Making a Difference

By Lisa Fitts
By Herbert Yoo
By Cymone Canada
By Dave Grogan
By Arnie Fenton
By Dan Millner
By Alex Joseph
By Samantha Harton
By Bailey Catone
By Colin Campbell
By Barb Harris
By Mark Mercer
By Sereena Bexley
By Vennecia Jackson
By Mary Lata Thottukadavil
By Michael Agnew
By Kristie Davis
By AJ Jerkins
By Caroline Smiley
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Dawn Johnson
By DJ Newman
By Mary Weyand
By Rob Nickell
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Nila Odom
By Sherene Joseph Rajadurai
By Kristi Sheffy
By Sharon Arrington
By Sarah Crawford
By Betsy Paul
By Angel Piña
By Elizabeth Piña
By Chris Kuykendall
By Matt Holland
By Jessie Yearwood
By Brian Severski
By Brian Arrington
By Will Meier
By Clint Calhoun
By Jen Mayes
By Jim Henry
By Kevin Harwood
By Leah Vanhorn
By Janett Miller
By Isaac Harris
By Chad Golden
By Jonathan Cortina
By Kuruvilla (K.O.) Oommen
By John Dyer
By Abe Paul
By Lauren Geppert
By Jennifer Durrett
By Jill Asibelua
By Jared Barnett
By Paul Martin
By Norm Headlam
By Kristi Herring
By Sissy Mathew
By Shannon Pugh
By Al Palamara
By Michelle Garza
By Armando Galvan
By Camille Holland
By Rod Myers
By Crystal Elwell
By Darcy Peterson
By Jason Elwell
By Barry Jones
By Bryan Eck
By Tricia Kinsman
By Craig Pierce
By Jim Woodward
By Andy McQuitty
By Kevin Dial
By Corbin Pierce
By Claire St. Amant
By Julie K. Rhodes
By Anonymous
By Jasmine Bibbs
By Debra Fournerat
By Kat Armstrong
By Jeffery Link
By Courtney Faucett
By Lenae Moore
By Tiffany Stein
By Andy Webb
By Catherine Boyle
By Catherine & Elizabeth Downing
By Gerald Ridgway
By Jill Hoenig
By Sunitha John
By Tarrin Henry
By RozeLee Rugh
By Beverly Hogan
By Kendra Cordero
By Lisa Gajewski
By Bonnie Goree
By Young-Sam Won
By Chris Beach
By Tom Rugh
By Nick Vuicich
By Andy Franks
By Lead Team
By Jason Roszhart
By Harvard Medical School
By Justin K. Hughes, MA, LPC
By Sherene Joseph
By Earl Davidson
By Rebecca Perry
By Joe Padilla
By Christian Melendez
By Bruce Riley
By Isaac Harris
By Amy Leadabrand
By Ben Haile
By Shaun Robinson
By Natalie Franks
By Cathy Barnett
By Ryan Sanders
By Casey Pruet, The Grace Alliance
By Sharon Arrington
By Lauren Chapin
By Betsy Paul
By Alberto Negron
By Kelly Jarrell
By Michelle Mayes
By Jenn Wright
By Jill Jackson
By Terri Moore
By Robyn Wise
By Katherine Holloway
By Richard Ray
By Kurtlery Knight
By Bruce Hebel
By Neil Tomba
By Tony Bridwell
By Grayson McGovern
By Luke Donohoo
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Mike Moore
By Wade Raper
By Mike Gwartney
By Jo Saxton
By Dieula Previlon
By Jonathan Cude
By Ken Lawrence
By Jay Hohfeler
By Barb Haesecke
By Lindsay Casillas
By JoAnn Hummel
By Shawn Small
By Alice McQuitty
By Jonathan Murphy
By Peggy Norton
By Brent McKinney
By Irving Bible Church
By Irving Bible Church
By Ashley Tieperman
By Betsy Nichols
By Trey Grant
By Debbie Lucien
By Sue Edwards
By Suzie Robinson
By Paul Smith

Our Next Up campaign is a pursuit of IBC’s vision for the future. We believe that God wants to transform this city using people, who are transformed by the gospel of Jesus. Ann and Mark are two people, transformed by Jesus through their service with Children at IBC. When we think about why we would pour our hearts, money, and resources into Next Up, it’s stories like these that remind us that Next Up is not just about “a kids’ building.”

Ann Hatcher

Ann Hatcher is a woman changed by the gospel of Jesus. She has been transformed and continues to transform. Ann embodies what a disciple making disciples looks like. This dedicated Christ-follower began working with Children at IBC after moving here from Austin. She answered a call for a dire need with 3 and 4 year olds at her church and stayed with the kids until they were ten. She was reluctant because she had never taught, much less taught children. But Luke 12:12 became her refrain, “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Ann got hooked. She has continued to pour into the lives of kids finding her heart full. You see Ann depends every week on the Holy Spirit to fill her and guide her teaching. Her relationship with Jesus is stronger because of her stepping into her discomfort and asking the Spirit to help in her weakness. And the Kindergartners Ann connects with are growing too! Over the last few years she has served, the kids feel safe with her and trust her as she shares what the Holy Spirit brings forth.

Her own children are adults now, and she currently has no “stake” in Children’s ministry... except that she does!

Mark Nordick

Mark Nordick is another picture of the transformative power of the gospel of Jesus in action. Mark serves with 2nd-graders weekly. He started serving when they were in Kindergarten, so his relationship with the kids has grown in the last three years. The kids have gained deeper understanding of the stories they encounter in the Bible. Mark loves to see the kids learn about and move closer to Christ. Despite his very time-demanding job, Mark looks forward to walking into serve in Children’s ministry each week. He says that it gives him the chance to make a difference in a child’s life. This opportunity motivates him to return each week and has transformed his view on life to ensure that he remembers the important things. When a break from work would be nice, Mark chooses to lean into serving because as Mark says, “I think God is pretty clear about how important his children are.”

Mark does not have any children of his own…except that he does!

Transformed Kids

In Acts 2, we read these words,

    “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people” (vs. 44-47).

This picture of gospel community depicts devotion to one another and support within the body of believers. The way that Ann and Mark serve the body by serving children is such a clear reflection of real, gospel community. It can seem like this passage pertains to only adults, but children are vital contributors to the body as well. Mark and Ann know that those malleable minds and hearts are craving to know about the God, who loves them.

And note here what the last sentence of verse 47 says, “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Working with children is not only an opportunity to recognize their value to the body of believers, but there is a ripe harvest of impressionable kids yearning for relationship with the God of the universe. Is there an easier place to bring the Word of God to a soul thirsty to learn more?

Why do they care? Because Ann and Mark know what it means to be a committed member of the body of Christ. To serve the next generation for the sake of their eternity is part of parenting. But to humbly serve those same kids with no parental connection to them is an honorable commitment to the body of Christ.

These two represent the heart of IBC. Leaning into their Savior and overflowing with his love to children. They give time, wisdom, heart, money, and the love of Jesus to the children of Irving Bible Church as a response to what their Lord has done for them! Mark and Ann are transformed/transforming people, who are contributing to the transformation of children.

Our desire to see lives transformed is the motivation behind Next Up. Transformed Kids. Transformed Adults. Transformed Cities. Join us in being transformed and seeing Jesus transform the world around us!

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