By Michele Dotson
Daniel Baird was hired in March as the new Director of Student Ministries at Blair Road United Methodist Church, but he’s no stranger to Mint Hill or the church located on Blair Road.
Baird was born in Long Island and raised in Mint Hill. He graduated from Butler High School and then went on to Appalachian State where he studied Business Management and minored in Recreation Management.
He was also an active member of Blair Road United Methodist Church, even completing his Eagle project at the church.
Baird was previously employed by the Boy Scouts as a District Executive in Boone for six years before transferring to Greensboro for the past year.
“I felt God calling me to youth ministry,” says Baird. “I was confident it would work out for me.”
Unfortunately, as he was making his decision to work more directly with kids, the job market was not very forthcoming.
“It just happened that the best place to work more directly with kids that was actually hiring was with churches,” says Baird.
As luck would have it, the church he grew up in had an opening, and Baird was able to fulfill a promise he and his sister made years before.
“We made a promise to each other,” says Baird. “We decided long ago that we would both help out at Blair Road whenever we grew up.”
Baird’s focus is on improving ways the church’s youth can be helpful to the Mint Hill area.
“I think it’s important for a church to be a serving body,” he says. “We feel like Mint Hill is our neighborhood community and we want to help in any way we can.”
Baird says the group has about 26 active members who have been involved with the Crop Walk and Samaritan’s Purse and are anxious to be helpful wherever they can.
“This group has done the Crop Walk, and Samaritan’s Purse,” says Baird. “Our youth are so active and they want to be involved.”
The Sunday Night Youth Revolution program runs from 5-7 pm in the Family Life Center. The youth praise band kicks off at 4:00, followed by prayers and a meal at 5 pm.
“Our Youth Counselors are volunteers who devote their time and talents to ministering with the youth as advisors, mentors, and friends,” says Baird.
The weekly Youth Meetings provide the youth with a full range of fellowship and instruction, starting with a mealtime together, games and activities and Christian Music lead by the Youth Praise Band. There is also an interactive devotional/Bible Study time.
Additional opportunities are being planned for providing for off-campus trips for weekend worship retreats, mission trips and adventure trips to promote fellowship and unity.
Revolution Student Ministries is dedicated to helping our youth, who are the future of the church, become devoted, caring, contributing, and active members of our church and community.
“We have a lot planned for Mint Hill Madness,” says Baird. “The youth are volunteering their time on the parade float and we’re manning a booth for church.”
For more information about the Sunday programs for youth, contact Daniel Baird at 336-469-9976 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON
Daniel Baird returns to Blair Road United Methodist Church as the Director of Student Ministries. Baird was raised in Mint Hill and grew up in the church he now serves.