Servant Leaders

#meetourservantleaders

Each week we highlight servant leaders in our church and community. There are so many individuals, couples, and families doing incredible work that we often don't hear about. So we want you to start to "meet them", see how God is using them, and get excited for the ministry work taking place at Coral Ridge and in our city. We are blessed and humbled by their hearts and service. If you want to get involved in any of the ministries we highlight, email us and we'll get you plugged in!

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Meet Eric:
Children’s Ministry Servant Leader

Eric is a Lieutenant in the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, and has served 11 1/2 years with the county. He is married to Kim, Director of the Little Ridge Child Care & Director of the Little Ridge Ministry at Coral Ridge. Eric and Kim have three children at Westminster Academy - Halle (1st grade), Lincoln (Kindergarten), and Tucker (preK4). On Sunday mornings, Eric leads praise and worship for the Little Ridge kids (up to preK4), and gives a small Bible Chalk Talk, while Kim and her team coordinate, plan, and run the morning. Eric is also the head of Kidweek, our Wednesday night program for kids in K-5th grade. Kidweek is an energy packed night of dinner, games, bounce houses, zip lines, relay races, snacks, light shows, music, rides, prizes, movies, a lesson, and much much more! Eric emcees the night, teaches the lesson, and gets the kids FIRED UP! At the beginning of the week, Eric runs a Kidweek promo during lunch for the Westminster kids to build excitement for that week’s upcoming Wednesday night fun. The spectrum of what he does for our kids is broad, to say the least! He’ll lead the littlest ones in the Doxology with hands raised on Sunday mornings, light an old Christmas tree on fire for a Kidweek lesson, and walk with a snake wrapped around his neck to get kids excited…and everything in between. So how did this firefighter get so involved? Eric says, “I got married, we were having a kid, and thought we needed to get plugged into a church. We wanted a home church for our child and for our family. We found Coral Ridge and then all of a sudden we had 3 kids in 5 years. So we naturally kept getting plugged into the children’s area. Kim began working in Little Ridge and I got more involved helping out. As our family grew so did our church family.” Eric, thank you for your energy, love of kids and families, and your desire to grow our Children’s Ministry and have kids excited about going to church. If you have a child at Coral Ridge of any age, they’ve been blessed by the hard work, dedication, and love of the Harden family! We love you guys so much! Thank you for your endless serving. #meetourservantleaders 

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Meet the Pew Crew:
KeenAger Servant Leaders.

Guy Metzger, head of the KeenAger Ministry here at Coral Ridge, describes the Pew Crew as “invisible but necessary.” This unbelievably kind and dedicated group arrives at 9:30am every Friday to get the Sanctuary ready for Sunday morning. They meet for coffee and fellowship, and then walk over to the Sanctuary to start Sunday prep work. They restock connect and visitor cards, tithe envelopes, and pens, and straighten Bibles and hymnals in all the pews. Often times they can be found polishing the wood on all the pews as well. The Sanctuary seats 1,800 people, so they spend about 2 hours each Friday together. In addition to getting the pews ready, this group frequently stuffs bulletins with primatial pieces whenever needed. Guy Metzger says of their work, “we get the Sanctuary ready like you would get your house ready for company.” This group of KeenAgers is such a bright light - always smiling, always joyful, always ready to help. If you want to get involved with the Pew Crew, they are always looking for more hands on deck! Just email guy@crpc.org. Thank you, Pew Crew, for ALL you do! Sunday mornings wouldn’t be successful without you! We love you. #meetourservantleaders

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Meet Tommy and Joanie DeRosalia:
Benevolence Ministry Servant Leaders

Tommy and Joanie run the benevolence ministry at Coral Ridge for the unsheltered in Broward County. They don't just feed the hungry - they develop the human. On Saturdays, they serve breakfast and provide clothing for all who come. They make a point to hug each individual who walks through the door - for as they say, "it might be first and only person they've physically touched and had human contact with all week." Saturdays are for development, too: bus pass applications, job and housing searches/applications, prayer, and self-sufficiency surveys. They also celebrate birthdays, complete with cupcakes, candles, and singing. All guests are invited to worship on Sunday, encouraged to attend, and welcomed when they arrive. Many of the guests just want to talk - they just want to be heard. Joanie and Tommy will drive by a bus stop and see 4 unsheltered--they'll say "we'll know 3 of them - their names, their stories - and notice that other one is new. We'll make a point to get him to the church on Saturday and meet him." They're not just unnamed and unknown - now people know their names, their stories, and their birthdays. This is an incredible couple, and we are so blessed and encouraged by their hearts and love for the hurting in our community. #meetourservantleaders

