Children's Program - Diving Deeper

Columbus Children’s Program (ages 4–12)

Diving Deeper

The word "love" is mentioned over 200 times in the Bible. We are commanded to love, but what does it look like? Why is love so difficult for us as children and adults? Loving our neighbor stems out of our love for God. Jesus taught that the two greatest commandments are to love God and love others. Come dive deeper with us as we behold the Father’s love and learn how to display that love daily.

Be sure to register your children for Diving Deeper, this year’s special program for kids. Mark 12:30-31 teaches that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Living out our love for God and others gives us daily opportunities to share the One who first loved us: Jesus.
At Teach Them Diligently Columbus, we desire for your children to make new friends and learn about Jesus in a safe, welcoming, and fun environment. We are excited to have a large group of adults and college students returning this year to work with the children at TTD. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your children!
Cost is $50 per child* ( includes a t-shirt )Register Today

* Multi-Program Discount Available

Register for 3 or more children's program add-ons at the same event and get $10 off each add-on.

Questions & Answers - Columbus Children's Program

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When does the Columbus Children’s Program run?
The Children’s Program runs Friday and Saturday from 9:00 until 6:00 with a break for lunch. Times may vary slightly depending on location. On Thursday, children will attend sessions with their families.
Should my children bring lunch/snack/drink to the program with them?
No. Because of severe allergy issues, Teach Them Diligently staff members are NOT permitted to administer snacks to children. Therefore, NO FOOD is permitted in the Children’s Program area. If for any reason a child needs to eat at a time other than the scheduled meal breaks, the guardian must return to the Children’s Program area to give them the snacks (outside of the program area.) Children are taken for water breaks during the program.
Do my children eat lunch in the Children’s Program?
No. Children will be picked up from the program, eat lunch with their families, and get dropped off again during the drop-off times. This lunch break is a little over an hour.
When are the drop-off/pick up times?
If a child is signed up for the Children’s Program, an e-mail will be sent out prior to the event giving parents this information. Generally, drop-off begins 15 minutes before the program begins.
What do children do in the Columbus Children’s Program?

After a child is dropped off, he/she is placed in a small group with other children in his/her grade level. They are with this group the entire time, both days. This enables a child to get to know their leader during TTD and make new friends inside the small group.

Within their grade-level groups they will play games, work on verses, listen to Bible teaching time, and sing together. The grade groups will also meet together in a large group (1st-6th) for skits, songs, Bible teaching time, and large-group games.

Can my children be in the same groups together?
Children are placed in groups by grade. This is done because the games played, lessons taught, etc. are age appropriate. Parents are welcome to ask at Children’s Program Check-In about putting their children together, but TTD staff will NOT put a younger child in an older child’s group. The older child MUST go to the younger child’s group.
What are the ages for the Children’s Program in Columbus, OH?

Children allowed to attend the Children’s Program are between the ages of 4 and 12 (grades K4-6th.) ALL children attending the children’s program must be fully potty-trained.

The 4-12 Teen Program is available for children ages 12 and up. You can view information for our Teen Program here.

What measures are taken to make the Children’s Program secure and safe?

The TTD Children’s Program uses a check-in system. Every child MUST be checked in upon arrival and checked out again before leaving the program area. This helps provide safety and peace of mind.

Children and their guardians wear matching wristbands.

Every person over 18 who works in our program has been background checked prior to each years events.

Can children attend more than one program during the Columbus Homeschool Convention?

Yes! If you have paid for a child to be enrolled in more than one program, you will simply check that child out of the Children’s Program for that time period and check them back in once the other program is done.

Please be aware that each program has its own registration and cost. One single registration does not give access to all programs.

What do I do with my child on Thursday since there is no children’s program?

They will attend sessions with you. Here is a great blog post with ideas of things to do with your children on Thursday (or anytime during the event.) Read this helpful article.

Children's Program Leadership

Nathan Crockett

Dr. Nathan Crockett is the Director of Ministry Training at Bob Jones University. He is also the owner of CrockettDoodles.com, a network of family raised puppies. Nathan has served as a youth pastor, interim senior pastor, and currently serves college students at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. He regularly preaches at churches, teen camps, children’s venues, and student leadership conferences.

