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meet Niña Banta


meet Niña Banta

“Wait a minute … I thought Niña was already on Southwood’s staff.” Such a statement is certainly understandable given her extensive involvement in corporate worship and Children’s Ministry. But it wasn’t until April 18th of this year that Southwood member Niña Banta actually joined the staff as Director of Creative Arts. This newly created position coincides with the combining of Children’s and Youth Ministries under the new Student Ministries; one of our three core competencies and places we want our membership to serve as Southwood “gathered.” As a part of Student Ministries, the majority of Niña’s responsibilities will be in Children’s Ministry while also working with High-Life in the area of worship.

For many of us, Niña is a familiar face in the sanctuary as part of the worship team and also in Children’s Ministry leading and facilitating worship. What you might not know is that her undergraduate degree was in music and theatre (a double major) with a minor in education. She also brings to us extensive experience in creative arts through theatre. Her giftedness in arts and passion for seeing children grow in grace makes her uniquely fit for her new role. Ken Stuart says, “Niña’s laugh is not only contagious but you’re sure to know when she’s in the building! We’re thrilled to have her on our team.”

So, you might be asking “what exactly will she be doing?” Plenty! And primarily this:

Worship: Responsible for the worship teams in all of our childrens’ departments to ensure age appropriate and dynamic worship as part of the spiritual diet children are engaged with on Sundays and other venues.

Environments: Chief designer and implementer of how all of our childrens’ ministry environments intentionally enhance and serve the worship, teaching and small groups that use these environments.

Creative Ideas: Working with staff and volunteers to help give creative expression to teaching (in curriculum we are currently using and will be producing for future use).

Tech: In charge of teams running lights, sound, music and video elements in the large group environments that use them.

So, please join in welcoming our newest staff member! Also, if you are interested in knowing more about serving in the areas of worship or tech in Childrens’ Ministry, you can contact Niña at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).