The weekly ministry at Serving You is run by volunteers. Without our wonderful volunteers SYM would not exist! We are able to serve more of our neighbors because of the servants in our community who want to give back.
We have over 50 volunteers from 11 different local churches who regularly serve with us. Most of our volunteers are retirees, but we also have a few stay at home moms or women with ministry jobs which allow them to have flexible schedules. Our afternoon shifts allow us to also have volunteers who come straight from work to serve.
Our ministry is not only to serve our clients, but also to serve the Church. SYM provides a space for the body of Christ to use their gifts to serve the community, to cross borders into places they may never otherwise enter, to grow, & to learn how to better look like Jesus. Our volunteers are often stretched out of their comfort zones - this is where the beauty of reconciliation & relationship building happens!
Click HERE to find out how you can join the team & serve with us.
John Gibson - Executive Director
John Gibson has served as Executive Director of Serving You since 2013. Under his leadership, Serving You has expanded its service area from 8 zip codes of Birmingham to the entire Greater Birmingham area. He has been able to establish partnerships with churches, businesses, and foundations which allow Serving You to provide more relief to families in crisis. Partnerships have grown from 3 to over 30 during his 3 years of service.
John holds a M.S. and Ed.S degree in Leadership from the University of Alabama. Previously, he was an educator and coach for the Trussville City School System. He is married to his lovely wife Mary and they have 4 children Kenley, Katie Ann, Molly, and Drew.
Favorite verse: "He must increase, and I must Decrease." John 3:30
"I am passionate about getting people to serve God and believe we are all called to take care of our neighbor as ourself."
Stephen Shelton - Director of Operations in Ministry
Stephen has served as Director of Operations in Ministry of Serving You since January 2014. Previously, he served in ministry in the local church for over 20 years and also served as a missionary internationally for three years. He is married to Lora and has three active boys, Harrison, Nathan, and Andrew. He holds a Doctorate in Christian Education Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Favorite verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
"I am passionate about people hearing the simple Gospel and following our One True God through discipleship and missions."
Katherine Woods - Ministry & Volunteer Coordinator
Kathy is our newest member of the Serving You team having just joined us as the Ministry and Volunteer Coordinator in October 2017. Previously, she served in Youth Ministry for over 5 years. She is married to Robert and has three wonderful children, Mason, Katlyn, and Michael. Kathy graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a degree in Biblical Studies.
Favorite verse: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes." Romans 1:16
"My heart has always been to help people discover just how much Jesus loves them! Whether it is in the foreign mission field, or with students at the local church, I love talking about what God has done in my life!"
Gerald Merchant - Volunteer Engineer Superintendent
Gerald has volunteered with Serving You since 2015. Since his retirement from the family plumbing business, Gerald graciously gives of his time and talents to serve in a multitude of ways at Serving You. Gerald seeks to do whatever needs to be done and is quick to say, "I'll do anything that someone else doesn't want to do, if it can help someone out." Gerald has been a plumber since 1974.