“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
Thaddeus J. Coiner
Hello my name is Thaddeus J. Coiner and I’ve been attending The First Baptist Church Of Greater Cleveland since 2012. I look forward to graduating soon from Cleveland Heights High School but I’m very disappointed in how it ended. I will forever cherish some of the great memories in high school. Thus far, I’ve been accepted to Cleveland State University. First Baptist has always treated me and my family well throughout my teenage years. I am very glad there is diversity within the church as well. People from different backgrounds and ethnic groups attend First Baptist which makes everyone feel welcome. I miss being inside the church and greeting others but we must continue social distancing which is important for our health at the time being.
Skyler Hurle is a graduate of the Shaker Heights class of 2020. Throughout high school she has maintained a high GPA while playing soccer. She was on the varsity soccer team for three years. Next year Skyler will be attending Saint Louis University to pursue her Nursing degree. She is excited about this new phase of life! Skyler has been playing soccer since the age of four. She’s enjoyed almost every minute of it. It has taught her patience, communication, and leadership. She has helped coach kids for the past few years and she has also officiated soccer for 5 years. She loves being able to continue her love for soccer while teaching others how to play. These past five years at FBC, Skyler has made many connections. From getting babysitting jobs or helping with children’s plays, serving others through East Side Ministry, meeting so many mentors after church services, and creating lifelong friendships through youth ministry. She has shown her dedication to Jesus by being baptized at FBC. She loves God and loves being around others who love Him just as much.
I am Tobili Hatcher and graduating from Case Western Reserve University (BA in International Studies, Marketing Management; minors in Business Management and Spanish). Studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea junior year at Yonsei University – studied Global Business and Korean language. I will be attending Cleveland State University to pursue my MBA starting this summer. I am a former exec member of the Korean Student Association, an active member of the Korean American Student Association, Black Student Union, Staff Reporter and Columnist for The Observer (staff page), various volunteering positions around campus. I grew up in FBC and I’ve been attending since I was very young. I’ve done multiple children’s shows, Faith In Actions, and have been in the Christmas pageant every year since I was 5. Since I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to volunteer more and get involved with the children’s education ministry as a Sunday school teacher for both the toddlers and small children. Over the past few years, I’ve also been able to volunteer with the Vacation Bible School, and that’s been another fun way to stay connected with the church during the summer when I’m home from school. FBC has been like a home away from home and has provided me with a strong foundation. FBC has allowed me to grow and explore new areas of interest, such as teaching, which has impacted and inspired me to teach at my other church (KCPC) and the Aspire Program in 2018.
Rachael Ankenbrandt is a senior at Beaumont School where she has been on the Swim team for 4 years. She has also participated in the Rowing club for 1 year. She is going to the University of Toledo with a Biology major with a focus in Zoology. Rachael has been an usher for First Baptist Church’s 2nd Service and an East Side Ministry Assistant for almost 6 years.
Jordan Stevens is a senior at St. Edward High School. Throughout his time at St. Edward, he has maintained a good GPA, participated in service, and was a four-year varsity baseball starter. Next year, he will be continuing his athletic and academic career at Kent State University which he committed to after his freshman year. In the community, Jordan has been able to participate in lots of services through St. Edward. Mainly Labre, which is service to the homeless every Thursday night. Also, he participated in Diversity Club, and led a weeklong effort to bring awareness to bullying, he was also a speaker in the Black History Month and MLK Jr. assemblies. Jordan has been at FBC since he was a kid, and he remembers his time there from an early age. He has participated in the East Side Ministry and helped out with food drives. Jordan was baptized 10 years ago. He loves Jesus and knows Jesus loves him. He knows Jesus walks with him every day.