Will McLaughlin

Youth Ministry Director

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Will is not only our Youth Ministry Director, but he has found his way into the preaching rotation and won the Horizon award for the best up and coming preacher! Will first knew that he wanted to work with students when he took a "Teacher Cadet" class in high school. Since then his passion for sharing Jesus with students has brought him along an interesting path: from leading Young Life, to coaching middle school track, to attaining a masters degree in education, all the way to China as a university ESL teacher.

As a member of a family of seven, Will has always enjoyed community and the chaos that can go with it. He always looks forward to time when he can "horse around" with his two younger (yet cooler) brothers. He is also grateful for two loving parents who have taught him how to follow Jesus and modeled honor and vulnerability, two traits that Will tries to incorporate into his life daily.

Will felt called away from English education and into full-time ministry last year when he realized that teaching grammar isn't nearly as rewarding as teaching the gospel of Christ. Since starting this new path, he has loved diving into youth ministry: ridiculous games, Frisbee golf around the church (watch your cars!), loud kids, and making a fool of himself are all in a days work for him. He loves calling Roanoke "home" and tries to get outside to do some fishing/hiking/camping whenever he can!

Married to Becky, they have two wonderful children.