a message from tami smithee

Who would have thought, when I said yes to the Shalom Nominating Committee, in 1997, to be a Co-Sunday School Superintendent that it would turn into over 20 years of Directing Children’s Ministry at Shalom/ CrossPoint.  Certainly, not me. 

Shortly after Bryan and I were married, we felt led by God to choose to live on only one income, so that I could be a stay-at-home mom when we had children. When we moved to Hutchinson, in 1997, our oldest son was just over a year old.   When I was asked to serve for the first time in children’s ministry at Shalom, it seemed like something I could do and still stay home with our kids, since I was expecting at the time.  As the years went on, I served in other capacities, finally landing as the Children’s Ministry Director.  When asked to move into this role, Bryan and I felt led by God to ask the church to allow me to fill this role as a volunteer, giving me more flexibility to continue as a stay-at-home mom and allowing the church to utilize those funds in other ways.  As our boys graduated high school, I have spent more time in this role and been able to meet the expanding needs of the role. The role has become a part-time paid position, in order to help the church prepare for my eventual departure. 

God has been so very faithful over those many years and He will continue to be, as He calls me to the next thing.  About 2 years ago, God began preparing my heart for a change and this past fall He showed me and continues to show me that it is time for me to step down from leading CPKids ministry. Once Sunday School ends in May, I will be done.  It has been an incredible adventure with hundreds of amazing people, but I am feeling God’s call to move out of serving in this particular way.  He has not yet shown me where I get to serve next, but I am excited and looking forward to many new volunteer opportunities.  I will also continue on in a part-time capacity with the CrossPoint Staff as the Data Manager/Receptionist .

Serving with you,

CPKids Ministry Director



We know many of you would like to show your appreciation and to thank Tami for her many years of servant-leadership. 

Join us Sunday, May 23, 2021 / 11:45 am at CrossPoint