Jessica Osborne

Director of Children's Ministry

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About Jessica

As a first grader, I looked at my teacher’s big desk, her neatly labeled bins, her collection of stickers, and I knew that someday I would be a teacher too. As the years passed, I felt the call of God on my life to make a difference in the lives of children. Jeremiah 29:11 became my theme verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I earnestly sought His plan, knowing that if I followed Him I would be on the right path. I became involved in children’s ministry at my home church at a young age, and as early as my teen years I held a great deal of responsibility in coordinating and running many aspects of ministry to children of all ages.

I met and married my husband Tim, in college. When I graduated, I taught English Language Arts in middle school for nearly five years. I had my own big desk, my own neatly labeled bins, and all the stickers I wanted. As difficult as public school teaching is, I thrived in that environment. It was very satisfying to be thoroughly involved in the work God made me for. At the end of 2011, Tim’s career was leading us to Houston. I loved my job, but we both knew that if I were to continue following God’s plans, it was time to stop teaching for a while as we began our family. Our first son, Gideon was born in May of 2012. Seemingly all at once my life had changed. We were now parents in a new city, we had joined a new church (The Waters), and I had started an online business selling my original teaching resources.

During this time, I focused on my precious family, my number one priority. It felt a little strange to not be directly teaching or ministering to other people’s children, but I was content because I knew that I was obeying God’s call for that season, loving on the people who will always be most important in my life and learning how to best care for them. When my second son, Malachi, was almost 6 months old, I began to feel that something else was coming soon. I held to my special verse, Jeremiah 29:11, and I listened for the call.

It turns out, God’s plan for me was Splash Children’s Ministry. I didn’t know at first what He wanted me to do, but I knew for certain that He wanted me to get deeply involved, to use the skills and life experiences He had given me (as a mother, teacher, children’s ministry leader, and extremely organized person) to make a real difference. So I jumped in. I began to see how the influence God gave me was making a real difference in the church experience that my own boys and all the other children were having. I carefully listened to God every step of the way, determined to find out what His plan was for me. I knew his plans were not for my harm, and they were full of hope. They led me to become the director of Splash Children’s Ministry.

I had never imagined myself as a children’s ministry director, but now that I think about it, I still have a big desk, neatly labeled bins, and tons of stickers. There is something beautiful about being right where God wants you to be, even if it’s a surprise. There is something sweet and satisfying about being able to take your accumulated life experiences and use them in the way God intended. I am blessed and honored to be able to lead the children, parents, and teachers involved in this ministry. It is my deepest desire to help these children discover God’s great love and His unique path for their own lives.