jennifer spears

Director of Children’s Ministry

Husband – Thomas Spears
Kids – 9 year old twin boys, Trace & Trent

I took over the Children’s Director position here at SHUMC in September 2015 on a temporary basis and found out that I loved it!  I went full time as soon as I was finished with the current school year.  I was a Pre-K assistant at my boy’s school for 3 years.

We had been attending SHUMC for 3 years before I took the step into Ministry.  We came here after attending the annual Easter Egg Hunt and have been here ever since.  I am also active in UMW, Choir, and obviously Children’s Ministries.

I grew up in Frederick Oklahoma where I attend Frederick United Methodist Church as a youth and at youth events.  Thomas and I met while I lived in Dallas and he lived in Fort Worth.  We married and had our twin boys and lived in Fort Worth for a year after they were born.  We did not attend church at this point in our life.  We moved to West Virginia the day after our boys turned one.  Being far away from all of my family and everything I knew, I needed “family”.  So I began attending church in the small town of Clendenin, West Virginia.  They quickly became the family that I needed.  Soon the boys were in different activities and Thomas soon began attending regularly as well.  We left West Virginia and through a few stepping stones, we ended up here in OKC in 2012.  We tried a contemporary church but we missed that family feel of a traditional Methodist Church.  We came here and immediately knew that it was the place for us!
In all of my wildest dreams and “what do you want to be when you grow up” I never thought I would be a Children’s Director at a Church.  It is amazing though how things just fall into place when you let God lead you!  For once in my life I can finally answer that question of what I want to be when I grow up.  I want to be in Children’s Ministry, and here I am!
Email Jennifer at: Southernhillsumckids@yahoo.com.
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