Marlon, Linda, and Laminda Miller are the Abundant Laughter ministry team based out of Abundant Life UPC of Gladewater and Calvary Christian Tabernacle of Longview and have been evangelizing for more than 10 years.
Marlon, a licensed minister of the United Pentecostal Church International, presents the Gospel with object lessons, clowning, and music. Marlon has taught Sunday School at Gladewater for a number of years primarily in the preteen and elementary ages classes. Marlon teaches classes on using illusions as object lessons, clowning in ministry, and finding your inspiration to minister.
Linda is a puppeteer and the team organizer. She has taught Sunday School in Gladewater for a number of years with a primary focus on the kindergarten class. Linda is a graduate of the Texas Bible College Excell program. Linda is the teams organizer and puppetry and props manager. She teaches classes on lighting and props for puppetry.
Laminda is the team worship and praise leader. She is a ventriloquist, puppeteer, and an accomplished artist. Laminda currently teaches a kindergarten Sunday school class in Longview. Laminda uses various characters to present lessons in a humorous and engaging way. She also uses inspirational painting set to music. Laminda, now a graduate of University of Texas Tyler, with a degree in fine arts, is an adjunct lecturer at Texas Bible College in the Christian Education Program. She is also currently seeking her Masters degree at Stephen F. Austin in Nacadoches. Laminda teaches ventriloquism, puppet character building, and art
My family and I have been involved in childrens ministry for nearly 5 years haveing held crusades all over the state of North Dakota as well as childrens camp meetings. We use a couple of different characters such as JJ the clown and JJ the “nerd”. We incorporate illustrative preaching, skits, story telling and gospel illusion and puppets to bring children to a place of repentence and fellowship with the Holy Ghost. With a background in adult education combined with childrens ministry I also share a burdon and passion to teach sunday school teacher and children worker seminars.
We are highly passionate about working with kids of all ages! Our entire life revolves around working with students. David is madly in love with “Dr. Wife” Bobbi Ph.D. who shares his love for students and ministry. Dr. Morehead is the Superintendent of Covert Public Schools in Covert, Michigan. David is the promotions director for Michigan District Kidz and is a full-time evangelist traveling extensively doing camps, workshops, VBS and revival services.
Children’s Evangelist “EXTRAORDINAIRE” Rev. Mark Hopper has been the constant mentoring presence in the Morehead’s ministry.
Bro. David Morehead is a gifted communicator, motivator and preacher. He has a unique way of connecting to adults, youth and children all at the same time. He has traveled extensively the past 12 years training, teaching and preaching. Bro. Morehead preaches with anointing, teaches with enthusiasm and revival is his passion. – Our Pastor, Rev. Mark Hopper, The Potter’s House Church, Battle Creek, Michigan.
Rev. David Morehead has been in children’s and youth ministry for 12 years with passion and energy that could only come from God. Bro. Morehead focuses on high-energy worship songs, interactive crafts with biblical applications, and unforgettable portrayals of the Word of God. His ministry to children is anointed and gifted. His props and methods are innovative and effective. The results are apparent as children weep in the presence of God during altar service. You will do your district or local assembly a favor by having Bro. Morehead. – Rev. Derek Ellison, Atlantic District Children’s Secretary
The Morehead’s teach new and experienced teachers exciting topics such as:
1) COLLABORATION – the goal of a classroom is for everyone to be learning together.
2) POSITIVE RAPPORT – A smile and a handshake can go a long way.
3) CLASSROOM PROCEDURES – Finding consistent methods that work for you.
4) HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS – We believe ALL CHILDREN can succeed.
5) HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR SELF – We believe ALL TEACHERS can succeed.
6) LEADERSHIP FOR CHILDREN – Ways to involve children in leadership roles in your class.
7) ROLE MODELING – We role model an actual kids service and train teachers how to facilitate each piece with their children.
This ministry is twofold. 1) To win children to the Lord with the Acts 2:38 New Birth message, and 2) to train children to win their friends to the Lord by teaching Bible studies, discipleship courses, and being a true friend. Bro. Shannon Peacock uses humor, songs and illustrated sermons to bring the Gospel to the children.
Rev. and Mrs. Dennis Ploch has been involved in Children’s Ministry for 40+ years. Bro. Ploch plays a bumbling church handyman by the name of Bro. Goober! Bro. Goober has been a part of the Ploch’s ministry from the beginning. Although, Bro. Goober is not the sharpest tool in the shed, he has a pure heart and brings humor in his illustrated sermons, motion songs, object lessons and effectibles (special effects/parables.) Bro. Goober’s captivating antics draw the children’s attention and help them receive the Bible message in a practical way. Go to YouTube.com and search for Goober Stairs and this will give you an idea of one of Bro. Goober antics! In their ministry they have seen many children, teens and adults receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Bro. and Sis. Ploch has minister in 43 states, 4 foreign countries, 4 American Native Reservations at District Jr. Camps, Revivals and Teacher’s Training. Presently Bro. Ploch is Children’s Pastor at The Pentecostal Church in Memphis, TN pastored by Rev. Bill Parkey. He is an Ambassador with Ronald McDonald House and with St. Jude Hospital as an on call minister. He is also serving the Tennessee District as Sunday School Secretary and helps coordinate the TN District Teacher Training Program “IGINITE.” Bro. Ploch, Sis. Ploch and Bro. Goober are available for Camps, Revivals, and Children’s Ministry Training on a part time basis.