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High School

Empowering students to be disciples of Christ in a loving, welcoming community.

Welcome to High School Ministry! We're committed to equipping young passionate servants of Jesus Christ, and we believe that developing lasting relationships with our high school students is the foundation to accomplish this goal. If you have a high school student, you know how important this developmental time in life can be. We want to partner with the parents of our students to help them enter the next chapter of their lives with a solid foundation in the Lord.

Come on out to our mid-week service on Wednesday Nights 6:30-8p or join us on Sunday Mornings at 9a or 11:11a. We are available for you anytime, so if you have any questions please contact us using the form below.

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Register here for our High School Ministry services! This registration is required to attend. If you have any questions, reach out to Tara!

Want to make a difference?

In High School Ministry, we are passionate about making disciple-makers. Our heart is to have Small Group Leaders come along side our students and do life with them. We aren't looking for teachers or problem fixers - we are looking for folks who are willing to ask questions, listen well, and love our students deeply. 

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High School Volunteer Application

  • In High School Ministry, we are passionate about making disciple-makers. Our heart is to have Small Group Leaders come along side these students and do life with them. We aren't looking for teachers or problem fixers - we are looking for folks who are willing to ask questions, listen well, and love these students deeply.

    Does that sound like you? Great!! Fill out the form below & we'll contact you shortly.
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  • Procedures

    It is required for all children's ministry volunteers to read and agree with the Grace Chapel policy and procedures.

    Primary Policy Essentials

    Every Volunteer and Staff member are responsible to adhere to all policies and procedures outlined in this document. However, listed below are the essential priorities that must be adhered to at all times. 1. No Child Left Alone. No child should ever be left alone and unsupervised, unless in a restroom or in a stall in a restroom. 2. Rule of Two: No Volunteer or staff member, whether an adult or a minor volunteer, shall ever be alone with a child for any reason. There must always be a second volunteer (unrelated to the first volunteer) or staff member present for accountability. One of the 2 volunteers or staff must be 18years or older 3. Releasing Children - Safety. No child shall be released from any class or activity to anyone who does not have the pick up tag with a code that matches the code on the child’s name tag. 4. Lifestyle Statement. All volunteers and staff members representing Grace Chapel must agree with and be bound by Grace Chapel’s Lifestyle Statement contained in this Policies and Procedures Manual. 5. Maintain Your Walk with Christ. All volunteers and staff must be investing in and diligently maintaining their own personal relationship with Christ.

    Grace Chapel Application & Screening Process

    We love children and desire to protect them so, Grace Chapel requires all staff members and volunteers working with children or students (and other vulnerable populations) to complete 4 SAFETY STEPS before ministry work or volunteer placements begin.
    STEP 1 - APPLICATION - Follow this link to fill out a volunteer application. 1. From home page, click Ministries Go to Children’s Ministry 2. Click on ministry you want to serve in (Preschool, Elementary, etc.) 3. Click Volunteer Application tab at the bottom As a part of this online application, you will be required to accept these policies and procedures before submitting your application. Please submit this application within 7 days.
    STEP 2 - BACKGROUND CHECK - Once you submit your application, you will receive an email from with a link to allow a background check.
    STEP 3 - CHILD SAFETY TRAINING – Following the background check submission, you will receive another email with a link from to watch our 30-minute child safety training video and take the 25 question quiz. Please contact Tammy Stanley at with any questions/problems concerning these links. (The video and quiz can also be completed on Sunday morning at Grace Chapel – email Tammy to arrange.)
    STEP 4 - SCHEDULE – One of our Children’s Ministry Directors will contact you to get you on the schedule to serve!

