Preschool Ministry

West Jackson provides parents and their preschoolers with a nurturing and safe environment where they can take the first steps in their journey of faith.

It is amazing to watch young children soak up God’s love for them as they learn together through Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights at West Jackson. Our weekly ministry to preschoolers involves opportunities for them to play, sing, explore, create, taste, and read. Your preschooler will learn about God’s love, God’s world, and God’s Word from teachers and volunteers who are committed to helping them in their journey of faith.

Join us on Wednesdays and Sundays

Each week, Preschool Ministry starts at our Preschool Place. Parents can check their children into this preschool wing next to the South Entrance (by the Courts). Find out more about our weekly times below.

Sundays in the Preschool Place
  • Sunday School @ 9:00am
  • Extended Teaching Care during morning worship @ 10:30am (10:15am drop-off)
Wednesdays in the Preschool Place
  • Preschool Choir @ 5:15pm (4 year olds)
  • Mission Friends @ 6:15pm

*Preschool Choir is open to all 4 year olds* through Kindergarten whose 4th birthday is by August 15th.

Rich Smith, Children’s Pastor

Rich’s top priority, other than his relationship with Jesus is his family. He has been married to his wife Paige for more than 20 years, and they have four incredible children: Allie, Addison, Alexis, and Max. Rich has served in the local church for over twenty years including working with children, students, and adults. However, his passion is to serve in children’s ministry. His goal is to create a fun and compelling environment for children to come learn about God and interact with his people. He believes that the truth of God’s word is relevant and powerful for the lives of children.

Rich is originally from Poplarville, MS. He received his Bachelor of Science in Religion and Psychology from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. He then continued his education by receiving a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Education from New Orleans Theological Seminary in 1997. He has been a conference leader on local, state, and national levels, and the writer of numerous publications for LifeWay.

2018 Preschool Ministry Team:

  • Karen Crook, Children’s Ministry Assistant
  • Betty Curlin and Jane Wicker, Preschool Associates

Join us for Sunday Morning Bible Study and Wednesday Night Mission Friends

The LifeWay Levels of Biblical Learning provide our foundation for effectively teaching preschoolers God’s Word. Each Wednesday, Mission Friends teaches kids the importance of missions and what it means to live a life on mission for God. On Sunday mornings, our Bible Studies for Life curriculum helps preschoolers learn how to apply biblical truths to their everyday life.