Tim is a relative newcomer to the Bay Area staff, having joined the Bay Area Student Ministry (BASM) team in April of 2017 as the middle and high school Events and Outreach Coordinator.
Tim grew up in a Christian home in Calvert County. Throughout his youth, he attended church regularly and was involved in the youth group in his home church. Although he was baptized at the age of nine, following participation in a summer VBS program, Tim's walk with the Lord was solidified through his first short term mission trip with his church during high school. (Given that, this provides the perfect opportunity for a shameless plug for what a life-changing experience a short term mission trip can be!)
Back to Tim: following high school, he attended Messiah College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Communications and Public Relations and his master's in Business and Leadership. The impact of that first mission trip continued to produce fruit, as Tim participated in a traveling summer ministry team during his time at Messiah - providing summer youth camps with leadership for worship, activities and games at venues throughout the country.
Having received his bachelor's degree, Tim took a position as the assistant director for admissions at Messiah, where he served for about six years. The job afforded him the opportunity to complete his Master's. During the summers of his graduate work at Messiah, Tim took his camp experience to a camp in Ohio, to actually direct one of the camps he had previously visited. His six summers there cemented his passion for youth ministry.
Tim began looking for a church youth ministry opportunity that would align with his talents, gifts and what he felt God was calling him to do. That April, he connected with Bay Area Community Church and the rest, as they say, is history. In his eleven months here, God has worked through Tim to provide tremendous events and outreach opportunities, not only for the youth of the church, but also for young people throughout the Annapolis area and Anne Arundel County. Some 30 students serve with Tim to provide leadership during events, to reach out to newcomers, and to serve behind the scenes to maximize the opportunities for kids to respond to the Gospel through their participation in student ministry.
The key to coordinating events and outreach for students, in Tim's eyes, is not the logistics. Rather, it is prayerfully and intentionally striking a balance between fun and spiritual purpose in each and every activity. If every encounter is a divine appointment, then it is critical that His divine purpose for those appointments is sought out and facilitated through the functions at BASM. This is what makes Tim's role as Events and Outreach Coordinator so crucial.
Tim's passion is to simply be used by God to come alongside students and be a part of their spiritual journey, encouraging them in their quest to be passionate, maturing followers of Jesus themselves. His heart goes out especially to those kids who are "left out" - perhaps trying out student ministry for the first time. He prays that his team of high school leaders will have selfless, servant hearts to choose to set aside hanging with their friends and welcome new kids, to help them feel loved, accepted and a valuable participant in the life of BASM.
Although he’s currently planning for a new facility that is under construction, Tim's dreams for community-oriented after-school programs and events at the new student center are sky high!
Tim's family includes twin older sisters and a younger brother. When he’s not at Bay Area, he enjoys running, hanging out with friends, and traveling.
Tim shared a verse that he feels is especially significant for him, as well as for his ministry: "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6). For himself, as well as for each student to whom he ministers and each student with whom he works, Tim rests in the assurance that God is at work in every life, fulfilling His purpose, and bringing each one into conformity with His image, in His timing. Tim is blessed to be able to lock arms with His Savior and join Him in the good work that He is doing in each one of the students who enters BASM’s doors. Tim shared an encouragement for all Ministry Partners, especially the guys, to prayerfully consider volunteering with BASM, to partner with Tim in seeing God do amazing things in our students’ lives.