Change! Change! Change!

In a few days we will bid goodbye to Rob McAlister, our interim Director of Youth Ministry. Rob has served admirably during the last nine months and we are grateful for the ways God has used him. He has touched the lives of our students, related well to and earned the trust of parents, and worked well with our leadership team. Well, what are Rob’s plans for the future?

This summer he and Elizabeth Walker will team as leaders with Moondance Expeditions, leading a dozen youth in an outdoor adventure in Yosemite National Park. In August he will begin a 3 year commitment to serve as the lay chaplain at Sewanee. Then on to seminary to prepare to serve within the Presbyterian Church. We wish him every good thing!


We welcome Chris Soto as our new Director of Youth Ministry. He plans to begin May 28th, and on June 1st he will join twenty-six youth and adults on a mission trip to Chicago. Talk about jumping in with both feet! It will be a good time to establish relationships with students and adults leaders.

Who is Chris Soto? He is a single young man, 27 years of age. He moved from Costa Rica to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was 8 years of age. Both he and his brother graduated from Samford University. During college Chris double majored in Sports Medicine and Political Science. He planned to earn a joint medical-law degree and was accepted into the medical and law schools of Emory University. During his junior year he took a job as part-time youth director in a church and fell in love with it. He enjoyed relating to students as he recalled a youth leader who was instrumental in his own life. He delayed for a year his graduate school plan, then made the decision to follow a calling into youth ministry.

Chris is close with his brother and mother, many good friends, and enjoys tennis, hiking, mountain biking, and delighting in people. Relationships are important to Chris: his relationship with God, and his relationships with students, parents, and leaders.

This will be a new experience for all of us—I trust we will extend the same kind of gracious hospitality to Chris as we have with Rob. Join me in praying for these two fine young people as God leads them in new directions.