worship, lots of physically distant/safe recreation, dinner in the Venue, and other fun surprises.

We’ll have it all (almost) – barf bags, all the traditional fun songs, some elements of the Concert of Prayer.  One very cool aspect of the Wednesday night service will be the presentation of Bibles to our grads.  On a sad note, we won’t be able to have Friend night.  We know it won’t be the same, but it will be nice to be together finally.

Please understand that these plans may have to be canceled at a moment’s notice, but we want to give it a go.  Here are the details:  The cost will be $49 per person – that covers the two meals, another t-shirt (Yay!), and the program.  You can register and pay right here.  See all the Covid guidelines here including where to find the forms to be filled out by your parents…

We will start giving out t-shirts to those who have registered at WNL on Wednesday, July 22.  You will still be able to register after that date.  We know this will be a much smaller number, but that’s okay.  In fact, it will be much easier to handle and keep everyone safe.  Talk with your parents and see if this is for you.  Hope to see you there.

First Woodway Youth Ministry wants to connect with students!  During these days of physical distancing, please connect with us in any of the following ways:

Sunday Nights
TST – for high schoolers

Beginning Sunday, June 7 @ 7:00pm
We are bringing small groups together for incoming 9th grade through high school grads to study the Bible together live and in person!  We will meet outside by grades, spread out across our campus.  Click here to see where your grade is meeting.  For all small group gatherings, our staff and volunteers will be there to help students practice physical distancing.  Bring your bible and your own chair!

Monday Nights
Big Monday – for junior highers
Beginning Monday, June 8 @ 6:30pm
There will be separate gatherings for incoming 7th & 8th graders at different homes in our community each Monday night this summer.  For all small group gatherings, our staff and volunteers will be there to help students practice physical distancing.  Here are the July and August dates and locations:

July 13
7th Grade
Georgia Fair
251 Stone Creek Circle
McGregor, Texas 76657

June 8
8th Grade
Mallory Ross
500 Gibraltar Lane
Lorena, Texas 76655

July 20
7th Grade
Avery Higgins
8404 Woodcreek Drive
Woodway, Texas 76712

July 20
8th Grade
Terri Jones
408 Elmwood Rd
Woodway, Texas 76712

July 27
7th Grade
Avery Erlanson
713 Fieldstone Dr
Hewitt, Texas 76712

July 27
8th Grade
Terri Jones
408 Elmwood Rd
Woodway, Texas 76712

August 3
7th Grade
Price Boyd
205 Appaloosa Trail
Woodway, Texas 76712

August 3
8th Grade
Kaylie Hatfield
2973 Country Spring Rd
Lorena, Texas 76655

August 10
7th Grade
Beth Popejoy
11011 Hidden Bluff
McGregor, Texas 76657

August 10
8th Grade
Charlie Steen
13006 Bent Oak Drive
Woodway, Texas 76712

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.

Social Media
To keep up with all the latest, follow our youth pages on the following social media platforms:

Instagram – @fbcwoodwayyouth

Facebook – First Woodway Youth Ministry page

YouTube – First Woodway Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry Staff
We would love to hear from you if you have any questions, concerns, or just need to chat!  Contact anyone on our staff via email:

Bob Johns – Youth Pastor
Mark Tate – Associate Youth Minister
Meredith Bristow – Youth Associate/Girls
Tanner Henry – Youth Associate
Terri Jones – Student Ministry Assistant
Jason Fletcher – Youth Intern
Mallory Ross – Youth Intern

Sondays Camp – July 12-15, 2020 is cancelled

***UPDATE, JULY 8, 2020***You can’t even begin to imagine how my heart aches as I type this.  We have decided that we have to cancel Sondays Camp.  Two weeks ago, it looked as if we were going to camp – and then the unthinkable happened.  This surge in infections came out of nowhere and completed the dismantling of our summer.  We waited as long as we possibly could, but it was not to be.  In Psalm 40 it says, I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.  I want to claim the promise of this verse today.  Even though patience is running thin and this pit we find ourselves in seems to be never ending, God is inclining or stretching out His hand to lift us up and put us on solid ground. I am bummed to the nth degree, but I choose to trust this promise from the Heavenly Father.  May you do the same.  By the way, if you have already paid your balance, a refund will be coming your way soon.  The $10 deposit we’re keeping to cover the t-shirt you should have received.  If you didn’t get the “Together Everyone” t-shirt, you can pick up one at the church office during office hours listed below.

Love you all – Bob Johns

Church Office Hours:
8:00am – 4:30pm Monday through Thursday
8:00am – 3:00pm Friday

Any questions about refunds or t-shirt pick up?  Contact Terri Jones 254-715-1737

Refunds for final balance are being processed and should reach you by mail soon.

Summer 2020 Youth Mission Opportunities:

La Grulla
July 19-25, 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 six vanloads of students on Sunday, July 19 and returning on July 25.  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.

Jr. High Mission Trip
August 5-9, 2020
Look for details about Jr. High Mission Trip to Mission Arlington soon.

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 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.

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.  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.

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.

tannerHENRY (Youth Associate)
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

jasonFLETCHER
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

12th Grade: Darrell Janecka and Terri Jones

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

10th Grade Guys: Brent Baker, Alan Bowden
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: Andrew Schmeltekopf, Chris Whitney
8th Grade Girls: Prissy Brown, Emily Baker

7th Grade Guys: Kyle Miller, Richie Scott
7th Grade Girls: Sarah Scott, Angie Wood

7:37 Team

High School Discipleship Leaders
12th Grade Guys: Andy Gauer, Mark Tate
12th Grade Girls: Meredith Bristow, Taylor Tate, Terri Jones

11th Grade Guys:  David Beggs, Chris Coley
11th Grade Girls:  Georgia Fair, Abigail Garrett, Bre Golding, Caroline Thompson

10th Grade Guys:  Calvin Atkinson, Cayson Buchle, Nathan Smith, Dylan Armendariz
10th Grade Girls:  Lily Cates, Katherine Moseman, Zoe Recks, Danelle Smith

9th Grade Guys: Jason Fletcher, Tanner Henry
9th Grade Girls: Taylor Marburger, Katy Taylor

Junior High Discipleship Leaders
8th Grade Guys: Harrison Escue, Peyton Hodges
8th Grade Girls: Bethany Johnson, Mallory Ross, Claire Schmeltekopf, Paige Shelton

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.

In the vault we have the latest First Woodway youth videos. All available for your viewing pleasure… or mozy on over to youtube to watch some of our classics.

Follow First Woodway Youth on Social Media

First Woodway  |  101 Ritchie Road, Waco TX 76712  |  254.772.9696