Shiloh Baptist Church has hired a new children's pastor to oversee all of the activities for children, volunteers and leaders from infants up to fifth grade.
Joe Carter, children's pastor, who is beginning his second month on the job, explained that he's learning quickly that with children's ministry there is quite a bit going on across the church campus on any given Sunday.
“We have infants to crawlers to toddlers who meet in one location and elementary kids meet in another. I'm learning that there are all kinds of activities going on at the same time,” he said.
Carter, who is no stranger to ministry, has been the church missions pastor for several years but his role has now expanded to include children. He credits teachers and volunteers with helping him transition into the role of children's pastor.
“I am blown away at the level of dedication and love for children that these teachers have, from the children's choir director to the preschool teachers. It's such a blessing and honor to serve with these people and the children's ministry couldn't function without them,” he added.
Carter also said he had felt God's call to full-time ministry for years.
“It's really been a process where God has fine tuned that call to pastor and preach,” he said, adding that whenever he had thought of full-time ministry he initially thought only in terms of ministering to adults but realized that the need to minister to children was great.
“What a great opportunity to impact the world through children,” he said, explaining that they are looking forward to this fall when they will implement several programs such as Awana, where they can teach children biblical truths while creating a fun learning atmosphere.
“The bottom line is kids aren't going to come to church if it's not fun,” Carter said, who has four children of his own. He and his wife, Laura, are from Plant City where they live with their children Taylor, 19; Joey, 13; Noah, 10; and Aiden; 2.