What does your ministry involve?

Preschool and Children’s Ministry will start from the cradle all the way through grade school. Showing the kids the love of Jesus through Sunday school, missions, music, Vacation Bible School and many more activities. My ministry is involved with our Weekday program with weekly chapel and music. I am also in the grade schools with early morning’s First Priority and our After School Program for 4-6 graders from Maddox Intermediate. I am always available to our families either through my email (shawng@jaspersfbc.org), social media sites, Facebook (Shawn Kell Gillott) and Instagram (shawngillott) and the Remind app (text @jfbck to 81010)

What is your passion/goal for your ministry?

My goal is to be a servant to the families in Jasper and the neighboring areas with children. The Christian values of our families are being questioned and redefined by mainstream media. I want to love and be supportive to all the families who are trying to remain truthful to the New Testament message Jesus gave us. We also have an opportunity to serve the children who may not have this Christian support at home.
“Let the little children come to me…” Matt 19:14

How long have your been involved here?

My husband, Steve, and I started attending Jasper’s First Baptist Church in 2000 with our children. I began serving as the Interim Preschool Coordinator in 2008, which led to my current position as Director of Preschool and Children’s Ministry in 2013.

What attracted you the Jasper’s First Baptist Church?

Chandler, our oldest, was enrolled in our Weekday Preschool program. We knew we wanted to be involved in Jasper’s First Baptist Church after seeing how God was using JFBC to reach out to children and their families.

Tell us about your family.

Steve and I are both from Jasper and graduated from Walker High School in 1984, and we married August 1987. I am a registered nurse and former JFBC Weekday Preschool teacher. Steve and I are blessed with four amazing children, Chandler, Matthew, Adam, and Elizabeth.

What is your preparation and background for ministry?

Since 1995 with the birth of our oldest, I have been involved in preschool and children’s ministry. I have been active in the areas of Sunday school, mission friends, preschool choir, King’s Kids, Children’s Church, VBS leader and director and our Weekday Preschool program. All of these ministries have helped show me how God wishes to use me for His glory. I regularly attend workshops and conferences for Preschool and Children’s Ministry. We also have a strong network of Children’s Directors and Ministers who support one another. I pray that I will continue to grow and learn through His love.

What do you enjoy doing outside of church?

All who know me well know that I enjoy reading! I have tried many hobbies and outdoor activities but always end up with a book in my hand.