Piney Grove Baptist Church could not be as effective in God’s ministry without the many unseen persons who dedicate their time and talents. These folks go unrecognized most of the time.
Though those who fill the many positions that help minister may change from time to time, the duties remain the same.
Piney’s music ministry includes musical instruments and choir.
Bro. Joe Gaddis heads this ministry and coordinates all involved. The choir would not exist if not for Bro. Joe. And the choir would not be as effective without past and present musicians. Currently the pianists/organists are Pam Brown, Melissa Townsell, Wendy Dugan (also plays saxophone), and Tammy Smith. Greatly missed is organist, Myra Brannon, who retired in 2012 after many years of service.
Also involved is Kirby Hill who plays guitar and mandolin, and Pastor John on the 12-string guitar.
A vital part of any church are those men and women who make sure the sound systems are in working order. Piney is no different. Not only do the sound people manage audio but also video at those times when video is needed.
Mike Fowler, Max Woodfin, Jeff Burner, and Billie Tillman are the primary sound people. Whatever needs doing, they are able. There would be no sermons to upload without them.
One wouldn’t normally think of the nursery as a ministry but without it, babies and toddlers would be seated with their parent(s).
For many years Jeannie Gaddis headed this ministry until retiring in 2012. Kelly Smith now manages this most important part of God’s work. All volunteers involved in the nursery and children’s ministries are checked through the Sheriff’s department. This is to ensure the safety of the children entrusted to their care.
It goes without saying that Children’s Church is a vital ministry in any church. Our children’s pastor, Bro. Joe Reed and his wife, Kathy, and many volunteers teach children up to sixth grade. The Van Ministry, also headed by Bro. Joe, brings in children from a wide range of locations in Dade County.
Along with the various classes on Sunday morning, Piney ministers to its children with love, care, and activities to keep children interested and involved so they can hear about Jesus.
Wednesday nights at Piney would not be complete without the AWANA ministry. Conducted according to the public school calendar, AWANAS attracts children who learn verses, get involved in AWANA challenges with other churches, and play games. Fall Festival is another activity sponsored by AWANAS.
Bro. Joe Reed and many, many volunteer teachers make AWANAS what it is.