Since I'm married to a youth minister and talk about youth ministry a lot, I thought I would introduce y'all to my own youth minister from my highschool years (and some carryover into my early college years). His name is Paige and he is super. He has made a huge impact on the lives of many students, been a friend, listener, adviser, joke cracker, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" singer, goofy dancer, accountability partner, lover of baseball, hater of soccer (even though like half the youth group played it) includer of all and stranger to none. He has the heart of a servant and gives out bear hugs like candy. Exhibit A:
|"Hey Paige, can I get a picture with you?" "Sure thing, friend!" *HUG*|
|MTXP 04 = Mountain Top Experience 2004 spring break ski trip|
Dallas, Paige, Me
Paige decided to try out snowboarding for the first time...he spent most of the trip on his butt, just like this picture!
What's Paige up to now? He left youth ministry a few years ago to start a new little church in my hometown called South Church.
I got to visit South Church and see Paige this past January, for the first time in probably...years. He squished me in a big hug as usual and we got to chat and catch up for just a bit before and after the service. I told him that I'm now a youth minister's wife and that I am so thankful for what he did to pour into our lives as students. His wife was not actively involved on a regular basis with youth activities because they had little kids at home, but I am thankful to her as well for giving up her husband for so many, many hours so that he could minister to us, help us grow spirituality, provide us with fun activities and give us a safe place to gather with friends and learn together. It's a crazy adventure and I'm so grateful that he was, and forever will be, my youth minister.
Speaking of youth ministry, it's time to head up to church to hang out with "our" kids!