Church welcomes new youth pastor and family
Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 4:07 pm
The Messenger, August 27, 2009
Andrew J. “Andy” Wiggins is the new minister to students at Union City First Baptist Church.
“It is the desire of my heart to reach the world through Christ. George Barna said in his book, ‘Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions,’ ‘…if you want to shape a person’s life — whether you are most concerned about his or her moral, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional or economic development — it is during these crucial eight years (adolescence) that lifelong habits, values, beliefs and attitudes are formed.’ Because I believe this to be true, I have a great desire to work with children and teenagers while they are ready and open to hearing about the ‘Good News’ that Jesus Christ can save. I have a strong passion for small-group discipleship, outreach through the Sunday school and Wednesday night programs and leading others to come and to grow in Christ through the teaching of His Word. I believe that youth ministry in the church should be helpful to every age group and the family as a whole. God desires to bring families together under His headship and the church should be the avenue for that to take place,” Wiggins says.
The new minister to students is married to Kelly Julius Wiggins and they are the parents of Zachary, 16; Abigail, 11; Joanna, 10; Elijah, 9; and Rachel, 8. Their children are homeschooled.
The Wiggins are originally from Florida and both are graduates of Bartow Senior High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Baptist College of Florida and his master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a former elementary school teacher and has been in ministry the last 12 years.