    Child Safety Policy

    Grace Chapel has a zero tolerance for abuse in ministry programs and ministry activities. It is the responsibility of every staff and volunteer at Grace Chapel to act in the best interest of all children in every program. In the event that staff or volunteers observe any inappropriate behaviors (i.e. policy violations, neglectful supervision, poor role-modeling, etc.), or suspected abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual), it is their responsibility to immediately report their observations to their immediate staff ministry Director, or the Children’s Pastor.
    Grace Chapel is committed to providing a safe, secure environment for children and their families. To this end, should you witness or suspect any inappropriate behaviors or should you suspect abuse, you must notify the Director of the ministry in which you serve and this information will be taken seriously. In accordance with this policy and state law, the ministry Director will notify the Children’s Pastor who will then take appropriate action, and if necessary, report to the appropriate legal agency. An element of the safe environment, referenced above, includes the fostering of a culture of reporting relevant information to the Children’s Pastor. Because sexual abusers “groom” children for abuse, it is possible a staff member or volunteer may witness behavior intended to “groom” a child for sexual abuse. Staff members and volunteers are asked to report “grooming” behavior, any policy violations, or any suspicious behaviors.
    Grace Chapel staff members and volunteers who supervise other staff members or volunteers are charged with the diligent enforcement of all Grace Chapel policies. Violations of these policies are grounds for immediate dismissal, disciplinary action, or reassignment from Children’s Ministry’s positions for both volunteers and staff members. Final decisions related to policy violations will be the responsibility of the Executive Pastor and the Board of Elders.

