Gavin and Michaela stepped into the role of Youth Pastors at Whittington in August 2018. They have been married since June of 2016 and welcomed their first daughter, Norah Ruth in May of 2018. They also have a puppy named Murray.
Gavin grew up in Ewing and attended Benton High School. He was involved in football and led Fellowship of Christian Students throughout his time there. He then went on to Murray State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Graphics and Design. Through a series of events, God has called him to use a different skill set and work at Country Financial in West Frankfort. He has since learned that Country Financial was a stepping stone for him, as he is now the Drafting and Woodshop Teacher at Benton High School. Gavin enjoys working on their new home, being with family, woodworking and building LEGOs. A lot of LEGOs.
At Murray State, Gavin met a red-headed Kentucky girl named Michaela Jarvis. They began dating in the summer of 2014 before he asked her to marry him in September of 2015. Obviously, she said yes!
Michaela grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky and attended Daviess County High School. She played volleyball all 4 years and was involved in all the musicals. She, too, went on to Murray State and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She worked as a case manager for adults with severe mental illness before becoming a full-time mommy in May of this year. Michaela also works at Benton High School as the 21st Century Learning Tutor before and after school. She enjoys being with Norah, playing piano, hand lettering art, and saying “all y’all.”
Both Gavin and Michaela have a heart for working with students and are so excited to be involved. Gavin has interned with the youth at Immanuel and Michaela has worked summer camp teaching Bible study for middle and high school students.
"I run on a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus!"
"I'm going to work to deserve the title my students have bestowed on me -- Mr. Pastor Teacher Gavin Suver Sir!"
I joined the Whittington Church staff in June 2008 after having taught 4th grade for seven years in Carbondale. I have my Bachelors and Masters from SIU in Curriculum and Instruction in Education. She also has an EdS (Education Specialist) degree in teacher leadership.
In 2015, I joined the staff at Ewing Grade School as the Science Teacher for 5th - 8th grades and Social Studies Teacher for 5th - 6th grades. I enjoy taking Women’s Self Defense and learning Jiu Jitsu and am a Wellness Advocate for doTerra Essential Oils.
I married Kevin in May 1999 and have two boys: Kaden and Kolten, and a stepson, Andrew.
We have classes and activities for youth of all ages on Sunday Mornings.
"I believe in surrounding myself with young people who can mentor the next generation! At Whittington, we have the BEST Children's Church Workers!"
"This group had a great time at Holiday World right before school started!"
We always need volunteers! If you feel God prompting you to work with the youth at our church, please contact Gavin or Michaela.
Our High School Youth Group (The Mix) meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm. Belong Jr High Youth Group and 412 Youth Group (for grades 1st - 6th) meet on Wednesday at 7:00pm.