A Teaching Congregation - Zak Lauersdorf and Rev. Jody Long
Since the beginning of September, you’ve seen a new face helping to lead worship and serve as our Youth Ministry Associate for this year, Zachry “Zak” Lauersdorf. Here is a brief bio from Zak:
I grew up on Saint Simons Island, Georgia with my amazing parents Dale and Amy, my little sister Romy, my grandmother Sharon, and my aunt Rani. Growing up, I was heavily involved in my home church, First Baptist St. Simons. I participated in the youth group, the handbell choir, and ran the soundboard on occasion. I have a great passion for both creating and appreciating music. I have been playing the piano since I was nine years old, and when I was in my last year of high school, I began playing guitar for my church’s Sunday morning services. I came to Mercer two years ago with the original intention of studying biology, going on to medical school, and working with Doctors Without Borders. However, my first semester at Mercer was incredibly difficult for me, and I began to feel that medical school was not in my future. At the same time, I felt as if I was being drawn towards studying religion. At the beginning of my sophomore year, I declared a double major in Christianity and Psychology. I also plan to pursue a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. During my time at Mercer, I have developed a strong passion for social justice and making things right in the world. It is my hope to go to seminary once I complete my undergraduate degree and serve God through a career in ministry.
One of the great blessings of First Baptist is our willingness and eagerness to be a “teaching congregation.” We are a teaching congregation because we believe everyone, from our youngest children to our older members, should continually teach, and learn from each other. Each year, we select college students from Mercer to receive scholarships as they work alongside our children’s, youth, and music ministries, learning from capable leaders and wonderful mentors.
Zak is the newest recipient of the Youth Ministry Associate scholarship and follows a worthy line of Associates who have gone on to great and wonderful things for our Lord and our world. When you see Zak around, give him a handshake or a hug, a word of encouragement or thanks; but most of all, pray for him. Pray that God will use this year at FBC to help Zak further discern his calling from God and that our congregation will be a worthy teacher for him.