At First Baptist, we are committed to following Jesus' example by welcoming children into our church family. During a child's infancy we covenant with parents to be partners with them in nurturing their child and in helping the child grow to know and love Jesus as friend, Savior, and Lord. Our varied programs for children are directed toward that end.

"People were bringing even infants to [Jesus] that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.'" Luke 18:15-16

I am delighted to be joining you at First Baptist Church! Ministering to children and their families is what I am passionate about and I am grateful fstaff-Ashley Gill Harringtonor the opportunity to do so with you.

I felt called to ministry as a young teenager, and while in college I was given the opportunity to work in my home church. During that time, I saw in children’s ministry the intersection of my calling, my giftedness, and my passions. From there my call has continued to evolve, yet children and families have remained at the center. I love the energy and honesty that children bring to discovering faith, and I enjoy resourcing parents and caregivers with tools to bring the heart of faith development into their homes where they live each day.

During this time of interim, I hope to be a loving caregiver to help bridge the gap between the legacy of what was and the hope of what will be for the children and families of First Baptist Church. Though I know this is for a season, I look forward to the good days ahead as we work to welcome and nurture First Baptist’s youngest and treasured members.