Nathan loves the opportunity to bring dozens of BJU students to oversee the children’s programs at TTD conferences. Nathan and his wife Abigail have five young children. They also have three dogs and love the outdoors.

Jack Ramler

Jack Ramler serves as a Special Assistant for Recruitment at BJU. He currently works for the Executive Vice President for Enrollment and Ministerial Advancement, planning conferences and trips as well as providing support for executive initiatives. He graduated from BJU in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible, and he is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies.

Since BJU started to facilitate the Children’s Program, Jack has been to all but one conference. He began as a helper in the 4-year-old group and has continued to serve the children ever since. In his new role in the Children’s Program, Jack supervises the counselors and directs the main sessions—leading songs, playing games, and teaching scriptural lessons. Jack currently serves in his local church as an elementary school Sunday School teacher, taking difficult doctrine and making it accessible.

When not in the office or classroom, Jack loves reading literature and watching movies with his fiancé (and wife in December, 2018), Lindsay. He is eagerly waiting for how God will prepare him for a life of ministry, and he can’t wait for the next Teach Them Diligently Children’s Program to begin.

Noah Kephart

Noah Kephart has served as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Corry, PA since July, 2018. Before moving to Pennsylvania he traveled as an Admissions Representative for Faith Baptist Bible College. He also led various short term mission trips while he was at Faith. He is a frequent speaker at various camps and Student Leadership Conferences around the country. Noah and his wife Nikki were married in October of 2015. Noah holds a undergraduate degree from Faith Baptist Bible College. He loves basketball, traveling overseas, and loves to read.

Children's Program Team

Thomas Cardona - Children's Program

Thomas Cardona

Thomas Cardona is a Senior student at Bob Jones University studying Christian Ministry with an emphasis in youth ministry. He has had a passion for discipling and ministering to youth since he was in high school, and has been actively involved with young people ever since. He has worked at camps teaching, counseling, discipling, and teaching guitar. This past summer, Thomas worked at a church in Pennsylvania and built a youth program from the ground up including starting and teaching a teen Sunday school and youth group.

Since BJU began to facilitate the Children’s Program, Thomas has been to every conference. He first started working as a counselor with the 1st and 2nd grade, and has worked with all age groups except K4 and K5. He currently serves as the team lead for the 3rd and 4th grade and plays his guitar for the general sessions.

Thomas has a wide range of things that he enjoys including music, the outdoors, sports, art, history, astronomy, and spending time with friends and family. Upon graduation, he is excited to see where God will lead him, and hopes to make a great impact for Christ and His kingdom.

Rebekah Mierta - Children's Program

Rebekah Mierta

Rebekah Mierta currently works at a marketing firm in Greenville, SC. She graduated from BJU in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Since BJU started to facilitate the Children’s Program, Rebekah has been to all but two conferences. She began as a helper in the 4th grade group and has continued to serve the children ever since.

When not working, Rebekah enjoys hanging out with friends and learning new musical instruments. She can’t wait for the next Teach Them Diligently Children’s Program to begin.

Sarah Seeley - Children's Program

Sarah Seeley

Sarah Seeley is  currently a college senior finishing her bachelors degree in Elementary Education at BJU. Over the summer she was able to intern for Chick-fil-A where she learned marketing and operations. During the school year she works at the Center for Leadership Development at BJU.

Since BJU started to facilitate the Children’s Program, Sarah has been to every conference. She began as a small group leader in the 3rd and 4th grade group and has continued to serve ever since. Currently Sarah runs the registration and check-in for the Children’s Program.

When not at school, Sarah loves to spend time with her family  at Lake Winnipesaukee boating, waterskiing, and swimming. She is thrilled to serve in the Children’s Program for another year!

Micaiah Wartak - Children's Program

Micaiah Wartak

Micaiah Wartak is a professional arborist by trade and lives in Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated in 2018 with a BA in Bible from Bob Jones University. He is a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church where he serves in multiple venues.

Micaiah has been working in the kids program at Teach Them Diligently Conferences since 2016. He started helping with the 1st/2nd grade and now leads the K4/K5 children’s program (leading the games, Bible lessons, and singing). He enjoys working with kids and the opportunities to work along side peers in this program.

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