The Future Looks Good at Canvas
Children are a gift from God…
And if you are bringing children to Canvas Church, we want you to know that you are leaving them in good hands. We minister to kids from 6 weeks to 10 years old through Canvas Kids. We have a nursery for children ages 2 and under and all of our volunteers are background checked.
At Canvas Kids, we want to provide a safe and fun environment where children can learn more about God, experience His love and make friends. Kids can be checked in at a kiosk at Canvas Church. They are escorted into the auditorium for the first song and then they are dismissed and escorted back to their classrooms. During the hour long service at Canvas, kids will have an opportunity to play, sing songs, and to do a craft that helps reinforce the Bible lesson. After service, whoever checked them in will be required to show their check-in ticket at pickup.
I (pastor Tim) have been involved in youth ministry for over ten years before starting Canvas Church. My wife Kelly and I, love teenagers and recognize that this is a critical season in a young person’s life including spiritually. One of the most effective methods to ministering to young people is to surround them with caring adults. After ten years of youth ministry, we realized that it makes little sense to isolate teenagers with their peers away from the caring adults in the congregation. That is why at Canvas, we invite older students (ages 11-18) to attend and serve along side their parents in church. We all know that faith is caught and not taught, but did you know that the most important influence in a student’s life spiritually has never been their youth pastor, but their parent? We want to help you be that effective minister by creating an environment where you can sit and grow spiritually alongside your young person.
Kelly grew up always wanting to help children. She graduated from Otterbein University Summa Cum Laude in Early Childhood Education and was honored with student teacher of the year. She then became a third grade teacher at Hanby Elementary in Westerville where she taught for four years. Kelly and her husband Tim then moved to Atlanta where she was on staff in the youth ministry department at Mount Paran Church for four years.
As Kelly became a mom, God began moving her heart from teenagers to mom and their children. Her life has come full circle as she is now back in Westerville working with children leading the Canvas Kids ministry and Women’s Discipleship Group.
Kelly enjoys time with her family, thrifting and whenever humanly possible, sneaking in some reading or a well-deserved nap.