– by Connor D, senior –
With Bro. Boyd answering the call to pastor a church in Collinsville, Oklahoma, a new youth pastor, Bro. Kyle Spatz, has joined the ranks of the ministerial staff to fill the hole that was left.
Bro. Spatz accepted the call to ministry when he was sixteen years old, assisting in the teen department of Grace Baptist Camp in Ottawa, Kansas. Kyle pursued the call after finishing homeschool and attended Crown college in Powell, Tennessee, with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies, with an emphasis on youth ministry.
After college, Bro. Kyle married Marlie and became assistant pastor to his father-in-law, Pastor Martenn, who pastors Bethel Memorial Baptist Church in LaFayette, Georgia.
After eight years, Bro. Kyle and his family were offered the opportunity to work at Fairfax Baptist Temple. Pastor Abbey remembered them while he was youth pastor at Central Baptist Church in Greenville, Tennessee, and figured the Spatz family would be a good fit for FBT.
Upon hearing the offer, the Spatz family sought guidance through prayer. Despite the thought of moving to an entirely new area very possible to be outside their comfort zone, they felt peace in taking the opportunity.
Since then, the Spatz family has integrated incredibly quickly.
“It is much different than where we lived before because of the size of the area here and the size of the area there, but I think so far it’s been a very seamless transition,” said Bro. Kyle.
“I like my teachers, because they’re really nice,” said their daughter.
After only four months, Bro. Kyle has already established a wonderful connection with the teen group.
“He’s great,” said Hart Z, senior. “I enjoy his attitude and his relationship with the teens.”
The teen group is blessed to have Bro. Kyle as the new youth pastor, and looks forward to many teen events to come in the following months.
“My desire is to see young people saved, baptized, and steadily growing in their Christian walk as they prepare for their adult years,” said Bro. Kyle. “Marlie and I love serving the Lord together as we serve them, while raising our own two children.”