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Landon M. Cole

Minister to Children & Families

  • Plano TX
  • 615-347-9696

Ministry Philosophy

As a seminary-trained children's minister with more than 13 years experience, God has given me a passion for developing the spiritual lives of children, teaching parents how to guide & nurture their child’s relationship with the Lord, & equipping volunteers with how to reach children with the Gospel.

My ministry philosophy is grounded in Deuteronomy 6 as well as Luke 2:52, which states, "And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom & stature, & in favor with God & men." (NASB)



Sep 2008Present

Ministry Ordination

Forest Hills Baptist Church

Work History

December 2015current

Volunteer & Youth Engagement Mgr

Jonathan's Place
  • Coordinate all volunteer activities
  • Recruit volunteers 
May 2013Jun 2015

Children's Ministry Associate

Prestonwood Baptist Church, Dallas Campus
  • Worked alongside Children's Ministry team across multiple campuses to plan a comprehensive program
  • Managed yearly intern, up to 3 summer interns & an average of 10 weekly childcare workers
  • Coordinated materials & more than 50 volunteers for birth-6th grade Bible Fellowship classes
  • Assisted Children's Minister in all manner of planning & implementing church-wide & community special events including Easter Egg Drop, Fall Festival & Santa Stops Outreach
  • Helped plan & implement the pre-teen discipleship weekend
  • Directed AWANA Truth & Training & taught lesson, as needed
  • Acted as a liaison of the church in developing positive relationship with parents of Christian Learning Center 
  • Recruited more than 140 volunteers for VBS
  • Acted as a VBS Director with an average of 370 children & 120 volunteers per day
  • Acted as a lead team member for planning 2nd-3rd grade mini-camp & 4th-6th grade weekday camp
  • Familiar with ProPresenter, FellowshipOne & ServiceU programs

    May 2010May 2013

    Director of Children & Family Ministries

    Spring Valley United Methodist Church
    • Developed, implemented & maintained comprehensive childhood education ministry for birth-6th grade
    • Managed 2 Sunday School hours, choosing teaching curriculum 
    • Taught educational courses such as "Parenting in the Pew"
    • Managed 8 childcare workers, implementing policies & procedures, coordinating schedules, & writing job descriptions
    • Consulted & coordinated with other church staff members concerning activities, policies & procedures that overlap other ministry areas
    • Recruited, supervised & monitored all staff & member minister leadership of the Children’s Ministry, including Sunday School, Wednesday evening activities & VBS
    • Developed special events for families & the community such as Advent Workshop, Easter Egg Hunt & Trunk or Treat
    • Wrote articles about Children’s Ministry events for weekly worship update, bulletin & church website
    • Directed monthly children’s & preschool council meetings
    • Monitored spending throughout the year & prepared annual budget

    Aug 2008Dec 2009

    Minister to Children

    Forest Hills Baptist Church
    • Developed, implemented & maintained comprehensive childhood education ministry for more than 200 children kindergarten-5th grade, working alongside the Minister to Preschoolers
    • Managed over 30 Sunday School teachers
    • Taught educational parenting classes on vital topics such as “How to Lead Your Child to Christ”
    • Planned, prepared & led New Christian Retreat with assistance from member leaders
    • Consulted & coordinated with other church staff members concerning activities, policies & procedures overlapping other ministry areas
    • Developed & implemented summer program activities for each grade
    • Recruited, supervised & monitored all staff & member minister leadership of the Children’s Division, including Sunday School, Missions, Discipleship & VBS
    • Monitored spending throughout the year & prepared annual budget
    • Reviewed, updated & communicated Children’s Division policies & procedures
    • Wrote articles about Children’s Division events for the worship bulletin, “Family Matters,” “Mid-Weekly” & the website
    • Developed special events for families with children & the greater community such as Fall Festival
    • Coordinated & chaperoned summer trip to Centri-kid camp
    Aug 2006Aug 2008

    Children’s Ministry Associate

    Travis Avenue Baptist Church
    • Planned & led Sunday Night 1st-6th grade Discipleship Training
    • Helped & planned summer activities in coordination with other Children’s Ministry staff
    • Ministered to over 150 children, coordinating weekly Sunday & Wednesday evening activities
    • Managed over 30 Sunday School teachers for 1st-4th grade
    • Oversaw the flow of the G.A. & R.A. directors to coordinate missions
    • Served as Teacher & Assistant Director of the two-day-a-week, after-school program
    • Fulfilled administrative duties as assigned by Children’s Minister
    Apr 2004Aug 2006

    Children’s Director

    Tulip Grove Baptist Church
    • Oversaw children’s activities for over 200 children in 1st-6th grade
    • Directed two Sunday School hours, recruiting teachers to lead & assist while working with each hour’s director to ensure teachers were prepared & available
    • Worked with program leaders throughout the church including the G.A. & R.A. directors, Bible Drill coordinators, Upward Basketball & AWANA directors to coordinate & promote programs within the church & community
    • Communicated ministry activities through providing monthly reports for church-wide business meetings, producing & mailing monthly Children’s Ministry newsletters, & distributing informative brochures
    • Directed quarterly children’s & preschool council meetings
    • Coordinated interview process for full-time summer intern, managing and overseeing daily work
    • Organized children’s summer program to provide weekly activities
    • Recruited & assisted VBS directors by coordinating the schedule, ordering literature, recruiting & training teachers
    • Chaperoned average group of 25, 4th-6th graders at week-long Centri-kid camp & 42, 1st-6th graders at the inaugural Crosspoint day camp

    Jan 2001Jan 2003

    Children’s Ministry Summer Intern

    Tulip Grove Baptist Church
    • Assisted Children’s Director by helping coordinate weekly children’s events
    • Chaperoned all activities throughout the summer
    • Directed recreation for summer VBS
    • Led Bible Study for Wednesday night, Sunday night & Thursday children’s activities

      Professional Conferences & Memberships

      • 2013 D6 Conference
      • 2012 Children’s Minister Retreat at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Planning Committee
      • 2011 Southern Baptist of Texas Preschool/Children’s Minister Mentoring Program
      • 2009 LifeWay Bible Express Pre-Teen Thinking/Writers’ Conference
      • 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2009 National Children’s & Preschool Convention, LifeWay Christian Corporation
      • 2005 Weekend Sunday School Conference, LifeWay Christian Corporation
      • 2006 Weekend Recreation Ministry Conference, LifeWay Christian Corporation