Our Ministry Philosophy

Our NextGen team of ministers is here to encourage, support, and help facilitate the spiritual formation of children.  We believe that God intends to use parents, grandparents, and other influential adults to teach children primarily in the home.  While children are invited to attend age-specific Bible teaching in the church setting on Sundays and Wednesdays, our goal is to help parents feel equipped and resourced to "impress these things" on the hearts and minds of their kids everyday of the week.

Our basic beliefs include:

  • Jesus is our only source of forgiveness for sin - we want kids to know and understand this
  • The Bible is God's voice and message - we want kids to value this
  • The home is the primary tool God uses to teach spiritual truths - we want to support this
  • Kids learn to worship by watching others - we want to provide opportunities for this

Find Your Place

There are many ways for you to serve in the Preschool and Children Ministries at Columbus Avenue!  If you have a heart for children and desire to point them to Jesus, we have a place for you.  For the safety of our children and ministry, we require all volunteers to go through a screening process prior to working with our children.  Please fill out these forms and return them to the Preschool & Children's Ministry Office as soon as possible.

Child/Youth Protection Policy
Ministry and Volunteer Application
6 Month Waiver
*6 month waiver is only for volunteers who have been a member for less than 6 months

Event Forms

Medical Release Form
Event Scholarship Application
*for any event in which a child would potentially not be able to attend due to financial concerns

Contact Us

Children Ministry                                                                         
1300 Columbus Avenue
Waco, Tx 76701
Church Office: (254)-752-1655 ext. 9107
Email: shelley.cadmus@cabcwaco.org
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Shelley Cadmus
Minister to Children

My husband of 25 years and I have called Waco home since 2015 after growing up in the DFW area as well as spending 2 years serving the people of Honduras.  We have recently become "empty nesters" as our youngest begins her Freshman year of college.  I can't imagine a job better than mine - for over 20 years, I have loved children and their families, I love the church, and I love seeing it all work together to further the Kingdom both near and far.  Fighting for the hearts and minds of kids is my privilege and joy.

254-752-1655 ext. 9107  





Kari Behm
Preschool & Children's Ministry Assistant

Hi! My name is Kari Behm and it is a blessing for me to be able to serve the families at Columbus Avenue. I grew up in Greenville, Texas, until moving to Waco in 1994 after I married my husband, Greg. We have three terrific sons, Blake, Andrew, Matthew, and three beautiful grandchildren, Chloie, Travis, & Oliver.  In my spare time I enjoy reading books, watching movies and spending time with my children & grandchildren.

254/752-1655 ext. 9134





Adriane Willis
Children's Associate

I’m Adriane Willis, and I’m blessed to serve as the Children’s Associate.  My husband, Bryan, and I started attending CABC in 2004.  I’ve been active in the Children’s Ministry for many years helping with GA’s, VBS, and many other activities.  Outside of church I enjoy photography, cooking, volunteering at my daughters’ schools, shopping on the internet, and perusing Facebook. :)  I’m proud to hold the title of “MOM” to Kathryn and Claire.  I have a passion for working with children, and I’m blessed to be able to join them on their spiritual journey.