The Session of Laurel Presbyterian Church is proud to introduce the Rev. Shannon O’Leary as our new Director of Children’s Ministries beginning October 1. The Director of Children’s Ministries (or DCM) is a new position at Laurel, designed to strengthen our existing children’s program during morning worship and to expand our ministries to the young by bringing in a midweek program coordinated with the Soup, Bread, and Prayer events on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. The DCM position is not meant to replace our volunteers, but to strengthen their teaching and provide creative outlets for our children to grow in their faith.
Rev. Shannon O’Leary is an ordained PC(USA) minister whose last call was as pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Stockbridge, Michigan. She brings great experience in ministry to youth and children. She served as a Young Adult Volunteer in Sitka, Alaska, serving as Director for Children and Youth of First Presbyterian Church. She served as children’s ministries coordinator at Hemphill Memorial Presbyterian Church in Stockbridge, Georgia, as well as youth minister at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia, during her seminary training.
Shannon is excited to live out her philosophy of children’s ministry: “Children are not the future of the church, they are a part of the church now.” She looks forward to creatively involving children in the worship and life of Laurel and to growing our capacity to do children’s ministry.
She also brings gifts and skills in working with her own children – Eva (5) and Jamie (1). She is married to our pastor, Rev. Andy Meyers. Welcome Shannon to the staff of Laurel Presbyterian Church. We look forward to what God will do through you!