The Westminster Catechism states, “The chief aim of man is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever.” We couldn’t agree more, and these two truths are foundational to our children’s ministry. We seek to develop the spiritual senses of our children (ages 6-11) so that they can enjoy the depth and quality of relationship with God that Jesus went to the cross to obtain for us. Out of this intimate relationship with the Lord, we seek to develop both godly character and spiritual giftings, which bring glory to God. We serve a generational God – “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” – and so we are a generational church. We believe that “…out of the mouths of infants and babes you have ordained praise…” Our children are our future, and that is why we place a priority on their generation.
The overall goal of the Children’s Ministry is to assist the home with developing character to build stronger, kingdom-minded families, a stronger youth group, and future church by providing Bible instruction and lessons in obedience, moving in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12), boldness in prayer, and listening for and hearing the voice of God.
At Grace, our children are taught that there is no such thing as a “Junior Holy Spirit”, and that they are a vital part of God’s Kingdom. They are given opportunities to develop their spiritual gifts, to grow in the teachings of the Word, and step out into their community as powerful prayer warriors.
Mandy and Jordan Wood have been serving in kids ministry since 2005, when their first daughter was born. What began in the nursery moved on to preschool ministry, and now continues at the elementary level as they lead our Kingdom Kids Ministry on Wednesday nights. Together they have three girls: Natalie, Melanie, and Emily. They have always felt strongly called to serve where their kids are. It is their heart to see kids develop a personal relationship with Jesus at a young age and live a Holy Spirit empowered life. Truly knowing God’s word and applying its truths is what they strive to do throughout their ministry to children while making it relevant, relatable, and fun, too! It is their passion to see kids accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and taking it beyond to the next level by challenging children to continuously grow not only in their knowledge of Him, but also in serving Him.
They firmly believe you are never too young to hear from God and see Him move in your life and the lives of others. Mandy is a former teacher with experience in multiple grade levels in public and private schools, as well as homeschool. She is now a licensed REALTOR® but savors her time to share her teaching passion with the kids of GCF Brenham. As a self-made businessman, Jordan spends his weekdays managing Wood Construction and Landscaping and working his tree farm on their property outside of Brenham.
In their free time, Mandy and Jordan enjoy spending time together traveling Texas and enjoying God’s creation as a family, camping, and hiking. They have always valued their time to serve as a couple in ministry, and are thankful for the opportunity God has given them at Grace to serve together.
Darrell has been working in children’s ministry since 1993 at different churches, and serving the past seven years with our Kingdom Kids at Grace. Darrell has always had a calling to help in kids’ ministry, whether driving a bus, preparing and serving food, cleaning up, monitoring during teaching and worship, or teaching in small groups and Sunday school. Darrell enjoys watching these kids grow up and continue to serve God.
Darrell and his wife Michelle live in the Brenham area and they have 2 children, Matt and Sarah, and 8 grandchildren, including grandsons Trae, Mylo and Max Reeves who have been a part of the Kingdom Kids here at Grace. Darrell owns a storage facility outside Brenham, a boat repair business, and is the president of DSE Technologies, a research and development company that is developing an electric power generator. In his free time, he loves to travel with Michelle. He is also a member of TASO football for the past 27 years, officiating high school football around the state of Texas on Friday nights. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve God through working with our kids here at Grace.
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