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Meet John Hicks:
Avondale Servant Leader

I thought God wanted me to become a missionary. I always thought missions was just overseas, but I came to realize there was missional work needed in our local communities. So I plugged into what Coral Ridge was already doing in Avondale. God has connected me to 40 kids (20+ families) and we have 4 churches involved there – Coral Ridge, Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, First Baptist Pompano, and Zoe Life Church. We found out that there was a city park at the end of the community, but it wasn’t being used. Families said it wasn’t safe. Drugs were being sold out of the bathrooms everyday. There were never kids playing there. So we decided to create a sports play ministry for the kids on Saturdays. We wanted that park to be safe for the kids – it would at least be a safe place for them on Saturday mornings. The community has now taken the park back – the kids are there every day. The drug selling has disappeared – it’s no longer quiet and safe for drugs. It’s loud and safe for kids. We're there every Saturday from 10am-12:30pm playing sports and doing arts and crafts with the kids. We bring snacks and water, and sometimes we grill out. An 8 year old girl ran up to me once on a Saturday and asked, “Is this the soccer church?” I said “Yes, darling, you’re in the right place.” Coral Ridge has sponsored 40 kids a year into the soccer and basketball programs at First Baptist. On Sundays, I bring 10 kids to church in the church van and we go out for lunch after. I’ve gone to their graduations, their baptisms... We used to think we needed to have a big event in the community to make a difference. But God has shown me that it's about being steadily and faithfully involved in the community that makes the difference – a continual faithful presence in their lives. That’s what’s made the difference, that’s what has connected us to their families. They trust us. At first, the boys who come think they have to be street tough – within 2 weeks they’re running around playing just like kids. That’s all it takes. On Saturdays they don't have to be tough - they can just play. #meetourservantleaders

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Meet Kenny and Michele Valentine:
Church and Communion Servant Leaders

Kenny and Michele have been part of our Coral Ridge family for 2 1/2 years (although it’s hard to imagine a time without them). They have 3 children and 2 dogs. From the moment they started coming to Coral Ridge, they have been eager to get plugged in and serve. Their smiles and personalities are infectious. Kenny serves as a deacon, pitching in with all that entails to serve the church body. Additionally, he faithfully prepares communion each month for our church family. He gets to church early on Communion Sundays to get all the elements ready for the Lord’s Supper. Michele has had MS for 15 years and can’t stand for long periods of time. She had gotten into baking bread recently — it was something she could handle physically and loved to do and share. Wanting to do more to serve in the church, she was praying to God, asking how she could serve while so limited physically. And then it hit her: she could make the communion challah. It takes her 2-3 hours to make the bread each month. Now as a couple, they play a huge role in communion each month: Michele makes the challah, and Kenny sets up the elements and helps usher our congregation out row by row to receive communion. We love the Valentines so much. They have such servant hearts, gracious spirits, and contagious smiles. They bless us more than they know. #meetourservantleaders

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Meet Jimmie: Art and Children Servant Leader

"I started serving at Coral Ridge when they asked me to make balloon animals for kids at different events - HarvestFest, Spring Fever/Easter Egg Hung, and a number of events at Avondale. I used to have an art shop and taught art classes for young children at different craft shops and day care centers, and I always loved that. It also provided me with the opportunity to show kids that they are valued: you value them as a person when you give them individual attention, when you help them approve, when you look at their work and ask them to dream, when you make sure they have good supplies—they see how much I value them and I hope that helps them to realize how valuable they are. There aren’t any boundaries in art—there are infinite possibilities. Because God was and is and will always be in all things; and because we are made in the image of God, we are destined to be imaginative thinkers, creative workers, and fantastic artists! Helping children develop in this way is a joy. We recently put on an Art Gala to highlight the work done by the children in the LIGHT after school program. We put all the kids in costumes from different cultures and they got to lead their parents around and show them all their art and everything they’ve learned. We showcased art from the first semester, which was themed on all different cultures around the world, focusing on diversity, and helping children see that differences can be beautiful and good. The second semester was based on the Story Book Bible. Students completed art related to the different names of Jesus throughout the Bible, connecting those names to different art projects to help them understand Jesus in a new and individual way through their art." Jimmie is a faithful, loving, and kind servant with an enormous heart for children and art. We are beyond grateful for her. She serves at all our church events, and is spending this summer teaching art to kids at Camp Innovation each day. We love you so much, Jimmie! Your smile brightens everyone's day. This place wouldn’t be the same without you. #meetourservantleaders