By: Brian Jennings
My name is Brian Jennings and I began attending Southeastern in 2005, graduating in 2009 with a Master of Divinity degree. I am now the middle school pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Georgia with Senior Pastor Johnny Hunt. It’s been a crazy journey to get here through North Carolina and Kentucky, working with children, students, young adults and even filling in twice as an interim pastor. I’ve also been blessed to serve as a camp pastor with LifeWay’s Fuge Camps for the past 12 summers. Currently, I’m on a mission to reach sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families. I spend my days planning events, leading services, speaking to groups, visiting school campuses, connecting with leaders and parents, serving my church and investing in students. With God’s power at work in and through us, we get to see students receive Christ, get baptized, take the first steps in following Jesus, wrestle with challenges and engage in the mission. Coming alongside of me is my wife Emily (also a Southeastern graduate) and my three sons Elliot, Benjamin and Gideon, plus a great student ministry team.
There is a lot to be thankful for and we praise God for all he is doing in our church and middle school ministry. Yet prayers for more fruit among the next generation are always needed. Also, less than a month ago I was involved in a head-on collision at 45 mph in my car. By God’s grace, I walked away. The recovery has been slow but it has been a powerful reminder that time is short. We don’t know when our chance to make a difference for the kingdom will be over. Whether you are preparing for ministry or already engaged in it (hopefully both to some degree!) make the most of the time you have. The training you receive at Southeastern is not the end of the journey but the beginning, and it is crucial to your ability to be faithful and fruitful for the long haul, both personally and in ministry. You don’t know where following Christ will take you. I certainly didn’t plan to serve middle schoolers! But wherever you find yourself, give it everything you have. Time is short. The gospel is powerful. He or she who is faithful with a little will be given much. I am so grateful for my time at Southeastern and the opportunity to advance the gospel to the next generation! Check out our ministry at ms.woodstockstudents.com and let me know if I can ever be of service!