Children's Ministry Staff

  • Carrie ward

    director of children's ministries/ Confirmation

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    Carrie began serving the Director of Children’s Ministries here at Canterbury in January of 2016. She is the mom of 2 sweet girls and is married to her high school sweetheart who has kept her laughing since the day they met. She attended Carson-Newman College on a soccer scholarship and completed her studies at Bryan College with degrees in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education. Carrie taught elementary school before having children, and has always volunteered in Children’s and Youth Ministries. Previously, she worked as Director of Children’s Ministries at First Church Coral Springs in South Florida. Carrie fiercely loves children wherever she goes, opening wide the doors to her home and to her heart. 

  • Ashley collar

    administrative assistant for children's ministries

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    Ashley Collar serves as the Administrative Assistant for Children’s Ministries Department. She began working at Canterbury in 2007 as the church receptionist and loved getting to network with members and building relationships. She has also worked alongside with the Support Staff, Communications and Outreach departments. She loves children, has a sweet daughter she adores, and is very excited to be a part of our ministry with Children.

  • gina thomas

    upper elementary director

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    Gina Thomas is the Upper Elementary Director and has been on staff since March 2013. Gina graduated from the University of Georgia with a Master's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis on Hearing Impaired Education. She also earned a teacher's certificate in Preschool Multi-Handicapped Education. Gina, and her husband John have been members of Canterbury for 17 years. Gina and John’s 3 children have been raised at Canterbury. Gina was a volunteer in all age areas of children's ministry before joining the Canterbury Staff.

  • Amy knight

    preschool/Lower Elementary Director

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    Amy is the Children’s Ministries Preschool Director and has served in that capacity since November 2007. Before that, she was a volunteer in many areas of the children’s programs including Sunday School Teacher, VBS Teacher, VBS Co-Director and as a member of the Children’s Ministry Team (formerly the Children’s Council). Amy and her husband Sid, have four children who have all been through the Canterbury Children’s Ministry program. 

  • amanda fuller

    Nursery, playcare, communications Director

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    Amanda Fuller has served Canterbury as Nursery Director since May 2007. She directs a wonderful staff of ladies who take care of our tinest Canterbury members in the Nursery and during the week in our drop in program PlayCare. In 2015, Amanda assumed the role of Communications for Children's Ministry. In that role, Amanda is responsible for maintaining this website as well as sending out our weekly email, The Children's Chatter. Amanda truly has a heart for children and feels beyond blessed to call Canterbury her work and church home.