After looking at other churchesÂ Terri Warren and her husband Mike decided to become members of First Baptist Church of Valdosta Georgia in 1979.Â At the time she was a stay at home mom and the Director of the preschool had stepped down. She approached Mac Weaver about filling in the interim and twenty-two years later she has become a beloved member and essential part of the childrenâ€™s ministry at FBCV.
When she began she was looking for something that â€œshe could do with the girlsâ€ and now she is able to not only have her children go through the FBCV childrenâ€™s ministry, but also her grandchildren are benefitting from her love and leadership.
When asked â€œWhat is it about childrenâ€™s ministry that you enjoy?â€ a smile came to her face and she responded, â€œI enjoy seeing families and parents being content with what is happening at church. I remember being a mom with little ones and how stressful it is.â€Â Terri has a heart for children and their families. She understands the importance of creating a welcoming, safe, and loving environment so that children feel loved and parents feel at ease.
I asked her, â€œWhat is one big life lesson that you would pass on to todayâ€™s parents?â€ and she said, â€œIt is very important to be in church and for children to know that there are people who love them and that Jesus loves them.â€
What more could you want from a Preschool Director? Terri is a tireless servant for the Lord, and she can be found at all hours, all days of the week in the Childrenâ€™s Building serving children and their families. Most of the time she will be comforting a screaming baby, breaking up a toddler tussle, or counseling a group of momâ€™s through her loving disposition and style. Â As with all great leaders, she has a set of responsibilities that she manages, but there are also countless other details that she does outside of those responsibilities that no ever knows about that add special touches to the childrenâ€™s ministry.
As a new staff person, I look to her experience, leadership, and the many relationships that she has formed with FBCV families, and she has helped me tremendously. She is greatly loved and the churchâ€™s ministry is great because of her many years of steadfast devotion.
Terri, on behalf of the parents, grandparents, and the children of today and of many years past, we thank you for your service to the Lord and to His church. I feel so blessed that my children are able to know you and to learn from you, and you have been such a blessing to our family.
I agree! Ms. Terri is by far one of the greatest examples of being the hands and feet of Jesus!