Carla Maples

Carla Maples

Call To Ministry

My call to ministry happened when I was 15. I decided to take my faith seriously in 8th grade and when I entered high school, I became involved in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). One of the leaders who was a senior spoke into my life after an event telling me that I would be a great leader in whatever I did. I had a stirring in my heart that would not go away. The next Sunday, my pastor did a message on Spiritual Gifts, especially about teaching. That Monday, my friend took me to a FCA leadership meeting where I was to then speak the next week. By the time I was a senior in high school, I was the president of FCA giving lessons every other week. 

That summer going into my 10th grade year (2006), I went on my first mission trip. God did a lot of awesome things through my life during that week. The Wednesday night of that week, God showed to me who He was. I was fully surrendered in worship to Him for the first time ever. Afterwards, the youth had to do a Youth Sunday service and I was asked to do the "sermon" for the morning. God had already given me the lesson to do, which involved worship. So at the age of 15, I addressed my home church congregation during Sunday service. Through this, I thought that God was calling me solely into Youth Ministry. 

In January 2008 (my 11th grade year) during a David Nasser message about ministry, I felt God tugging at my heart to stand up as to answer the call into ministry and I did.  Three months later In April 2008, God confirmed His calling on my life  when I came to the Center For Worship for a visit.  But it was not until this visit that I saw and realized that God was calling me into Worship and Youth Ministry. 

God has been refining me and equipping me to do what He has called me to do. At age 21, I have never been so sure of anything in my life, knowing that my life is to the praise of God the Father, doing His work and letting Him direct my life, instead of my own. 

Spiritual Gifts




Ministry Philosophy


I believe that worship is a lifestyle and not just a service or hour on Sunday. God calls us as Christians to worship Him because He is holy and worthy to receive praise (Psalm 145:3). Worship of God is reflecting the glory of God back to Him in response for all He is, what He has done, who He is, and what He will do. Personal private worship is important to the believer in order to have an intimate relationship with their Creator, but their corporate worship with fellow believers should be pure worship out of an overflow of their private worship of God. The Bible is the saving Word of Christ and should be the central focus of any worship leading, service or teaching. The ultimate act of worship, is the sacrifice and surrender of our lives to His will, to be completely used by Him. 

Youth Ministry: 

I believe that youth ministry is a vital part of the church and is something that is overlooked and not invested in by local churches. Normally "youth groups" are established in churches because there are youth who are the same age and they need an organized group with an adult leader to be in charge and responsible for them. This is far from the case! Youth Ministry is so much more than that and it is more than eating pizza and playing games. It is equipping young people for ministry, growing them in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, discipling them in order for them to disciple others, and become mature spiritual believers. This statement is evidenced in Ephesians 4:11-15: 

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-15 (ESV).


Aug 2009 - Present

B.S. Individualized Studies

Liberty University

Work History

Work History
Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Student Ministries Intern

Fellowship Community Church

I completed my college internship the summer before my senior year at Liberty University through this church. My "title" was the Student Ministries Intern. One of my primary responsibilities were to start, organize and lead a student praise band during the summer. I canvased the student ministry, held rehearsals and put a group together. We had practices every Thursday for two hours, a run through on Saturday for an hour and we lead three services for middle and high school youth. I created orders of worship every week, worked along our student pastor, and printed and organized music. 

The other was to build relationships with the students there as well as completing any office duties, organization, letter writing, and phone calls that arose. I attended both Middle and High School camps, where I was personally responsible for a small group of girls in each camp, as well as getting to know and enforcing the rules to other students. 

I also taught the lesson for Sunday service and taught on two Wednesday nights. I was in the leadership role when the student pastor left for a week out of town, where I lead worship services, taught, collected payments for our trip, answered questions and made phone calls. 

Aug 2011 - May 2012


Gospel Community Church

I completed my practicum (small internship) at Gospel Community Church my junior year of college. I put in over 40 hours of diligent work, developing conflict resolution skills, people skills, and organizational skills. I was able to work closely with the church to see how things were ran and to be involved in a deeper level than I was just as an attendee of GCC.

I operated and organized the PowerPoint presentation for the main church services, delegated tasks to others involving set up and tear down of the sanctuary and decoration, and I collaborated with other church leaders, including the worship pastor and main teaching pastor to ensure structure, balance and excellence for Sunday mornings.




I have run and created Powerpoint presentations since I was in high school. I have also learned and ran ProPresenter, EasyWorship, and MediaShout presentation software for churches and worship groups. I have also created presentations using Prezi online presentation software.    I can operate on PC and Mac computers.    I have run sound for my internship and am somewhat knowledgable in that area. 

Playing Clarinet

I played Clarinet for 2 years in middle school, then I played Bass Clarinet for 5 years throughout high school. I have occasionally played in college, participating in our worship orchestra for a year. 

Playing Guitar

I learned guitar from Dr. David Hahn at the Center For Worship at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA