Chip grew up on a 700 acre chicken farm just north of Syracuse, NY. He had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home, and his family was actively involved at Constantia Center Independent Baptist Church. At an early age, Chip knelt beside his bed, with his parents, and confessed his need for Jesus to save him from his sins. He was baptized as a teen and grew up serving with his church youth group. Any time that he was not working on the farm, Chip could be found singing in a school musical, chorus or quartet. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Baptist Bible College (1986-1991) where he studied Music and Youth. It was at BBC that Chip met Karen while serving together on a Music Gospel Team.
Karen (Hunt) grew up on a sheep and Christmas tree farm near Ithaca, NY. She, too, had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and was very active in church. Karen has a precious memory of sitting in a little brown rocking chair at a young age and asking Jesus to be her Lord and Savior. At the age of 13 she was baptized in her home church of Brooktondale Baptist. She is thankful for loving parents along with a church family that mentored and encouraged her to serve in the church. She enjoys ministering through music and holds a degree in Music Education. She finds much JOY in encouraging children and has experience teaching in public and Christian schools to students of every age.
Together, Chip and Karen have been serving in full-time ministry for 24 years. They have spent the last 16 years at Lamoka Baptist Camp where Chip was the Director. God gave them a very clear picture of the desperate need for youth to be discipled and encouraged toward godliness. The Woods cherish family time and have three children, Elizabeth (a sophomore at Faith Baptist Bible College), Johnathon (age 17) and Katherine (age 11) who have actively served in the camp ministry as well as their local church.
By faith the Woods came and have started working at the mission office while doing deputation. Their current support level is 40%. Chip and Karen have a simple desire to grow His church with their talents and abilities. This desire makes them a good fit at BCP and dovetails very well with the purpose of the mission. God has given the Wood family a passion for youth and the church, and their backgrounds have prepared them for this unique ministry. They are passionate about investing all that they have learned into helping the churches of America strengthen the foundation of today’s youth.
Karen will also be serving as administrative assistant to Chris Brown, director of techPartner. She will help administrate the projects and manage scheduling, communications, connections and donors.
JOY Clubs are unique in 5 ways. They are….
1. biblical – The lessons come straight from His Word. They are not just moral lessons that teach the consequences or benefits of behavior.
2. flexible – We don’t dictate the program; we provide resources for churches because we know that the methods of one region or environment do not always work for another.
3. “evang-isciple” – We endeavor to offer a balanced blend of evangelism and discipleship tools. The goal is to help churches carry out the Great Commission.
4. inexpensive – We are missionaries with the purpose of growing churches, not making money.
5. simple staffing – Churches choose how to organize and use the material with the number of people available.
For more information, please contact Chip or Karen Wood at email@example.com, or call the home office at 440.748.1677.