Seth Hoblit has accepted the position as youth pastor at Grace Southern Baptist Church. The 2011 GHS grad had been serving an internship as Grace Southern since returning home from his sophomore year at Grace University in Nebraska.
“About halfway through June I got it on my heart that I wanted to stay and work full time with kids. Rather than going back to school this would give me hands-on experience,” Hoblit shared. He began talking to Pastor A.J. Jenness about his thoughts and “I started to feel that this was what was going to happen, but it was up to the church to vote on it.”
The decision to accept the job was an easy one, according to Hoblit. “When God laid it on my heart, it was the decision for me to make.”
After enrolling for on-line classes with Colorado Theological Seminary, Hoblit said, “God was showing me I could do both.
“Their program, the way it is set up, I take one class at a time until I can knock my way through it. I can focus (on the class) but have the same amount of time to focus on kids – reach out to them.”
He admits that he misses the many close friends he has at Grace University. “I have some great friends; I was dedicated to them, but I talk to three-quarters of them on a weekly basis and that helps.”
He’s a busy young man. He has his online class, prepares for Wednesday night youth group meetings and Bible study Sunday mornings, plays his guitar for the praise songs led by Wende Jenness prior to Sunday morning worship, “does odd jobs outside of the church and I like to meet up with kids for lunch – see how their days are going,” he said with a smile. He also helps Tina Terry “shuffle” kids to and from the newly opened Christian pre-school held in the basement of Grace Southern.
“I’m young and I have the energy and this is what I love to do. I enjoy the kids; they make it all worth while.”
Hoblit felt he was called into full-time youth ministry before he went to college. “To me ministry is focusing on getting people to Christ; numbers and denomination might be good, but I would say that bringing any kid to Christ is a good goal for me.
“I am excited to see the leadership of the students spread out from the church into the schools, to see where that will lead so kids can see themselves as peers.”
Down the road, Hoblit can see himself “working for youth in this area until God calls me in another direction. I look forward to what God has in store for this community and growing the Body of Christ.”
Hoblit is the son of Steve and Kelli Hoblit. His sister Leah recently accepted a job teaching music at a middle school in Rock Springs.