    Reporting Abuse or Suspicions of Abuse

    In order to maintain a safe environment for our children, Grace Chapel staff members and volunteers have an individual responsibility to report any questionable circumstance, observation, act, omission, or situation that is a violation of these policies. All questions or concerns related to inappropriate, suspicious, or suspected grooming behavior should be directed to an immediate staff Director in the ministry area or the Children’s Pastor.
    Any person accused of committing a prohibited act or any act considered by the church to be harmful to a child will be immediately suspended from participation in Children’s Ministries. This suspension will continue during any investigation by law enforcement or Child Protective agencies. Any person found to have committed a prohibited act should be prohibited from future participation as a staff member or volunteer in all activities and programming that involves children, students, or vulnerable populations at Grace Chapel. If the person is a staff member or employee, such conduct may also result in termination of employment from Grace Chapel. Failure to report a prohibited act to the designated person is a violation of this policy and grounds for termination of employment of a staff member or employee. Volunteers who fail to report a prohibited act may be restricted from participation in any activities involving children, students, or vulnerable populations at Grace Chapel.
    Staff members and volunteers at Grace Chapel are required to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect, or any inappropriate behavior of a colleague or co-worker, to the staff Director of the area or the Children’s Pastor. Tennessee state law requires that any person having cause to believe a child’s physical or mental health or welfare has been or may be adversely affected by abuse or neglect must make a report to the appropriate law enforcement agency. A staff member or volunteer may report to a staff ministry Director or the Children’s Pastor and allow supervisory personnel to make the appropriate report to law enforcement agencies.
    Staff members and volunteers are required to verbally report an incident to supervisory staff as soon as possible after the incident. After receiving a report from a staff member or volunteer in Children’s Ministries, the Children’s Pastor will speak with the person or volunteer to whom the child spoke in order to get detailed information about the entire conversation. The Executive Pastor will be notified as soon as reasonably possible. If appropriate, the Children’s Pastor or the Executive Pastor will inform the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (1-877-237-0004).
    Children’s Ministries staff members or volunteers are prohibited from being alone with an individual child in any room or building. At least two volunteers are required to stay with children until all have left class. In the unexpected event a staff member or volunteer finds himself/herself alone with a single child, please use the communication radio provided in each room to radio for immediate assistance. The Children’s Pastor will be responsible for ensuring that the children’s ministry classes are monitored during Sunday classes or programming. This will include unannounced monitoring of staff members, volunteers and children in children’s classrooms.
    No Child Left Alone: No child will ever be left unattended in the classroom or on the children’s playground during scheduled children’s ministry programming or classes. No Child Left Behind: After every programming event, Children’s Ministries staff members and volunteers must ensure every room and restroom is checked prior to leaving.
    No child will ever be left unattended on the children’s playground during scheduled children’s ministry programming or classes. On the children’s playground, staff members and volunteers are to circulate, watching children during play periods, giving particular attention to the areas which are not easily seen from all viewpoints. (Example:under slides,in corners,behind structures). Any two children together in an unseen or less easily viewed area should be redirected to another (more open) area of the playground.
    No child will be allowed to leave a classroom with any person who does not have a matching safety tag. There are NO exceptions! If a tag is lost, parent must show ID at open check-in kiosk to receive a new tag. In the event of conflict with parent, immediately seek assistance from a Director or Children’s Pastor.
    Grace Chapel is committed to providing adequate supervision in all Children’s Ministries programs. Accordingly, the following maximum worker to child ratios will be observed. If a worker is out of ratio it is his or her responsibility to immediately notify the program Director or the Children’s Pastor using the handheld radio in the classroom. Directors will make diligent efforts to find substitute workers to immediately bring the worker to children ratios into compliance with church policy.
    Program (workers/children) Under One Year: 2/6 One Year: 2/8 Preschool, 2 and 3 Years Old: 2/12 Preschool, 4 and 5 Years Old: 2/16 Elementary: 2/20
    It is Grace Chapel’s policy that staff members and volunteers are prohibited from using physical discipline in any manner for behavioral management of children. No form of physical discipline is acceptable. This prohibition includes spanking, slapping, pinching, hitting, or any other physical force as retaliation or correction for inappropriate behaviors by children. Children are to be disciplined using time-outs and other non-physical methods of behavior management. In employing this procedure, staff members and volunteers should observe the following guidelines: 1) Verbally redirect the child before physically intervening. With younger children some physical redirection may be necessary (for example, removing a toy from the hands of a child that is hitting another). 2) If the behavior does not cease, remove or direct the child away from the group to a corner of the room where the group is meeting (staying visible to other adults and children). 3) Provide the child with a simple, understandable reason for the time-out, and provide the child with clear explanation of your expectations. (“Jamie, you didn’t stop hitting Chris when I asked you to, so you need to sit quietly in the blue chair for three minutes.”) 4) In addition, be verbally reassuring, as being removed from the group will likely upset the child. Do not physically hold the child in time-out. 5) Provide the child with a chair to sit in or a “spot” to sit on (using a pillow, blanket, carpet square, etc.) until their time-out is complete. Follow the rule of thumb that a time-out is ineffective if it lasts longer than one minute for every year of the child’s life (3 years old, 3 minutes). 6) Monitor the child through the enter time-out without giving your undivided attention. For longer time-outs give intermittent praise to reassure the child and keep them on task. (“Jamie, you’re doing a great job of sitting quietly–just 2 more minutes.”) 7) Praise the child once he or she has completed the time-out and tell them that their reward is being able to rejoin the group. Remind them that repeating their initial behavior will result in further time-out. Follow this with praise. 8) For older elementary children, and where appropriate, personal disciplinary comments should be made male with male, and female with female (as much as possible). Uncontrollable or unusual behavior should be reported immediately to the ministry coordinator, parents, and/or the Children’s Pastor.


