Rev Bart Teel

Bart TeelAfter serving as a lay ministry leader for many years, Bart joined the FBCW ministerial team in January 2011 to serve full time as Minister to Students and Coordinator of Evangelism and Outreach Ministries. Bart and his wife, Denise, are both Wetumpka natives and graduates of Wetumpka High School as well as Samford University. Denise is active in ministry at FBCW, assisting in ministry to teens with Bart as well as serving as an AWANA handbook leader, a nursery and preschool volunteer, and as a member of the adult worship choir. The Teels have been blessed with four children -- Tori, a student at Auburn University; Karen, a student at Samford University; Sam, a student at Wetumpka High; and Jay, a student at Wetumpka Middle School. The Teel family has been a part of the FBCW family since 1993.

In addition to a B.S. in Education from Samford University, Bart has also earned graduate degrees and teaching and leadership certifications from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and Auburn University in Montgomery. Bart has been blessed to minister to students and their families since 1987, serving in various roles including Christian rec. & fitness asst., physical education teacher, coach of boys and girls varsity and junior varsity athletic teams, Asst. Principal, and as a Principal in schools and churches in Birmingham and Wetumpka, AL.

Bart still enjoys being an active supporter of youth recreational sports and middle school and high school athletics in the Wetumpka community, serving as a volunteer coach in the Wetumpka Youth Baseball League and as the P.A. announcer for WHS Football. He also serves with a team of local student ministers to help lead the WHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Favorite music? “Worship and praise tunes, Christian rap, and Christian rock.” Favorite music group? “Several really - most all of the guys in 116 Clique (Lecrae, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo, etc.), Crowder, Third Day, Passion Worship Group (Tomlin, Stanfill, Nockels, etc.), Peter Furler, . . . oh well, the list goes on.” Favorite book? “Word of God. Seriously - I love the Bible.” What are you currently reading? “Several books by Dave Clarke, Jesus Is ____? by Judah Smith.” Favorite drink? “Peach Mello Yellow Zero, water, and coffee.” Favorite Coffee? “Café Regional (Blend or Coban) from Guatemala!”

What’s your passion in ministry -- what really makes your heart sing? “There’s nothing greater than seeing individuals and families grow more and more devoted to Jesus Christ -- committing all that they have and all that they are to Him, and then seeing and hearing from them how God fills their lives with love, joy, purpose, and hope regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves. It’s an incredible privilege and blessing to walk alongside individuals through both the indescribable highs and darkest lows of life and see God use every single bit of it all for each person’s very best and for His ultimate glory! Devoted. It’s my personal goal and the heartbeat of our Student Ministry -- to see every student grow more and more devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ.”