John Higginbotham - Youth Director
John Higginbotham recently joined Lake of the Woods Church to lead our youth program, focusing on ministry and outreach to our junior and senior high youth.
John brings a wealth of experience in children's and youth ministry having served as principal of a Christian school for the past eleven years. Both his classroom and administration background prepared John to connect with our youth and strike a balance between discipleship and outreach to our community.
John was born and raised in Orange, VA and grew up serving in the local church. After earning his B.A. in English from Hampden-Sydney college, he returned to Orange to raise his family and begin his focus on youth ministry. He continues to serve his community, his church, and his Savior at LOWC with his wife, Tracy, and five kiddos.
Pastor Colson - Community Missions Pastor and Youth Pastor
As Community Missions Pastor, Adam Colson’s focus is on the Great Commission, bringing the Gospel of Christ and the love of God into our community. Through equipping and activating our members, Pastor Colson seeks to meet the needs (physical, emotional and spiritual) of those in the community. Pastor Colson also works with our current youth director in development and oversight of our youth program. Before coming to LOWC in the summer of 2006, he and his wife Johanna had been involved in children and youth ministries for more than 10 years. He was associate director of Child Evangelism Fellowship in Richmond where he worked with teenagers and young adults. He also served as youth pastor at South Lewiston Baptist Church in Maine, and Youth Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Hopewell.
Rev. Colson graduated from New Brunswick Bible Institute, Children’s Ministry Institute, and received a degree in pastoral studies from Master Divinity College, and in 2000 received a Christian education degree from Trinity University and Seminary. At the age of 13 he was baptized by his father, a Baptist minister, and began his ministry as a teenager traveling around New England doing Children’s Crusades. The Colsons have two children, Christian and Arianna and a lab Hershy.
Bill Cole- Elder for YouthSince moving into Lake of the Woods, Bill has been an active member of The Lake of the Woods Church. With his extensive experience and wisdom Bill is a great addition to the youth dept. serving on the Elders Board as Elder of Youth. Bill and his wife Sharon have 3 children. Two adult daughter and a son who is VERY active in the youth program....everyone knows and loves Kevin! Bill and Sharon would love to connect with you. Contact Bill by clicking on the email link below.
Martha and Vincent Sukites-Ministry Stewards of Public School Ministry
Martha and Vincent (Vinnie) Sukites bring years of experience, knowledge and expertise to the after school Bible Club ministry. Having served as Sunday School Superintendents, Children's Church Directors, clowning, balloon tying and puppet ministry and teachers for many years, the Sukites were a natural fit to work with our teens and adult leaders in the after school Good News Club Bible ministry. Martha and Vinnie would love to talk with you about getting involved in the Good News Club Ministry. Contact them through the link below. Be a part of this life-changing ministry.
Kaili Adams - Youth Ministry Coordinator
As a teenager Kaili Adams came through the youth program at The Lake of the Woods Church. After graduating from High School she interned in the youth dept for a couple years before being hired to serve on staff as Youth Ministry Coordinator. Kaili wears multiple hats, also serving as College and Career Director with her husband Thomas and serving as one of the directors of Higher Power Dance and Drama Team. Kaili brings great enthusiasm and inspiration to the team. As coordinator Kaili works with the Youth Pastor to plan, organize and carry out the ministries and programs for our teens.
Shawn DeSpain - Youth Ministry Praise Band Director
Shawn brings a lot of experience and excitement to our youth praise team "Savin' Sunday". As a gifted musician Shawn has played with and led youth praise bands in previous churches. Shawn and his wife Gina have a beautiful young son. Shawn looks forward to working with the teens to help them develop the talents and gifts for music and worship that God has given them.