    Because nursery children may require complete assistance with their bathroom activities, all staff members and volunteers will observe the following policies: Diapering 1) Only female nursery workers (18 years or older) will undertake the diapering of children of either sex. This includes the fathers of the children (others walking by do not know that is the father of that child). 2) Changing of diapers should be done in plain sight of other nursery workers. 3) Children will never be left unattended on changing tables. 4) Any special instructions given by parents leaving children in nursery will be recorded on the sign-in clipboards (“Seth Adams has a medicine in the bag for rash.”) 5) Children should be re-diapered and re-clothed immediately upon the completion of changing their soiled diaper. 6) Children should be changed on changing stations only.
    Toilet training
    1) No child will be forced to toilet train. 2) Only female nursery workers (18 years or older) will participate in toilet training efforts with children of either sex. This includes fathers of the child also. 3) When children are taken into bathrooms the door will be left partially open and there MUST be at least two female volunteers (one 18 years or older) with the child at the bathroom (one to assist child if necessary and one to be there at the door). 4) Young children will never be left unattended in bathrooms. 5) Any special instructions given by parents leaving children in the nursery will be recorded on the sign-in clipboard (“Georgia can use the toilet, but she needs to be reminded – ask her if she needs to go.”). 6) Children should be assisted in straightening their clothing before returning to the room with other children. 7) “Accidents” should be handled by reassuring the child, and completing the changing of diapers or underwear and clothing.
    Preschool age and under must be accompanied by two female workers (one at least 18 years and not related to each other) only. The 18+ year old female is available to assist child, if needed, while the second female volunteer stands at the open bathroom or stall door as a witness. If using multi-stall bathrooms, all preschool age children must go to female restrooms only.
    Single stall Bathroom: 1) An unassisted child in the bathroom: One female must accompany to stand outside bathroom in open area to make sure child makes it back to classroom. Do not enter bathroom with child alone. 2) Assisted child in bathroom: Two female workers (one at least 18 years and not related to each other) will take child. The 18+ year old worker will give the minimum amount of assistance needed based upon their individual capabilities while second female volunteer stands with the door open and fully witnessing all interactions with child. Staff members and volunteers should never be alone with a child in the restroom. 3) If further assistance is needed, (i.e. sick child, child needs more assistance than originally thought, etc.), seek assistance (another adult) before entering the bathroom. Multi-stall bathroom use: 1) Unassisted child in bathroom: One female must accompany to stand outside bathroom in open area to make sure child makes it back to classroom. Do not enter bathroom with a Child alone. 2) Assisted Child in bathroom: Two female workers (one at least 18 years and not related to each other) will take child in to the bathroom. The 18+ year old worker will give the minimum amount of assistance needed based upon their individual capabilities while second female volunteer stands with the stall door open and fully witnessing all interactions with child. Staff members and volunteers should never be alone with a child in the restroom or stall. 3) Male Bathroom: Female volunteer to clear bathroom, then stand outside waiting on child. 4) If further assistance is needed, (i.e. sick child, child needs more assistance than originally thought, etc.), seek assistance before entering the bathroom with Two female workers (one at least 18 years and not related to each other).
    Parents will offer instruction to staff members or volunteers to change the diapers of special needs individuals. After the age of 4, parents or legal guardians will change all special needs individuals.
    Grace Chapel is committed to protecting children in its care. To this end, Grace Chapel has implemented a “physical contact policy‟ which promotes a positive, nurturing environment for our Children’s Ministries while protecting children. The following guidelines are to be carefully followed by anyone working in Children’s Ministries programs: 1. Hugging, pats on the back and other forms of appropriate physical affection between staff members or volunteers and children are important for children’s development, and are generally suitable in the church setting. 2. Inappropriate touching and inappropriate displays of affection are forbidden. Any inappropriate physical contact, touching or displays of affection should be immediately reported to an immediate staff ministry Director or the Children’s Pastor. 3. Physical contact should be for the benefit of the child, and never be based upon the emotional needs of a staff member or volunteer. 4. Physical contact and affection should be given only in observable places or when in the presence of other children or children’s staff members and volunteers. It is much less likely that touch will be inappropriate or misinterpreted when physical contact is open to observation. 5. Physical contact in any form should not give even the appearance of wrong-doing. The personal behavior of staff members or volunteers in Children’s Ministries must foster trust at all times. Personal conduct must be above reproach. 6. Do not force physical contact, touch or affection on a reluctant child. A child’s preference not to be touched must be respected. 7. Children’s staff members and volunteers are responsible for protecting children under their supervision from inappropriate or unwanted touch by others. 8. Do not allow children to stand between your legs. Go down to a child’s level to hug them. Avoid frontal hugs with older children; give only side hugs. 9. Any inappropriate behavior or suspected abuse by a staff member or volunteer must be reported immediately to a staff ministry Director or the Children’s Pastor.


