Barbara Ballard

Full name: 

Barbara Christ Ballard


What you prefer to be called:

Barb or Barbara


Job Title:

Director of Children's Ministries


When did you start at First UMC:

March, 2013


What are the main things you do at FUMC:

Plan, prepare, and help lead Sunday School, Children's Fellowship Time, and Vacation Bible School;  plan and coordinate seasonal outreach activities such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Backpack Giveaway, and Trunk or Treat; provide care during worship for children ages three through Kindergarten which includes free choice acitivities, dramatic play, and Sunday School curriculum;  encourage involvement and provide support for both parents and volunteers from youth through older adults as we work together to implement the children's ministries.


Who are the key volunteers that you work with on a regular basis:

Marcia Anderson, Sandy Gay, Sherrie Price, Kay Presley, Martha Cook, Brigette Pendleton , Ruthie Boyles, Stephanie Bowling, Jessica Pritchett, Karen Thorn


Tell us about your family:

Married to Bob, from Alderson, WV, retired Unit Manager from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, currently drives for Ramey Motors and enjoys traveling to new destinations each day, after being “locked up” for twenty four years.

We have a calico cat, “Matida”, who can be friendly if she wants to go outside or eat.

Our only daughter, Emily, lives with her husband Jonathan Cook in Lexington, Virginia where she works as the research and outrearch librarian at Washington and Lee University.  Jonathan is the assistant professor of physics at Blueridge Community College in  Weyes Cave, Virginia.  They both devote much time striving to find homes for dogs in need of families, and love sharing their home with beagles Sugarplum and Cocoa.


If someone wanted to start a conversation with you that would immediately get your interest, what would some of the topics be:

Life experiences, movies, traveling, faith

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