Meet Barry and Dezerie Stevens.
Both Barry and Dezerie have full-time jobs in the private sector. Barry is a forklift driver for a nationally recognized corporation and Dezerie is a flight attendant for a major airline. They realized they were called to serve children six years ago when they were asked to consider adopting three foster children that were part of their extended family in another state. During that time God placed this verse in their hearts:
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17 NIV
After a three-year period of monthly visitations the children were awarded custody back with their parents. The Stevens’ were heart-broken that the adoption did not take place, but equally happy the children were back home with their natural parents. What they did not realize at the time was that God was calling them to serve children in another capacity.
Barry and Dezerie served in various ministries at their previous church including volunteering in the children’s ministry as Sunday school teachers. Now as the Christ Street Kid’s leaders they share their energy and creativity for bringing children into a personal relationship with Jesus. Their leadership style is evident through the ministry they have created as it provides hands-on, fun activities focused on teaching children about a God who loves them, while modeling the concept of loving others in a Christ-like manner.
Barry and Dezerie have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children of their own. With their servant’s hearts and a love for people of all ages, God has granted them favor and grace as they feel blessed to serve in the capacity as the Christ Street Children’s Ministry leaders.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
Brian and Missy Batt are the worship leaders at Christ Street Fellowship. With over 25 years of experience in leading worship, they are fueled by their love for God, music, and the desire for everyone to experience God intimately through worship. They met in 2001 while attending Y.W.A.M. Denver, (Youth with a mission - a missionary training school in Arvada). Through Y.W.A.M., they traveled and ministered together using their talents in worship, music and the arts to share the love of Jesus with people all over the United States, as well as, in several countries around the world. Today, nearly 15 years later, they call Arvada home for their family which includes three wonderful children.