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Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:3

Amy James
Babies & Toddlers

I was baptized at 13 and grew up at First Baptist Church. Sadly, in my 20’s, I quit coming like I knew I should. For about ten years, I made some bad decisions and choices. God never gave up on me. After the loss of a job, divorce, and other family problems, I fell on my knees crying and asked for God’s forgiveness. There on my knees, I felt the power of the Lord wash over me. I felt His love and mercy wash over me and calm me. Since that day, I have had the most amazing journey – growing, learning and walking closer to my Lord everyday. I still mess up, but I know that as long as I keep my eyes on Him, He will pick up and lead me through. God is good – all the time!

Why teach children?
I love teaching kids. I love to see them grasp something I have taught. It is so exciting for me to hear from the parents how excited their child was over a lesson or that they have been repeating something we learned in Sunday School. I feel my teaching is setting the stage for a wonderful, amazing journey in Christ.

Favorite verse: Philippians 4:13


I came to know Christ through the teachings in Sunday School and the foundation that my Mother and grandparents had in Christ. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 16 years old. As time went on, I slowly got away from thoughts of Jesus. I became focused on friends and pursuit of a career. However, I always had that “knowing” that the Holy Spirit was there. Later in my adult life, I was through a huge curve! This was of my own doing by making decisions based on Satan’s lies and my own ignorance. I didn’t know very well the One I was to trust in life. Jesus was and is always present. He has guided me and placed me in the path of knowing Him better. He bound up my brokenness, gave me freedom to help others and put behind me what I’d been through. He released me from the darkness and gave me comfort, strength and a continual transforming heart. I’m so thankful God doesn’t say “I’m done with you.”

Why teach kids?
I love to help kids learn and play and be attentive to their curiosity. I want them to know they are special and loved - not just by me but also by God. I enjoy their honest and enthusiasm. I want the children to know God and that His Word is so valuable.

Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 13:5

Terry Asbury
Twos & Threes



I have always attended First Baptist Church and raised in the church. Jesus has always been a part of my life. He is my friend and someone I could always talk with. I didn’t have any brothers or sisters and He was always there for me, leading and guiding me. In 1953, I accepted Jesus as my personal savior and was baptized by Arthur Farmer. That wonderful day was the beginning of a wonderful relationship with Jesus Christ. The best decision I have ever made.

Why teach children?
The children as so special. They are our hope for the future and a gift from God. Maybe I can say something to help them understand just how special they are to God and how much He cares for them. I will be so happy if I can help just one of them find their way to Jesus. It’s a joy to watch the children learn and grow in their faith each Sunday.

Favorite verse: Romans 10:13


Frances Knapp
Fours, Fives & Kindergarten

Teresa Craig
Fours, Fives & Kindergarten

I grew up going to church and Sunday School. I had many wonderful teachers and leaders. I had grandparents that were Christians. They prayed and read their Bibles and I saw this as I grew up. My parents are Christians and I had a good childhood. I am very thankful for all of this. I don’t remember ever doubting that God existed and that Jesus was real. When I asked Jesus to save me, I was baptized and joined our church, but this was only the beginning of personally getting to know Jesus. Jesus has been with me throughout my life. He has always been there, even when I wasn’t aware of Him. I can look back now and see that, though I didn’t notice at the time. Through the many wonderful times in my life (and there have been so many blessings) and through the most heartbreaking times in my life, my Jesus has always taught me something new about Himself. When times seem hard, His love and the hope of eternal life that we have been promised, is the only thing that gets me through. I didn’t have this one single moment in my life where I was suddenly aware of God and His plan of salvation for me. My journey has been small steps my whole life and I will continue that journey everyday, until I get to see Jesus face to face and spend eternity in His presence.

Why teach children?
I have such a heart for children. They are so innocent and eager to please and be loved. I want to be someone that a child can look back and say, “She was my teacher, she taught me the most important thing I ever needed to know, she showed me Jesus.” I want their lives to be good and if something goes wrong, they will know they have their church and Jesus to see them through. I know if I love them and teach them, they have a beginning to a wonderful live with a best friend names Jesus.

One night in the privacy of my bedroom, I heard the preacher’s words echoing in my ears that salvation comes to all who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Forgiveness is free for all who ask and have faith to believe that Jesus is the son of God that He died on the cross and arose three days later.  I never had a problem believing that Jesus was the son of God or that He died on the cross and three days later He arose.  I had a problem believing that salvation and the forgiveness of sin was free.  I always thought that salvation was only for good people, according to the world’s standard, so I worked hard to be a good person.  I never knew that it was possible for a person to know their eternal destination before they died.  I always through that a person had to live their life being the best they can be and hope that when they died they will go to heaven.  I lived my life in fear worrying about what would happen to me if I died.

I used to go to Sunday School at a small country church.  During my teen years, I quit going to church altogether.  I assumed that church was for children and the elderly. 

When I was in Junior High three of my classmates died within weeks of each other.  I wondered if they lived a good enough life to go to heaven.  I tried to read the Bible- the King James Version - , but couldn’t understand it so I gave up. After high school, I met Steve and began going to First Baptist with him.  His parents gave me a Bible for Christmas. It was the NIV translation, and because I could understand it, I began to read it often.  I randomly opened the Bible and began to read wherever the page opened to, and was surprised when the pastor preached on that same passage the following Sunday.  When this happened three weeks in a row, I realized this was not a coincidence, but that it was from God.  I began to realize that god loved me so much that He sent His only Son to die for my sins.  In my bedroom I repented of my sins and asked God to save me.  Since then God has put a passion in my heart that cannot be quenched.  I no longer have a fear of dying because I have faith that Jesus is the way, the Truth, and the Life, and nobody comes to the Father except through Him.


Why do I teach Children?
I enjoy watching the children grow in knowledge and in faith as they hear the Word of God.  I believe it is important for children to have a firm foundation rooted in the Word of God.  It is my hope that every child in my Sunday School class feels welcomed, valued and loved so that they may know and experience the love of God and grow in grace.


Favorite Bible verse Proverbs 3:5-6


Tracy Brown
Children 1 - Grades 1, 2, 3