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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Profile: Trevor Riddle, Youth Minister, Emmanuel Baptist Church

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  • Q: Tell me how you got the position as Youth Minister here?
    A: I grew up in this church and at the age of 16, I felt like God was calling me into the ministry. I assumed because I was good at music, it would be in music, but that obviously changed. At 18, I went to Chickasaw Trail Baptist Church in Sulphur. I served for six years as music minister there, and after I had been there one year, they called me as Youth Minister. It was a great little bitty church. God began changing my heart to being able to teach the Bible, and I believe one of my spiritual gifts is teaching and preaching. In 2007, I was called to Durant at Calvary Baptist Church. It was for Associate Pastor and Youth Minister, so no music. But that was the first step at leaving the music behind and moving into youth ministry. In 2010, the church I grew up in called me and asked me to take the position of my former youth minister. He had been here 13½ years, and I originally turned it down because Jesus said "prophets not accepted in his hometown." But I prayed about it, talked to my wife about it, and eventually took the position. It's a very neat circle, but I'm very privileged to teach and preach with people I knew when I was younger.
    Q: What is it that keeps you coming back each day?
    A: For me, getting to teach and preach scripture and see [youth] think their way through it in ways that challenge them, in ways that are counter-culture, outside of the status quo, is exciting. Then, of course, to watch somebody accept those things, to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and then to watch the life change happen over a period of time is the only reason to continue this. I love to preach and watch them change over time.
    Q: If you weren't in youth ministry, what do you think you would be doing?
    A: I always said I was going to be a rock star. I don't think that would have actually worked out, but I would probably try to pursue music if I didn't do this. I don't think I'd be very successful in it, but in my mind growing up, I was going to be a professional musician. I still get to teach people to play guitar and stuff, but I would probably have tried to do that. I might not be the most successful and I may not have been that rich in spirit, but that's what I thought I was going to be when I was young.

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