Our mission is to teach and lead children to worship, and to raise them to become fellow disciples of Jesus Christ.
We value each individual child for their different personalities and backgrounds, and we love that we are all one family in Christ.
You will see this shine through our wonderful teachers who have very diverse backgrounds, but all have the same love and passion for God.
Through our teachers, children experience the joy of being a child of God and part of His big family!
What we do as LW Teachers:
- We commit to worship WITH our children.
- If teachers are worshiping with all of our hearts, children will see and follow.
- We commit to pray for our children.
- We believe the biggest task for teachers is to pray for our children.
- We commit to study God’s word.
- As teachers, we fill ourselves with the Word of God, so our hearts are overflowing with God’s love, we then focus on God’s love overflowing to the children.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, I graduated from Calvin College in ‘04, and have been a member of Living Water since the very beginning. I grew up in the church and have served as various teachers—children, youth, college, and also as a Korean language teacher. Professionally, I worked as a meeting planner for 10 years, but now I am a stay at home mom focusing my energy on my three boys and our church's children’s ministry. If you are interested in any aspect of our ministry, please reach out. I would love to share more!
I was born in the Philippines, but when I was seven years old, my family moved to China because my mom took a teaching job at a small Christian school in Beijing. China is where my family became Christians. I am currently studying psychology with a minor in kinesiology. My hope for the future is to go to graduate school for child psychology and work with children living in destitute environments.
I’m a senior at Calvin College studying English writing with an art minor. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, where my family still lives. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing after graduation yet, but I have aspirations in editing, storytelling, and wordsmithing.
I was born in Korea, but left the country when I was two years old. My parents are missionaries, so I have lived in many different places. Long story short, I lived in China for seven years, the Philippines for two and a half years, and Thailand for seven years. I am currently working as an engineer in Grand Rapids. I love participating in sports and playing music. Within our Children's Ministry, I share some testimonial stories as a missionary kid to demonstrate how God loves them and uses them even at their age.
I am a recent graduate of Calvin College, class of ‘17, majoring in small business, minoring in art and Chinese. After working for a year, I realized that I wanted to be an art teacher, so I am currently at GVSU getting my teachers certification.
Some background info: I’m a missionary kid to CRC missionaries, so as I grew up I visited Grand Rapids every few years. I have lived in the Philippines, Southern California, and China. And now I’ve been in Grand Rapids for the past five years. I am also currently engaged to David Kang, another children’s ministry volunteer and we hope to get married in June!
I'm a senior at Calvin College studying Mandarin Chinese and teaching English as a Second Language. I've been attending living water for three years now and really love the community. I am very blessed to be helping in the children's ministry. I hope I can be as big of a blessing to the children as they have been to me!
Hi! My name is Carly Byrnes. I was adopted as an infant from Kentucky and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. My family and I have been consistent church-goers my whole life, and I'm really excited to take charge of my own faith. My career goal is to become a forensic scientist and bring justice to grieving families.
Bio coming soon!
If you have any questions or if you want to learn more about our ministry, please contact us!