We hope that you and yours had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Here at LifePointe, we have enjoyed celebrating this season with you.  Between Jingle Jam, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, and all the other get-togethers and celebrations, it has been a great season of joy and thanksgiving.

In November, we shared with you that our Student Minister, Ryan Dent, would be transitioning to the position of Connection Minister. Ryan has already begun taking over responsibilities in this area and he is doing (of course) a great job.  

This opened up a new search for us, as we sought to find our next Student Minister.  Our leadership team received resumes and conducted virtual interviews.  Once through this process, a prospective candidate met in person with our leadership team, with our staff, as well as a group of volunteers who currently work in our Student Ministry.
After each of these meetings, the leadership sought the feedback of each group.  In addition, our leadership team, alongside our church family, asked for God to provide wisdom and discernment in this process.

It was during this process that we discovered the need to expand this position. We determined a significant need exists to have someone coordinating a college-age ministry for those who are “graduating” from our student ministry.  This college-age component would be less “hands-on” but equally important to the overarching mission of LifePointe.  In this discovery process, it was determined that this new position would be called, “Next Generations Minister.”

All that said, we have some exciting news to share with you.
We are happy to share with you that we have hired our first Next Gen Minister!  Beginning in mid-January, Reed Smith, will be overseeing our middle school and high school programs while also helping to launch our college-age ministry.

Let us tell you about Reed and his family.
Reed grew up in Elizabeth City, NC, and his home church is the Town South Church of Christ.  Reed has an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Mid-Atlantic Christian University (NC), a Bachelor’s Degree in Preaching and Congregational Ministry from Cincinnati Christian University (OH), and a Master’s Degree in New Testament Studies from Johnson University (TN).

He worked as an intern in Ohio before becoming the Student Minister at the Northside Christian Church in Yorktown.  From there, Reed became the campus minister for College Ministries of Virginia at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.  Reed has actually preached at LifePointe on several occasions as well as served in our Student Ministry.

Reed and his wife, Emily, welcomed their first child, Magnolia, in October.  They currently live in Newport News but look forward to relocating to the Toano area.
Join us in welcoming Reed, Emily, and Magnolia to our LifePointe Family.  Reed’s first official day with LifePointe will be on January 16th.  In the coming weeks, we will be inviting the parents of our teens to get to know Reed.

In the meantime, we invite you to celebrate this new addition to our team.  We are excited about what Reed brings to our team and we are excited to see the impact that he will have on the lives of our middle school and high school students as well as our college-age adults.

Together we Go!

Bill Bray (elder), Chris Kelly (elder), Graham Lacy (elder), Bob Lassiter (elder), Robert Meeker (elder), James Rogers (elder), Ron Ross (elder), Phillip Murdock (Lead Minister)