This last 12 months has been a time of forward thinking and initiative by our Singles Service Team members. We’d like to highlight just a few of the many courageous moments that have brought encouragement and inspiration.
New York City
In 2021 Tony & Joelecia King (pictured below), who lead the singles in the NYC Church of Christ, hosted a leadership training program online. Four hundred and eighty people attended for nine weeks; singles from NYC, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Atlanta, California, several countries in Africa, and many others focused on the vision to raise up new leaders to serve God’s kingdom. From this investment the NYC church has plans to add six singles to their staff in January of 2022, with one brother looking to serve as a kingdom teacher.
In August of 2021 Pablo and Nicole Padilla who lead the Los Angeles singles ministry hosted the first in-person event in more than two years with more than 350 singles in attendance. Worship, catered dinner, and breakout classes inspired and revitalized the LA singles.
In September of 2021 Nate and Waldina Bigbee, who currently lead the church in Corpus Christi TX, a group of about 40 disciples, hosted a tri-state singles retreat themed “Empowered” with more than 225 singles in attendance from TX, LA, And OK. From that retreat 60 singles signed up to be a part of future church strengthening and plantings for smaller cities across the region. Several have already moved to Corpus Christi with one being hired as an intern in 2022.
While we currently only have one couple outside of the U.S. on the service team, we hope to add three to four more members outside of the U.S. in 2022 to represent our global singles fellowship. We also are making plans to help develop, and partner with existing singles leadership teams across the globe.
We feel blessed to be a part of this special team of leaders who are working with the most dynamic part of our churches, the singles ministry. To God be the glory!
Elias & Rachel Deleault, Austin TX
Andy & Marva Small – Barbados
Jose Ferrer – Florida
Bill & Kristen Moulden – St. Louis
Larry & Kim Reed – Boston
Bim & Nicole Towolai – NYC
Pablo & Nicole Padilla – Los Angeles
Tony & Jolecia King – NYC
Nate & Waldina Bigbee – TX
Richard and Shannon Buckner – Philadelphia