Dana Lynne Endersby (Children's Coordinator)

As the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Huron Park Baptist Church, I have key responsibilities: developing policies and routines for the children’s programs, training and developing teachers, coordinating supplies and equipment, connecting with parents and forward planning. My official job description goes on to say that there are also other responsibilities as required – and goes on to list items A through F! So, what does that workload really mean?

Let’s go back in time, to the events of Matthew 18. Some of the disciples asked Jesus “Who, then, is the greatest in the the kingdom of heaven?” Did Jesus point to someone with of position or rank, holding tons of responsibilities or taking care of lots of stuff? Well, no actually. He called over a little child, and placed the child among these adults. A child does not hold down a job, does not have many responsibilities and is dependent on others for almost everything. Jesus calls adults like me to become like little children.

Back to my job, as Children’s Ministry Coordinator - I have the privilege of serving the greatest people in the kingdom of heaven! I take seriously Jesus’ admonitions later in Matthew 18 to not cause any little one to stumble and not to despise them. Therefore, my job is to teach children the truth – the Good News! – and to cherish children by keeping them safe and nurtured. In Discovery Park (the name for our Sunday morning children’s program) we want to connect with and care for each child – just as a shepherd knows and looks after each of his sheep.

Previously (in no particular order) I have been an accounting clerk, tax return preparer, International Student Ministry coordinator, English as a Second Language Teacher, Community College teacher, technical support person and foster parent. This interesting mix has put me in good stead to do the administrative and teaching components of my work. So what is my absolute favourite part? When a child in Discovery Park who has been hesitant to participate or who is just very shy comes up to me and initiates contact – and we start to chat, getting to know one another. This never gets old.

I am also a mother of four, all of whom have been or are still part of Discovery Park; currently my sons are in grades 3 and 4 and my daughters are in grades 6 and 8. I also have a husband, John, who cheers me on and makes a mean kimchi-bacon-rice stir fry.

E-mail me anytime: danalynne@huronparkchurch.org