Amy Davidson: The Puzzle Master of NextGen Ministry

Amy Davidson describes her position in NextGen Ministry as putting all the pieces together for a puzzle. As the NextGen Operations Director, she assists the Directors of Central Kids and Student Ministry with Sunday morning programming for infants through 5th grade, Friday night programming for Middle School (Whirlwind), and Sunday afternoon programming for High School (Storm)–including special events, retreats, summer mission trips, and Summer Bible Camp. She also serves on the Communications Team.

“I am blessed to work with strong leaders: Kathie Phillips, Senior Director of NextGen Ministry and Central Kids, Matt Acton, Director of Student Ministry, and Monyae Smalls. Student Ministry Intern,” she said. “And of course, we couldn’t do all that we do without the 100 volunteers in the NextGen Ministry.”

Each week, Central Kids serves around 60 children with 20 volunteers, Middle School serves 50 students with 34 adult and high school volunteers, and Storm serves 30 students with 12 adult volunteers. Amy maintains the database for volunteers and families, volunteer schedules, online forms for special events, background checks for all volunteers, curriculum preparation, children’s check-in, and many other projects. 

“One of my favorite parts of the job is interacting with the parents at Central Kids check-in on Sunday mornings or at special events for students. They must know this is a safe space for their children.”

Summer Bible Camp this week had about 100 elementary children attending the week-long camp, along with nearly 100 volunteers–including a large contingent of energetic middle school students–who helped with small groups, crafts, and STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), as well as games, snacks, security, preschool care, decorating and anything else that is needed during the week. That’s a lot of coordination!

This summer, along with Summer Bible Camp, Student Ministry is taking an international mission trip to Cuirim House in Nogales, Mexico, and a domestic trip to Ligonier Camp in Ligonier, PA. Amy helps Matt with the planning and logistics for both trips.

Amy grew up attending Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. She attended Central one Sunday, was invited to a mom’s group, and has attended Central since then. After her second child was in kindergarten, Amy started working part-time at the preschool and in 2005 applied to work in Children’s Ministry. She soon added Student Ministry and became a full-time member of staff. 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11.

She draws inspiration for her work from her favorite Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

She has been married to Neal for 33 years, and her children are Tim, age 31, and Ginny, age 29. She is also grandmother (Gigi) to Blakely who lives in Michigan.

Amy enjoys exercising, pickleball, and teaching yoga in her free time. “Motion is lotion, for the mind and body!” she said.

Anyone who has an interest in supporting the NextGen Ministry can find lots of opportunities to volunteer.
Just contact Amy at adavidson@centralpc.org.  

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