Membership (commitment to Jesus Christ and to a church family) and Maturity (commitment to spiritual disciplines that will help each of us become more like Jesus Christ) are the foundation for Ministry. A vital, thriving ministry is a result of a vital, thriving relationship with Jesus Christ and with a church community. In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul writes, "He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ." We believe that every member is a minister -- that every person is shaped for a purpose. At Wilderness, we help you discover your SHAPE (spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences) and then we assist you in plugging into an existing ministry or creating a new one as the Holy Spirit leads. Once you have identified your SHAPE, you can better understand your ministry. Lay ministers are resourced, trained, equipped, and supported throughout the body of Wilderness.

Wilderness Community Church has many lay ministry teams. To find out more about opportunities to serve in lay ministry, click on the ministry team below for more information or contact Teresa Marcus, Director of Lay Ministry.

Below is a list of our current lay ministry teams, along with contact information for each team leader:

Blanket -- Cancer patient outreach program where easy, no-sew blankets are created in groups or on your own. As you cut and tie each knot, you do so with a prayer or special blessing. Your efforts make all the difference to cancer patient.  (Judy Whipple, 540-972-3232)

Compassion -- Provides support for individuals and families in our church going through advesity; they send cards, make contact and visits in homes and the hospital. (Margene Sims, 703-690-7760)

Counters-- Responsible for collecting and counting the weekly offerings received during Celebration Services.
(Stephanie Oliver, 540-972-8433)

Decorators -- Decorates our facility to enhance our worship experience. (Bea Guilette, 540-786-3926) 

Disaster Relief -- Travels to various areas of the country in dire need of assistance due to recent disasters. (Becky VanRenan, 540-972-9264)

Extreme Youth -- Provides adult leadership for our ministry to Middle School and Senior High youth in our community.
(Brian Lamb 540-972-8808, ext. 105)

Greeters -- Welcomes & greets those who attend our Celebration Services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. This team also shows new families around our facility, distributes bulletins and receives offerings during our services. (Cindy Stillwaggon, 540-412-0677)

Hospitality-- Sets up a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our Celebration Services. Hospitality provides hot coffee and a cold drink for those who serve and those who attend our services. Hospitality also provides assistance for other events presented by the church. (Janet Ayers, 540-972-1073)

KidZone-- Offers an exciting ministry for our children from kindergarten through fifth grade during our Celebration Service. Service opportunities range from assisting to leading activities associated with KidZone. (Wendy Stack, 540-972-1936)

Library -- Our library is full of wonderful stories and resources to enhance our Spiritual growth and enjoyment. The Library requires cataloging of books, preparation for check out and restocking material. (Pamela Boyette, 540-785-2579)

Media -- The Media provides visual support of our Celebration Services. The Media Team works with EasyWorship to increase the beauty of our services. They record and project the services. (Mark Stepongzi, 540-786-3926)

Music and Worship -- Plans, prepares, performs and leads all music in connection with our Celebration Services and other gatherings offered by our church. (David Hayes, 540-379-3381)

Hand Bells - - This team meets for weekly practice and periodically performs at our Celebration Services and on special occasions. (Sandy Freed, 540-972-9847)

Prayer Shawl -- This ministry reaches out to those in need of God's comfort. Many blessings and prayers are knitted into every shawl for the recipients.  Beginners to experts knitters are welcome. (Janet Humphrey, 540-907-1904)

Toddler & Preschool Nursery -- Our youngest children are served in a loving and nurturing atmosphere during the 10:30 a.m. service. Toddler Nursery is offered for those from birth to three years old. Preschool Nursery is also offered during the 10:30 a.m. service for preschoolers, ages 3 through age 5 (not yet in Kindergarten). Preschool offers Bible stories, songs and fun, age appropriate activities. (Pam Wayne, 540-423-1232)                                                                  

Columbia Mission -- Plans and implements our partnership with the ministry of Brian Williams in Columbia. (Becky Van Renan, 540-972-9264)

Sound -- Sets up and operates our sound equipment during Celebration Services and special events. (Jim Steele, 540-937-0339)

Wilderness Outreach Ministries (WOM) -- Serves our community with ministries reaching out to individuals and families that are economically challenged, including our monthly Food Pantry, Thanksgiving Dinner, Angel Tree program and more. If you want to experience a true blessing, plan to help this group with any of their outreach activities! They meet the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.  (Debbie and Rusty Dennen, 540-841-2813)

Wilderness Worshippers -- Provides an excellent ministry in teaching middle and high school youth in our community during the 10:30 Celebration Service. (Lenny Carranza, 540-522-2657)

Wilderness Men's Ministry -- Serves to enrich the men of Wilderness in their walk with God through seminars, workshops, fellowship and outreach.  (Greg Engel, 540-972-1341 or Bruce Tucker 540-972-0704)

Wilderness Women's Ministry -- Serves the women of Wilderness so they grow deep in in their faith and relationship with God through fellowship, activities, seminars and outreach events. (Melisssa Baker, 540-972-4780)