Our Ministry Philosophy

We believe Student Ministry is for belongingto God and to each other!  Our goal is to partner with parents and caregivers to nurture the faith of our young people (7th-12th graders). If we could hope one thing for the students in this ministry, we would hope that they grow in their ability to recognize God in the everyday and ordinary moments of their lives. Together, we will work to grow in discipleship, community, and prayer!

Meet our Student Ministry Staff


Cecily McIlwain
Interim Youth Director

Cecily has served at CABC as the Girl's Youth Ministry Associate for two years and Director of Childen's Ministries for one and half years before stepping into her current role.  She graduated with a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Tx in 2019 and with a MDiv. from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, TX in 2022.  Cecily has ministered to young people for the past seven years and hopes to continue serving the local church in family ministries for years to come!  She enjoys spending time at Cameron park, reading, folk music, prayer practices, anything to do with Elivs, and googly eyes!




Kari Behm
Family Avenue Ministry Assistant

Kari Behm has been a member of Columbus Avenue since 2008 and joined the Columbus Avenue staff in 2013.  She grew up in Greenville, Texas, and moved to Waco in 1994 after she married her husband, Greg Behm.  They have three children and three grandchildren.  Kari enjoys listening to audiobooks, watching movies and spending time with her family.

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