Gordon Brown

Gordon serves at LifeWay as one of our Graphic Designers on VBS. Gordon has said that Saddle Ridge Ranch best describes him-cabins and big sky country out west. He loves the outdoors! Gordon is an incredible singer who attends First Baptist Church Nashville!


Courtney Baker

Courtney serves at LifeWay as one of our Marketing Strategists. Courtney is married to Chase and serves with him in the student ministry of Rolling Hills Community Church. You’ll enjoy getting to know Courtney! Watch out for her… she’ll “give the house away!”


Joyce Frazier

Joyce Frazier is the senior member of our VBS team. She has worked almost half of her 40 years at LifeWay on VBS.  She serves as the Production Specialist on all things preschool and also works on the VBS and Club VBS Associational Team Packages. Joyce plays many roles, including preschool VBS teacher, at Lakewood Baptist Church in Donelson, Tennessee.

Pam Goodwin

Pam Goodwin serves at LifeWay as the marketing graphic designer. Pam has the responsibility of making us all look good. Pam attends Longhollow Baptist Church. Pam loves all things design and decorating and keeps us from throwing ANY VBS set away!



Roberta Lehman

Roberta serves at LifeWay as one of our Marketing Specialists.




Lynne Norris

Lynne serves as editor of worship and children’s music products and as video producer for our team. She teaches fifth graders at Brentwood Baptist Church. Her greatest passions are her family, the Great Smoky Mountains, UT football, and the music of U2. Lynne loves to travel, but when she needs to escape she goes to the place she calls her sanctuary—the Smokies.

Darlene Parrish





Candace Powell





Debbie Ruth

Debbie serves at LifeWay as the Lead Content Editor for Preschool VBS. Debbie teaches kindergartners at First Baptist Church, Columbia, as well as VBS. Debbie loves the University of Tennessee (UT) but especially Lady Vols basketball.


Carol Tomlinson

Carol serves at LifeWay as the Content Editor of VBX, crafts, snacks, and the Admin Guide. Carol leads a Bible Study for middle-school girls at Parkway Baptist Church as well as VBS. Carol loves to read especially craft blogs and Christian fiction!


Keith Tyrrell

Keith serves at LifeWay as one of the Graphic Designers on the VBS team (15 years). Keith teaches PreK Sunday School with his wife, Kim, at FBC Hendersonville. Keith loves to have his picture taken, so he was just right for Foto Friday! Keith is also our resident comic book/Star Wars/tech geek! Keith also likes to dress up in costumes for VBS … remember Kangaroo Keith?


Rhonda VanCleave





Jerry Wooley

Jerry is Mr. VBS! He serves as the Vacation Bible School Specialist for LifeWay. Don’t expect to talk with Jerry for too long without him asking you about VBS. Jerry loves the local church and serves in various roles (including VBS teacher extraordinaire) at Inglewood Baptist Church.


Melita Thomas

13 thoughts on “About

  1. I would like to get a copy of the monologue that Melita did in the worship rally. Can you tell me where I can get this. I bought the flashdrive at the Preview in Nashville that has the video, but would like a printed copy. Thanks
    Tammy Winton
    Hartselle, Alabama

  2. Is there a place where you can share your unused curriculum. I know a few years ago there was some place that I did this but I can’t recall the address.

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  4. Good evening!

    My name is Bryce Morgan, and I’m a pastor here in sunny Arizona. I am also the creator of a new gospel-centered resource called “Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us about the Power of Faith”. Like so many families, my three kids (ages 10, 7, and 5) love characters like Superman, Batman, and Spiderman. From cartoons to books to movies, superheroes seem to be everywhere these days! But here’s how “Rescue Me!” is different. Using a hero named Captain Sun, my book takes classic hero themes and connects kids back to God’s word. But don’t take my word for it. Download a free preview copy of the book from my website and see for yourself (www.itscaptainsun.com/preview)(it’s 75% of the book!). I think your readers will love it!

    If you like what you see and would like to do a review, I’m happy to send you a copy of the book for yourself or for a giveaway (or can send one directly to winner).

    The book is available on Amazon.com, but you can get a better deal when you order direct from the publisher (CreateSpace (a division of Amazon.com). Contact me as well about deeper discounts for bulk orders! Just click on the “Buy” tab at http://www.itscaptainsun.com.

    I’m grateful for your help in spreading the word about this unique resource. Thanks!

    In His grace,


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  6. Is it possible to use the AWA Theme song on my church VBS website?

  7. First of all, thank you.
    Thank you for investing in children through childrens ministers by blogging about your experiences on LifeWay VBS Blog, and sharing your learnings openly.

    Please know how incredible this is. And be encouraged to keep going.

    I hope and pray that even more childrens ministers will be inspired, find solutions to their struggles, will be encouraged not to stop serving, and be inspired to grow their gifts.

    We recognize that these are incredible times to live in, where technology allows childrens ministers around the world to encourage each other. As for ourselves, we use technology to reach out to children globally as well.

    We’re developing the world’s first videogame that takes kids through the Bible from beginning to end. Our hope is to increase the love for God’s Word amongst kids.

    We dream to see fathers and sons going through the Bible together, having fun as they become part of David’s army, spend time in the fish as Jonah, and play level after level, leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

    In order to steward this immense project well, we’re building relationships with childrens ministers like you. You know the kids in your community. We like to ask your input by allowing you to look behind the scenes, have your kids/families play demo game levels before they go public, etc. You may also recommend a few people you think would be of interest.

    Additionally, we can provide you with plenty of interesting “blog-food” (concept art, images, etc) if you feel that this could benefit your subscribers.

    If you’d like more information, shoot me a quick reply to the email address below.

    connect (at) tornadotwins (dot) com

  8. Hey Lifeway team!! My moms church presented MISSIONS UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS to their children ministry in a vbs a few years ago. I am director this year in a different church and would like to pitch doing this vbs curriculum to the Pastor and Children’s Director. I found one promo but it honestly didn’t show any detail from the 5 missionary families which would be our emphasis. Is there either a sample video you could email me of one of the days to present or a better promo that I may not be seeing/finding. Our emphasis will be missions and this would be a great fit. I want to show the team how we’ll these missionaries/ children present the different countries. My email is emilyrmcnutt@yahoo.com. . Anything you could send me would be a huge help!! Thank you.

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