BETSY SMITH

Director of Family Ministry

Betsy is a native of Culpeper County, and graduated from CCHS in 1982. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 1986 with a BS – Business Administration /Marketing. After working for several years in Marketing, God called her to ministry. She completed a Master of Divinity – Pastoral Counseling and Children’s and Family Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993. Betsy has been in Children’s Ministry for over 20 years, serving as Children’s Coordinator, Children’s Ministry Director, and Children and Family Minister and Counselor. She was Camp Director for Camp Shenandoah Springs Children’s Camp for 3 years. 
Betsy’s husband Jon is Retired Army; they lived in Northern Virginia, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Georgia before returning to Culpeper in 2002 with their three daughters, Taylor, Rachel, and Rebekah. She has been active in the community, serving as Co-Coordinator of the National Day of Prayer for Culpeper, a volunteer in the schools, a PTO leader, substitute teacher, and currently Director of the Manna Ministry and a member of the Culpeper County School Board.
Betsy enjoys watching sports, especially football, baseball, and soccer, exercising, biking, and going to the beach. She loves spending time with her family. She is a prayer warrior, and loves to worship God. One of her greatest passions is ministering to children and families, and teaching them the truths of God’s Word. Betsy and her family are active members of CUMC, and love their church family!

 

WHO WE ARE

Ignite Youth Ministry is open to students in the 6th-12th grades regardless of church membership.


Our Youth Council chose the name IGNITE because it sums up the work of Jesus in a powerful and unforgettable way. The image of the Holy Spirit's power has been portrayed as a flame since the day of Pentecost and continues today on the Methodist cross. What's more is the visualization of our relationship with God that begins as a spark and eventually grows into an inferno that consumes every aspect of our lives. That all-consuming fire begins to burn away everything that is of us and leaves room only for His work. 

Youth Ministries calls for passion, patience, and faithfulness – pointing out the sacred in the midst of the chaos of adolescence, walking faithfully with young people as they transition from child to young adult and recognizing their gifts for ministry, questions about spirituality and their desire to make a difference in the world. CUMC’s Youth Ministry is a bridging ministry of education, connection, formation, and hopefully, transformation that will equip youth for discipleship and Christian leadership in their lives and their communities.