Meet Jana Magruder

professional photoJana Magruder is our new Director of Kid's Ministry Publishing at LifeWay. She officially joined us on March 1, 2013. We are so happy that she is with us and wanted you to get an opportunity to welcome her, too.

Jana brings a wealth of passion, education, and experience to ministry with kids, their leaders, and parents, including curriculum writing, development, and publishing.

Jana “grew up in ministry” and accepted Christ at Vacation Bible School, which holds a special place in her heart.  She says, “As a minister’s daughter, my family was always at the church, and I had numerous opportunities to participate and serve in a variety of ministries throughout my childhood, youth, and college years.  It was as though I was an apprentice being trained under my parents—my ultimate discipleship leaders.  Their leadership has given me a passion for parent discipleship in children’s ministry.”

She graduated from Baylor with a B.S. and did graduate work in curriculum and instruction at The University of Texas, Tyler.

Jana's experience includes growing up in ministry at Green Acres Baptist in Tyler, Texas; serving in a variety of roles at Green Acres Camp ministry; working summer missions in Central America—including Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala—where she led backyard Bible clubs, teen Bible studies, and adult workshops; serving as director of Faith Lutheran Day Camp in Austin, Texas; teaching fourth grade for five years; working four years as the education program developer at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum; writing independent curriculum for six years; and recently serving as the director of children’s ministry at Austin Stone Community Church, West Campus, in Austin, Texas.

During these years, Jana has written award-winning curriculum for kids, developed educational content and programming for museum exhibits, led VBS for more than 300 children, recruited and trained volunteers, written resources for kids and their parents, been named as 2001 Teacher of the Year at Dessau Elementary, and appeared on HGTV’s "Buying and Selling" with the Property Brothers.

Most importantly, Jana and her husband Michael have three children of their own—Morgan Grace (age 10), Jason (age 7), and Nicholas (age 5), which keeps her busy carpooling, frequenting the soccer field, and organizing play dates. In her own words, Jana says of all this: “It has been God’s timeline to lead me into using the gifts He has blessed me with for His kingdom. His fingerprint marks are all over my career, ultimately pointing the way to full-time children’s ministry.”



  1. says

    Welcome to the team. Please remember the ones who minister to older children (5+6 grades). I teach music year around to k-6 grades. I find most of what is offered for plays and VBS is for 4 grade and under. This leaves a void for those older kids who need to be challenged in worship. Also, 2013 VBS hand motions for these ages appears more like a cheerleaders dance than worship. I am significantly modifying each song. This allows for more worship with sign language and less arm work resembling a cheer. I am encouraged to know that you have children in these age groups. Do your boys like to do cheer songs for Sunday worship and Vbs? In my area, I can't keep the boys attention. During VBS, my music classes are 60 plus strong. Without strong material, keeping the attention of 60-80 fifth and sixth graders can be a tall task. Thanks for the help. Ms. Dee HCBC/30705

  2. joyce joseph says

    Hello to you Jana.

    I am very active in VBS at my church. I love it!! I always write the skits for each night to be acted out to reinforce the bible story. The sanctuary is decorated to the max according to the theme and we put on the production there.

    I will be glad to share the skits I have written with you and to anyone who will use them to help the kids learn about Jesus. They seem to be very effective and everyone seems to love them. It helps to involve the youth and adults as they are the characters in the dramas. Just let me know if you would like to see them.

    Thank you. Joyce Joseph

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