As faithful readers, I thought I'd let you be the first to know the good news! Duane NeSmith will be joining us in view of a call as our Youth / Education Pastor on Sunday March 30. Presently, Duane is Youth Minister / Associate Pastor at Bedias Baptist Church in Bedias (near Madisonville, TX). Duane, his lovely wife Mary and their (nearly) 15 yr old daughter Taylor have visited with our search committee twice in the past month and last night our committee extended to them an invitation to come and meet the church. To a person, our committee unanimously agreed Duane is a good fit for the church and a good man for the job.
Duane grew up in Angleton, TX and drew an associates degree from Brazosport College in Lake, Jackson, TX. He completed a bachelors degree at the University of Houston in Clear Lake, TX and earned as Masters of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth in 1988. With more than twenty years experience in youth ministry (and nearly 18 of it at Bedias Baptist Church), Duane brings with him a passion for students and desire to see them changed for Christ. His educational background and ability to organize make him a unique fit for our position and church.
On a personal note, I've known Duane since at least 1991 and have partnered with him at numerous events such as Super Summer (a summer youth leadership camp held at our Texas Baptist college campuses). I don't believe we could do any better than Duane as one of our leaders.
Please begin now to pray for Duane and his family regarding March 30!