Awana Mid-Atlantic

What Do Awana Missionaries Do?

Awana believes in providing the highest quality church care. We send missionaries to make in-person contact with every church interested in starting Awana. But it doesn't end there. Missionaries are your partners in ministry for the duration.

Helping Pastors Start Awana

Your missionary will meet with you to explain the Awana ministry, answer any questions and train your leaders. If you need help at any time, contact your Awana missionary.

Equipping Awana Leaders

Awana missionaries and their ministry teams support you in every aspect of your ministry – from evangelism and discipleship to administration and volunteer recruitment. Each fall, your missionary hosts a ministry conference to train your Awana leaders in the newest techniques.

Coordinating Outreach Events

Awana special events draw kids and their parents to Christ, resulting in new families joining your church. Your missionary helps organize outreaches such as AwanaGames™, Bible Quizzing, Summit, Sparks-a-Rama and Awana Grand Prix™.

Teaching Parents to Lead Their Children

The Awana at Home® ministry builds bridges to the families in your community. It shows you how to train parents to spiritually lead their children.

Mid-Atlantic Missionaries

Ministry Description Area Served
Ken & Eileen Lorow

Our Prayer

We all know that children pick up things from their parents, some good and some bad. One of the good things that I picked up from my parents was a love for children & youth ministry. It was also through my parents that I picked up a love for the Awana ministry. God has seen fit to place a burden in our heart to serve as Awana missionaries in the Mid-Atlantic area. It is our prayer that God would use us to come alongside churches and parents helping children more

Central Atlantic State Directors
Bill Bianco

The Ministry

Hi! I am Bill Bianco. I have been an Awana Missionary since 2004 where I serve on the Central Atlantic Missionary team, specifically in the Greater Maryland region which is Central/Southern Maryland, the Maryland panhandle and Washington DC.

I was formerly married to my wife Judi for 31 years before she went to be with the Savior in September of 2016 after a two year battle with Ovarian Cancer. I have two adult sons Nic and Noah.  I was born and raised more

Maryland, D.C.
Marcy Comstock

My Calling

Awana has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I started in Sparks and completed JV & Varsity while serving as an LIT. After college, God allowed me the blessing of serving as Commander at my church for 12 years before becoming a part of the Mid-Atlantic Ministry Team and then being called as a Missionary.  My heart and passion is to reach children and youth with the Gospel in my home area of Eastern Virgina. There is no more

Eastern Virginia
Neal & Karole Dillard

Our Heart

Hi!   We are Neal and Karole Dillard.   We have been married for over 37 years have two grown children, both married and two grandchildren so far.  We have just been appointed missionaries in October 2014.  
Instead of kicking back after one career we’re ready to kick into gear the next adventure God has put on our hearts.   Serving in Awana for 20 years has confirmed that investing time and energy into God’ more
Shenandoah Valley
Chris & Sandy Mikesh

Our Excitement

Serving in our church for over 25 years in Children’s, Adult, and Welcoming Ministries as we raised 4 daughters was great training ground for the calling Jesus placed on our hearts.  Awana has been a huge part of our serving experience as Leaders, Awana Ministry Team, and Directors for T&T.

After Commander College 301, more

Eastern Maryland
Wally & Wendy Shields

Our Ministry

Possibly one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, our area comprises the 35 counties that we call Central and Southwest Virginia, or simply "home".  It is here that we have been serving in Awana for over 25 years.
Wendy is originally from Illinois, where she grew up in Awana as the daughter of an Awana Missionary.  A true California surfer, Wally began working in Awana as a freshman in college. more
Southwest Virginia