John & Desiree work as a team to oversee Generations Children’s Ministry which spans from nursery through fifth grade.
They have an extensive group of women, men, and teens that serve under their leadership. They met at the Ark, and married in 1998. They have 3 children: a son, Sage and 2 daughters, Zoie and Zavi.
Desiree stepped into the role of Director in 1997 at the age of eighteen. She has worked on staff at the church since 1995, and was an active volunteer before being hired. She also serves as the Executive Secretary for the church, and is involved in several other ministries.
Born in Wichita, raised on the road traveling with her family – founding Pastors of the Ark; Desiree came to Christ at the young age of five. She had a true desire to minister to children, as a child herself – that has been the driving force behind her compassion, love, and calling to work with children.
John began attending the youth ministries here at the Ark as a young teen where he gave his heart to the Lord. He has attended the Ark faithfully for over 20 years, and has volunteered in many different ministries. John joined the church’s staff in 2001. He has worked alongside his wife, Desiree, in Generations since 2005 teaching classes, and leading the creative & music teams. He teaches in the JV and Varsity services in the Oneighty Youth Ministry, and he oversees the facilities during the week.
John has lived in the Maize area his entire life. His desire is to create an atmosphere where kids can’t wait to get back to church – where they can build a relationship with God that will last their lifetime. Creating skits, characters, events, and segments in the classes that captivate the kids attention are his strong suits.
Together, their combined creativity and passion for the kids is what makes Generations Children’s Ministry an awesome place to be!