Welcome to the 2018 Caring Presence Program course at the Oates Institute. Please take a moment to introduce yourself to your fellow course mates. Tell us who you are, where you are from, what role you play in your organization and perhaps why you’re taking the course/what you hope to get out of it.
Hello! My name is Toph Whisnant, and I am the Community Pastor at University Baptist Church in Waco, TX. I grew up a preacher’s kid in East Tennessee, and my dad was the Minister of Education and Outreach at my home church for 33.5years. I come from a long line of pastors: grandad, dad, uncle, and my older brother. My two main roles at UBC are to be the primary pastoral care person for our college students, and to help the congregation engage locally and internationally in strategic partnerships. I have been working in ministry for over 15 years in various ways, and I have been married to my wife Melissa for 10years. I look forward to getting to know you all through the course of this training.