    Verbal interactions between staff members or volunteers and children should be positive and uplifting. Grace Chapel staff members and volunteers should strive to keep verbal interactions encouraging, constructive, and mindful of their mission of aiding parents in the spiritual growth and development of children. To this end, staff members and volunteers should not talk to children in a way that is or could be construed by any reasonable observer as harsh, threatening, intimidating, shaming, derogatory, demeaning, or humiliating. In addition, staff members and volunteers are expected to refrain from swearing in the presence of children.
    Staff members and volunteers are prohibited from engaging in any sexually oriented conversations with children, and are not permitted to discuss any inappropriate or explicit information about their own personal relationships, dating or sexual activities with any child in the program.
    We recognize that we have a sacred obligation to provide a safe environment for all children and teens. Grace Chapel subscribes to these policies, adopted for the purpose of preventing an incident of child abuse toward any child/teen involved in any program or ministry of the church. We at Grace Chapel completely denounce all activity that involves children in sexual behaviors. We acknowledge that all child sexual abuse is an exploitation of a child’s vulnerability and powerlessness in which the abuser is fully responsible for his or her actions. We recognize that engaging children in sexual behavior is sin and is harmful to the child. We are committed to doing everything within our power to minimize the risk of sexual abuse for anyone at Grace Chapel. Staff members and volunteers in Children’s Ministries at Grace Chapel are prohibited from participating in the viewing of, or possessing any sexually oriented materials (magazines, cards, images, videos, films, computer- based or otherwise) on church property, in the presence of children, or at home. Inappropriate behaviors include but are not limited to: fondling, inappropriate kissing, forcible rape, inappropriate verbal comments, pornographic videos, obscene phone calls, exhibitionism, or allowing children to witness sexual activity. Furthermore, we consider the viewing of any type of pornographic material as inconsistent with values outlined by the Bible and harmful to the viewer. If you are currently engaged in viewing pornographic or sexually explicit material, you should not serve in children’s ministry. Please contact a staff member to arrange prayer and counseling to deal with this issue.
    Talking Point Limits in GC Kids
    All volunteers must be very careful when talking to the children about certain topics (i.e. Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, ISIS, terrorism, homosexuality, etc.) We understand and appreciate the desire to be honest and real with the children we serve, but we cannot stress enough our commitment to not discuss inappropriate topics such as those below. Some things to consider concerning these types of things: 1. The children we serve are no older than 5th grade. They are not developmentally able to process illicit and mature content in a healthy way. Some studies have shown that the mere exposure to mature content (especially regarding sexuality) can have the same traumatic effect on a juvenile mind as molestation. Most 5th graders are only learning about normal, healthy sexuality for the first time, and sometimes even this is hard on them. 2. Many of the families at Grace Chapel want to protect their children from issues such as homosexuality and abortion for as long as they can, and they want to be the first ones to explain them. When we introduce these topics to children in our groups, we rob the parents of that opportunity. 3. While we can control the topics and information that we introduce in small groups, we recognize that Small group leaders cannot control topics that children introduce. You can redirect the discussion. If a student asks a question or brings up these issues when you are serving, the best response is: “That is a great question about (important topic), but it would be best for you to chat with your parents about that. We’ve got some other great things we’re going to focus on today.” Then go back to the planned discussion topics for your group time. 4. It may seem silly to say “Don’t say to the children whether Santa, the Easter Bunny, or other cultural figures are real or not to the kids”, but it is not our place to tell the children that. We talk about Jesus and that is a cultural thing that has nothing to do with our mission at Grace Chapel. Always tell the kids to ask their parents, even if other kids in the group are saying they are not real, don’t comment. Please refrain from discussing these and similar topics at all with any children other than your own. We want to keep our subject matter focused on the developmentally appropriate Bible lesson planned for each class. Thank you for understanding and adhering to these guidelines at all times.


