Welcome to the Children's Department of Valley Baptist Church
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Minister of Children's Ministry
Matt Weir serves as Valley’s minister to Children. He feels blessed to be part of such an important ministry. Matt and his wife Amy have 5 children of their own ranging from 2 to 14 years old. Matt believes that the position of children’s Pastor goes far beyond just ministering to children and that ministering to the entire family is key. Prior to becoming the children’s pastor Matt was very involved in evangelism and missions and plans on making evangelism and missions an integral part of the Children’s ministry. Matt is a kid at heart, loves kids, loves family, and is quite at home in this ministry.
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Jeanette is the Assistant to the Children’s Minister and Ministry Coordinator for our Valley Kids’ Ministry. She works closely with the other ministry leaders and coordinates Sunday School, AWANA, Vacation Bible School, summer camp, mission trips and other activities for children from 1st grade to 6th grade. It seems that anything and everything that has to do with kids finds Jeanette right in the mix of things. Her husband is also a Sunday School teacher and both love serving where kids are at. With five grown children between them and 10 grandchildren and counting, she loves the wonderment and excitement all children bring to their families. She’s lived in Bakersfield many years but still has roots tied to being born and raised in Alaska.
Intern - Children's Ministry
Kyle is our Children’s Ministry Intern. Kyle helps with the day to day activities in the Children’s ministry, and he is blessed to lead a team of volunteers in Valley Baptist’s Bus Ministry. Kyle and his dedicated group of volunteers coordinate and participate in transporting children and adults to church. He loves to read theology books and enjoys a good biography every now and then. Kyle loves to spend time with his family and friends playing board games.
Children's Ministry Event Coordinator
Kate Neighbors is an event coordinator and administrative assistant to the Children’s Ministry. She grew up all over California as her father would move churches as a pastor. In 2012, she was happy to name Bakersfield her newest residence as she accepted the opportunity to serve at Valley. She enjoys participating in church activities and teaching children about God. She has an amazing husband, Luke, and together they are committed to raising their two kids with fear and admonition of the Lord. Kate enjoys reading, ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, gatorball, music and singing in her free time. She is excited about God and the path He has set her family on. Kate is looking forward to the opportunity to further the Kingdom of God through Valley Baptist.