Meet the FirstWave Student Ministry leadership team:
Paul Coleman - Associate Pastor of Next Generation
(Lead of Student Ministry Team) - Paul@lifeparkmp.org
Hi, I'm Paul and I'm the Lead Student Minister with FirstWave @ LifePark. My role is to oversee the student ministry and to lead our student ministry team, adult leaders and student leaders. It has been a joy to serve in student ministry for 12+ years in Mt. Pleasant, especially since this is the city where I grew up. I became a Christian my sophomore year of high school and while at Clemson I was really challenged and deepened in my faith. After my college graduation, I began an internship at First Baptist Mt. Pleasant and it was there I sensed a call to vocational ministry. In May of 2009 I was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel and in the spring of 2013, I graduated with my seminary master's degree from Columbia International University.
I am married to Jessica Coleman and we have two beautiful girls, Ella & Lily. We love to eat out, play in the yard or park, and go on the occasional vacation. When I'm not with my girls, I'm keeping up with Clemson sports or in the woods. The Lord has been good to me, and his joy is my strength.
Hillary Dabrasky - High School Minister - email@example.com
Hello FirstWave families! My name is Hillary Dabrasky and I am 26 years old and graduated in 2012 from Grove City College, a small Christian college located in Pennsylvania. I earned my degree in Sociology and Family Studies and was involved in various ministries while I was in school. In the fall of 2012 I started by interning with the FirstWave student ministry. That internship led me to a full-time High School Minister position alongside of Paul Coleman. I have been extremely blessed by this ministry and have loved encouraging and mentoring students as they grow closer to Christ. I am especially excited to help our young women as they go through everyday ups-and-downs of high school. I just wanted to say how excited I am to be on staff here at LifePark and fro the opportunity to be a part of your student's life!
Lindsey Zito - Middle School Minister - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey relocated to Mount Pleasant in March after completing her degrees in Creative Writing and Youth Ministry at Eastern University, a small Christian college in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She has previous experience in youth ministry in both her home church and through the Young Life organization, and she feels extremely blessed for the opportunity to serve the Lord starting this August as part of the LifePark family. Lindsey loves Jesus, is a Baltimore Ravens fan, and has finally given in to incorporating "y'all" into her vocabulary.
McLeod Best - Lead Middle School Minister - email@example.com
Hey! I'm McLeod. I am the Lead Middle School Minister with FirstWave @ LifePark. I grew up in Columbia, SC (Go Gamecocks!). While in next generation ministries in Columbia, I came to place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. In high school (Irmo), I was mentored in the faith and experienced the joy of living in community with other Christians. During college (Anderson University), I felt a call to student ministry. Since graduating from AU in 2015, I have been working on my Master's of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
I am married to my wonderful wife Abby Best and we've been married a little over a year. She is a teacher and has an incredible heart for middle school girls. We love to drink coffee, ride bikes, explore new places, play sports, and eat at Chick-Fil-A. We are so excited to be at LifePark and absolutely love middle school students. Our prayer is that middle school students would become fully mature followers of Jesus: sharing life with others and sharing Christ.
Click here to locate members of our FirstWave team in LifePark's staff directory- we'd love to meet you around our church and the community!