Good teaching is something that has been instilled in me since childhood. When I was very young, my mother kept children in our home and would teach us kids bible stories. Looking back, I am amazed at how dedicated she was to teach us about the Lord despite all the wiggles and distractions she had to endure. This legacy stuck closely with me through the years and has helped me to become the man and the teacher that I am today.
When I started attending Trinity Park, I had been serving on staff at a church in the area as a children and student ministry curriculum editor. That project I was leading was wrapping up and I was contemplating where my next area of service would be. I didn’t have to wait too long for an answer because God opened the door for me and my wife to serve in the children’s ministry at Trinity Park. We have cared for babies in the nursery, taught the tweens class, served as co-leaders in our community group and even helped to teach a survey class on biblical theology.I figured that teaching occasionally at Trinity Park would be the extent of my teaching, but God had other plans.
A little over two months ago, I felt a pull to go back into teaching full time. I wasn’t sure where to start until at community group one thursday evening, Andy Ew suggested that I get to know Rick Williams the principal at Davis Drive Middle. I felt as if I had been fighting an uphill battle because even though I have taught at some private schools and have an education degree and even a Masters Degree from Seminary, I am not certified by the state of NC. Rick met with me, gave me some good advice, and agreed to stay in touch.
A few weeks later, I got an email from Rick asking me if I would come and meet with him in the school office about a need that had opened up. As a result of that meeting, I am now serving as a long-term substitute for a teacher who is unable to teach this school year. I am hoping that I can parlay this into a full time position in the not so distant future.
I am very thankful to have the privilege to teach in both the church and the school. It doesn’t matter if I am teaching our tweens about Jacob and Esau or my eighth graders about the Declaration of Independence, my focus is the same. I am called by God to use the gifts and abilities that He has given me to glorify Him and serve others. This is a high and holy calling and I couldn’t ask for anything better.
Mike Hall has been attending Trinity Park since November of 2016. He teaches Social Studies at Davis Drive Middle School and is a Realtor with Fathom Realty. He likes to hunt, fish, hike, follow college sports, and play board games with friends.