Introduction of Ministry

AWANA is an acronym for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed and comes from 2nd Timothy 2:15. "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." The mission of AWANA is to teach boys and girls the gospel of Jesus Christ and to train them to serve him. It is also an effective vehicle for the participants to witness to other boys and girls and even their families.

AWANA is a National Organization with ministries in all 50 states and in over 110 countries. AWANA was introduced to our church in 1993 as part of the Youth Ministry, currently called the Jesus & Me (JAM) Youth Ministry. Our new Co-Commanders are Sister Vickie Washington and Deacon Tim Flegler. This dynamic duo started in August 2011. Our present Youth Minister is Reverend Joel Washington.

Since AWANA's inception, we have seen numerous children accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Parents as well as their children have been actively involved in the ministry. Over 100 children participate in the ministry every year. The participants come from over 10 churches throughout the Washington Metropolitan area including our own First Baptist family. Entire families have joined First Baptist because of the AWANA ministry. Through God's blessing the First Baptist Church of Highland Park's AWANA ministry, other churches have observed and received information about the ministry and started AWANA at their own church.

The FBCHP AWANA Ministry is for children between the ages of 3-6th grade. Click here for the AWANA Parent Handbook. The ministry is divided into groups by age and/or gender. The ministry meets September through June of every year on every Friday of the month except the third Friday. The ministry time is from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Activities include scripture memorization, council time (an invitation to accept Jesus Christ is given at this time), game time, and snacks.

Additionally, exciting field trips are scheduled throughout the year. We have outings to AWANA Olympics , Bible Quizzing, roller skating, paintball, gaming places, restaurants, sleepovers, you name it. Plus, there is the annual AWANA Camp which is usually held just after school is finished.

The AWANA Ministry staff is comprised of dedicated and Spirit filled Christians who have a love for children. There are presently over 50 adults who come out on Friday to work with the children. The ministry groups are:

Staff Members

Ministry Name  Age/Gender Director
Cubbies 3-4 years/boys/girls Jane McCray
Sparks Kindergarten/boys/girls Pamela Veal
1st grade girls Linda Simms
1st/2nd grade boys Chester Buster
2nd grade girls Sandra Brennan
Sparks Gate Test Victoria Washington
Truth and Training 3rd/4th grade girls Wymell Shoats
3rd/4th grade boys Larry McCormick
5th/6th grade girls Donna Guthrie
5th/6th grade boys James Graves
Share Store Linh Truesdale
Game Time Courtney Krider
Administrative Staff Nancy Clark
Gloria Stovall
Carol Carmichael

Ministry Contacts

If you are interested in joining the First Baptist Church of Highland Park's AWANA Ministry, please contact the church office at
(301) 773-6655.