    You are required to dress appropriately for service in children’s ministry. You are the Lord’s representative to these children. Therefore, when in doubt about your clothing, choose modesty over fashion. • Avoid any clothing that is tight or short; that includes pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, and leggings worn as pants. • Shorts, skirts, and dresses need to be knee length. Bending is a requirement when working with children. Therefore, do a “mirror check” to be sure that your cleavage does not show when bending. • Avoid tops with bare shoulders; no spaghetti straps, tank tops, or halter tops. • No revealing stomachs. Raise your arms over your head in front of a mirror to be sure your belly and bottom do not show. • Avoid tops that are low cut or that have deep V-necks. This applies to both men and women. • Keep pants pulled up and use a belt if necessary. • No clothing with suggestive logos or ads for alcohol or drugs. • If we are doing water activities, one-piece swim suits only. If you wear a tankini, your stomach must not show, even when arms are raised. Swimsuits that do not meet this criterion should be covered by a t-shirt. • If in doubt … don’t wear it.
    Please wear Children’s ministry shirts along with a volunteer name tag from Check-in while serving. If, at any time, you decide to stop serving, we ask that you please DO NOT give it to a thrift store or wear it to church. These shirts are used to distinguish our children’s volunteers to other staff members, parents, and everyone at Grace Chapel.
    Staff members and volunteers in Children’s Ministries are expected to provide adequate supervision for children in their care while working in church programs. To maintain the safety of the children and security of the classroom, no one is allowed in the room during programming without being identified as a volunteer or having a parent tag. There are NO exceptions.
    Staff members and volunteers may from time to time be in a position to provide transportation for children, however, transportation to or from an event or between an event and home must not be done without permission of the parent. The following guidelines should be strictly observed when workers are involved in the transportation of children: 1. Children should be transported directly to their destination. Unauthorized stops to a non-public place should be avoided. Staff members and volunteers should avoid transportation circumstances that leave only one child in transport. 2. Staff members and volunteers should avoid physical contact with children while in vehicles. 3. No cell phones may be utilized by the driver while driving Grace Chapel vans, or vehicles owned or rented by Grace Chapel, unless in an emergency. 4. Grace Chapel vehicles may only be operated by those approved by the church’s insurance. This approval may include a background check, Motor Vehicle Records check, a copy of your license, a copy of your personal car insurance card, and a drug and alcohol test. In order to gain approval, you must contact the Human Resources Department at the church 2 weeks prior to your travel date.


    What We Practice
    Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following seven practices . . .
    Bible as Our Sole Authority
    “The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:15 Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
    Independence of Each Local Church
    “Christ is the head of His Body, the church. He is the source of the Body’s life...” Colossians 1:18 (GN) Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control. In relating to our “church plants” we will encourage each congregation to determine its own strategy, structure, and style.
    Ministry of Every Believer
    “Christ loves us, and by His death He has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve God...” Revelation 1:6 (GN) “You are...the King’s priests...God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God.” 1 Peter 2:9 (GN) The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full-time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
    “A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 26:30 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this," Says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10 At Grace Chapel we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving, and have experienced God’s generosity directly proportional to our own. We cannot out-give God.
    Spirit Empowered Living
    "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8 We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to empower and enable us to do what is right.
    Sharing Christ With Others
    “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those who God brings us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.
    “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall be come one flesh.” Genesis 2:24 At Grace Chapel, we believe that God created sex as a beautiful thing to be celebrated within the confines of marriage. Sex outside of marriage is sin, whether fornication or adultery. The only Biblical standard for marriage is between one man and one woman. We only perform marriages for our church members in good standing.

Have questions? Our team can help

David Green
Family Pastor

Dylan Dawkins
High School pastor

Tara Astafan
High School Outreach + Admin