As summer comes to an end and a new season of church programming for our children begins, we are delighted to announce we have hired a new Minister to Children. After a prayerful search and some phenomenal interviews, the Children Minister Search Committee has offered the position to Rev. Bridget Kokolis, and she has accepted. Bridget currently serves as Minister to Families at Augusta Road Baptist Church here in Greenville. She will begin her work at First Baptist on September 26. Bridget’s ministry will include children—birth to 5th grade—and their families.

Bridget is an ordained minister. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of South Carolina and her Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She is married to Michael Kokolis, and they have one child, Michael Jr.
I contacted the Senior Minister of Augusta Road Baptist to ‘apologize’ for hiring one of their staff. He was gracious and offered the following words, “First Baptist is gaining the best minister possible for this position. The entire staff, indeed, the entire congregation will be better because Bridget is among them.”

We look forward to welcoming Bridget to First Baptist in late September. Keep her, her family, and our brothers and sisters at Augusta Road Baptist in your prayers as she makes her transition.


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