Mintz Christian Academy and Mintz Baptist Church have welcomed a new minister into the fold, someone who is adding to the blessings of the school in the new school year.
Joe Hedrick moved to Roseboro on June 12, 2014, and he is now serving at Mintz Baptist Church as the Minister of Youth and Music as well as teaching Music and Drama at MCA and coaching girls basketball and baseball.
“I went to school at the Southeastern Theological Seminary,” explained Hedrick in a telephone interview Thursday. “I knew I wanted a full-time ministry.” After much reflection and prayer back in January, it wasn’t long before Hedrick found out about the job at Mintz.
“I knew that there has got to be a job for me,” he detailed, adding that he went for an interview in April.
“Two days before graduation they offered me a job here,” Hedrick elaborated. “I felt that God had answered my prayers for a job when I was done with school.”
“Youth and music at church, those are things I am very passionate about,” he said. “The music, drama and coaching, I am really excited about that ws well.”
Among his many talents, Hedrick is bringing something else to the table — a great musical background with experience with production.
“I was in a quartet for 13 years,” he divulged. He sang in a regional Southern Gospel Quartet called The Father’s Four, which traveled up and down the East Coast. He was also the choir director at Greenwood Baptist Church in Thomasville, where he led both adult and children’s choirs, plus directed major seasonal productions.
Hedrick is working with Mintz on its dinner theater, drama and music classes at the school as well as being involved in the choir at the church.
“I am excited about those avenues,” he said. For him, it all comes down to his favorite scripture.
“My favorite scripture is Phillippians 4:13,” Hedrick explained. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“I grew up stuttering, and it was tough growing up,” he divulged. Despite that, he said that he knew God was on his side.
“I have taken from that that God is on my side, leading me,” Hedrick added. “I can do anything because of his strength.”
“God is the most important thing in my life,” he stated. Hedrick is using his strength, given to him by God, to continue giving to others through ministry.
Hedrick is father of two adult children, Michael and Alyssa, and he has one 7-year-old granddaughter, Callie. He has been married to his wife, Kim, for 25 years.