Along the Journey – Milestones

Wieuca will be celebrating sixty years in 2014. Through the years, our congregation has built buildings, started new churches, participated in local-national-international missions, helped to create community ministries, conducted thousands of weekly and seasonal worship services, educated many through Bible teaching programs, created quality music programs, offered outreach and evangelism experiences, initiated church/community ministries, and so much more.

On September 3, 1963, the church began the Weekday Early Education Ministry. This weekend we recognize fifty years of touching the lives of thousands of children and their families. From the vision of Kathryn Kizer (Robinson), the Director of Children’s Education, and others, Wieuca started a program that is today the recipient of the highest acclaim possible. Recently the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAECY) awarded the Day School its certificate of excellence. The Georgia Accrediting Commission accredited our school with the designation of “Accredited with Quality.”

The history of the school records periods of growth and adjustment, reflecting the economic times and church challenges. Today, as we celebrate the school’s fiftieth anniversary, we recognize the dedication of those who helped to create and sustain a program that has made a tremendous contribution to the lives of so many.

Jane Vlahos, director of the ministry since January of 2002, provides superior leadership to her faculty and the school. She is a valued member of our church staff. Her predecessors include Pat Waters, Patsy Davis, Judy Mahle, and Luci Linnenkohl. Administrative staff, teachers, aides, volunteers, and parents have served through the years to foster a wonderful learning environment for children.

I am proud of our Day School. I am grateful for the impact and influence of all of Wieuca’s ministries, but offer my congratulations on this truly significant milestone. Well done! Learn more about the Day School on our website:


Speaking of milestones, I am also pleased to offer my appreciation and join our church in recognizing Pam Jernigan, who has served on Wieuca’s church staff for fifteen years. Since coming to Wieuca, I have been fortunate to work alongside Pam in her role as Administrative Assistant. Through her time here, she has also provided excellent service and support for children, youth, and administrative areas. She loves her church, knows her church, and serves her church well!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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