To date I have left the naming of Geek of the Week to the VBS Publishing Team. They have done a phenomenal job of locating and honoring 20 people from as near as a few miles down the road from Nashville to as far away as South Korea. Watching the reaction of those honored as been great fun, especially as many proudly wore their exclusive Geek of the Week t-shirts to one of our VBS 2012 Previews in January and February.
For my first voyage into the expansive ocean of VBS Geeks I have journeyed to the Great State of Oklahoma where I have found two people worthy of this esteem honor. The first - Gina McKean - I will tell you about this week. For the second, I will let the suspense grow by waiting to reveal next Wednesday.
Gina is the Children's Minister at Portland Avenue Baptist Church in Oklahoma City where she leads a large group of volunteers to completely transform the church campus to fit the VBS theme. I have heard that the church actually becomes a tourist stop during VBS week as people from the surrounding area stop in to see this amazing transformation.
Gina's commitment to VBS goes far beyond great decorations. In addition to directing a morning VBS at Portland Avenue, she takes a group of volunteers to lead an evening VBS for a smaller inner city church in the Oklahoma City area.
For Gina, VBS is not a ministry that ends at the church campus, city limits, or even the borders of Oklahoma. Each year she coordinates a VBS for the Capital City Baptist Association mission trip, and has taken VBS to to both Branson and St. Louis, Missouri.
Gina shares her passion and love for reaching people for Christ through the ministry of VBS with others by serving on the Capital City Baptist Association VBS Training Team as well as the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma VBS Team.
Gina, we salute you as an honored VBS Geek of the Week! Thank you for all you do to promote the evangelistic vision and ministry of VBS.