Jason Gant

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Welcome Our New Director of Student Ministries!

Posted Jun 26, 2020

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Resurrection West,

Good afternoon. This weekend will be a very important message as we consider Jesus’ words through the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5–7. Pastor Adam will be preaching through what Jesus has to say about anger, keeping promises and responding to people who don’t like his followers. The sermon is entitled "The Seemingly Impossible Ethics of Jesus." Join us online at cor.org/live this weekend and invite a friend!

I’m so excited to share that after a 10-month national search and multiple candidates, we have a new Director of Student Ministries, Blake Thomas.

Blake is excited to join the Resurrection West team! Although Blake is an Olathe, Kansas, native and a proud Olathe East alumni, he has since spent his time studying and serving in different ministry capacities in Chicago. Blake earned a double B.A. in Youth Ministry and Bible & Theology from North Park University, in addition to a Master's of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. During his time in Chicago he has served as a camp program director, youth pastor, and hospital chaplain.

Blake loves youth ministry because he has the opportunity to see the world from a student's unique point of view. He is an avid coffee drinker and loves spending time outside biking or hiking. He is married to Gwyn, who is originally from the Boston area. The two of them met at North Park University and enjoy tossing a frisbee, eating pizza, and playing with their cat, Tuna.

Both of them are excited to move to Kansas City and begin connecting with the entire Resurrection West community!

Blake will begin on July 16 as our new Director of Student Ministries and, along with Jacob Cullum, our Associate Director, will begin setting up socially-distanced and safe hang-times with students and families, Zoom calls with our student small groups, and social media teachings. Please welcome Blake to our team!

Coming up in July we’ve scheduled two events for our community that I hope you’ll join me in…

July 20: Dinner at Austin’s in Olathe for a West dinner out

There is no registration or signup. We are just picking a night we know they aren’t usually that busy and inviting anyone and everyone to come casually and break bread together. My family and some other staff families will be there at tables enjoying dinner and hope many of you will join us too!

July 26: Beach Day at Shawnee Mission Lake swim beach

You must pre-register through the Shawnee Mission Park Beach sign up exactly seven days prior to the date/time. My family and I will be signing up for the 3-5 pm session on that Sunday afternoon. Here is the link to sign up if you want to set a reminder for July 19 and join us. Cost is anywhere from $4.50 - $6.00 per person.

Finally, if you haven't already signed up for VBC On the Go, the deadline is July 1, so sign up now! Our team has worked hard to prepare videos and to-go packets for your children to learn to live like a champ! Don’t forget to register for VBC at-home which is in just a few weeks. Invite a neighbor with kids to join in.

In Christ's service,

Pastor Jason

Jason Gant

Jason Gant

Jason Gant is the campus pastor of Resurrection West.