|Yinka Gardiner, Youth Director
Yinka Gardiner serves as the Youth Director at Clifton Park Baptist Church. She met Jesus at the early age of 8, while sitting in on the praise and Bible study that was led by her mom in their home in Silver Spring, Md. She would go on to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and get baptized two years later. She grew up at Clifton Park Baptist Church attending Vacation Bible School, singing in the children and youth choir, and building relationships in the youth group.
It was in her freshman year in college that she truly began to invest her time into having a meaningful relationship with Jesus, attending Bible study on campus with her basketball teammate and dearest friend. It was during those worship experiences that she was challenged to deepen her commitment to Jesus and her expression of faith. Yinka rededicated her life to Christ during sophomore year and her passion and desires have been reshaped by Him ever since.
Since 2002, Yinka has enjoyed serving God’s people in youth ministry, sports and recreation ministry and the Diaconate. God called her to preach in 2012 and to full-time ministry as Youth Director in 2016. Yinka has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a master’s degree from New York University. She also attended Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and is currently a student at Capital Bible Seminary in Greenbelt, MD as a M.Div. candidate in Leadership.
Yinka is married to Reginald Gardiner II and they enjoy God’s blessing of two girls, Folasade and Folakemi.