BY TOSHA LANCE –
Area youth will soon be able to enjoy a new skate park as the result of an idea by local student pastor, Logan Merrick.
Merrick recognized the need for the skate park after watching more than a dozen area youth regularly use the Mena First Baptist Church parking lot for skateboarding. After talking with the children, Merrick realized the need for a safe place to skate in the area and the idea of the skate park was born.
Five small ramps have been purchased from first-rate company OC Ramps out of Santa Ana, California, and the church hopes to purchase more in the future. Merrick has worked hard on the skate park, putting the ramps together himself, and is very excited for the kick off of Ebenezer Skate Ministry.
Merrick, who is new to the area, started work as the Mena First Baptist Church student pastor in October 2013 and currently attends Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida and before moving to Mena, played drums professionally in a Christian band based out of Nashville, Tennessee.
He and his wife, Traci, are no strangers to student ministry, having worked as part time student pastors as well as foster parents to teenage boys at a large ranch. He is excited about the new relationships that will form as a result of the park and looks forward to the growth of the church’s student ministry.
The grand opening for the skate park and Ebenzer skate ministry will be Wednesday, January 8th, at 3:30 pm in the Mena First Baptist Church parking lot at 811 Port Arthur. There will be giveaways of shirts, posters, skate DVDs, skateboard decks and more. The skate park’s normal hours will be Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and all area students’ ages 6-17 are invited to come hang out and try the new ramps. The church will provide supervision and students will need a slip signed by their parents, which can be picked up at the church office. Be on the lookout for information about the church’s “One Big Party” coming later this month.