Hello! My name is Janet Young. I am the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry. My life journey has had some twists and turns. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 1983 with a degree in journalism. Instead of journalism, I landed in retail management, spending 13 years with Wal-Mart. After that, I spent 4 years as a stay-at-home mom and 6 years as an elementary school health assistant.
Along the way, my faith journey also took some twists and turns. As a child, I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, receiving a foundation of faith that would never leave me. When I got to college, however, I walked away from church. For several years, I did not practice my faith, but I realize now that God was always there. It was only when I had children that I discovered what I was missing. I knew I wanted them to have the firm foundation that I had been given. In January of 1997, I walked through the doors of First Presbyterian for the first time. I was looking for a church that would love and nurture my children.
As I rediscovered my faith, I also found a calling. In 2005, I accepted a part-time assignment as the Director of Children’s Ministry. In the years following that initial assignment, my position and responsibilities have grown and I am now the full-time Director of Children’s and Family Ministries. I love the time I spend with children, as they learn to love and follow Jesus. I love the time I spend with their parents and families. Learning and growing in faith together is always an amazing adventure!
My husband, John, and I have been married for 29 years. We have two children, Caitlin (age 20) and Dylan (age 17). Caitlin just finished her sophomore year at the University of Kansas and Dylan is a senior at Grand Junction High School. John and I know the exhilaration and exhaustion of raising children. We know that children need spiritual nurture both at home and in the midst of a loving church family.
We have found First Presbyterian Church to be a community that supports and encourages us and our family. It is my hope that you, too, will find First Pres a great place to worship, to help teach your children and to find fellowship. I hope you will join us as we follow Christ and share His Word.