Mary Evelyn Coker

Children's Minister

Mary Evelyn Coker

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When God provided the call and the opportunity for Mary Evelyn Coker to help FBC’s children’s program continue during a period when it had no director, she didn’t hesitate to answer Him.

“As God would have it, I have been blessed to continue serving our Lord in this capacity,” she says.

Born in Magnolia, Arkansas, in 1960, Coker moved to Albertville, Alabama, in 1967. She accepted Jesus during a revival at FBC Albertville in 1970, and was baptized there. She graduated from Albertville High School in 1979, then received several undergraduate degrees/certificates (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Physical Education), from Jacksonville State University. She also holds a master’s degree in Education Counseling from JSU.

The widow of Randy Coker, who died in May of 2018, she has two daughters. Lacey is 31 and Scout is 19. She has been Children’s Director at FBC since January of 2018. Coker also teaches physical education classes for grades K-4 at Ashville Elementary School. She will be retiring from that position in December of 2021.

“The mission of the Children’s Ministry at FBC is to prepare and train children to be lifelong followers of Christ,” she says. “We strive to provide a loving, safe environment for all children. We share the love and life of Jesus, foster a personal relationship with Jesus, and endeavor to prepare them to tell others about Jesus.”

Personally, she wants to act in ways that enable others to see that she loves and serves Jesus. She also wants to see all families take their children to Sunday School and church services at the church of their choice.

“It’s a precious blessing to see the children at FBC make the most important decision in their lives by choosing Jesus as their Lord and Savior,” she says. “Hearing young children tell what they have learned from the Bible is also a treasure,” she says.

In the rare time that she has for hobbies, Coker loves to cook, spend time with Scout, hang out with her dogs, and watch college football, especially when Alabama plays. “Most everything else I do is related to a job or ministry God has blessed me with,” she says.

 
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