Markland named childhood ministry consultant

by BSCNC Communications
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 2 yrs old

Cheryl Markland will begin Oct. 1 as childhood ministry consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC).

Markland comes to the BSCNC from First Baptist Church in Matthews, where she served 10 and a half years as minister of children. Prior to serving in Matthews, Markland served in Charlotte six and a half years at Eastern Hills Baptist Church.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pfeiffer University.

Ever since college Markland knew she wanted to serve local churches. “I always had a connection when it came to working with children. I taught weekday education, substituted and volunteered in children’s ministry. It was natural for me to go into children’s ministry,” she said.

Markland desires for children to grow in their relationship with God and to serve Him. “I want children to be captivated by who God is, and to know it’s not just a Sunday morning part of their life,” she said. “God needs to be infused into all of their life. He has a plan for their life.”

Markland said she is excited about working with North Carolina Baptist churches and helping churches move forward in their ministry to children, as well as families.

“Parents have come to rely on the leaders in the church as the primary spiritual leaders of their children,” she said. “We want to help parents understand that discipling their children should be a natural part of their relationship with their children.”

Brian Upshaw, BSCNC church ministry team leader, said local churches will greatly benefit from Markland’s years of experience and dedication to children’s ministry.

“Cheryl is no stranger to us. She has already demonstrated her passion for assisting North Carolina Baptists as one of our childhood specialists. She brings a wealth of expertise to assist North Carolina Baptists, as well as a creative mind for innovation in the field of childhood ministry,” he said.

Markland plans to spend time seeking input from church leaders and parents about their children’s ministry strategies that have proven effective, and ineffective, so that she can come alongside and help encourage and equip them in their ministry. She also wants to help churches work together and learn from one another.

“You have to tailor your ministry to your congregation, but there are basic concepts you can use from other churches to develop resources and reach your congregation,” she said.

Markland is from Locust, N.C. She is married to Curtis and they have two children and one granddaughter.

Contact Markland at (800) 395-5102 ext. 5645 or cmarkland@ncbaptist.org.