Our Youth Ministry is dedicated to three simple things: Meaningful relational investment in the lives of students and parents, honest and authentic Bible teaching, and missional service of our local, national, and international neighbors.

Our passion is deeper than youth ministry...it’s family ministry. We offer countless opportunities for our students - from retreats, service projects, and Bible studies to fellowship, mission trips, and The Refuge.  In all that we do, we provide students and their families with a friendly, honest, and loving church environment.

Our aim is to help students continually cultivate a desire to discover and develop a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. We value our standing in the community and our role in the lives of students and do not take our responsibility lightly. Our staff is committed to helping families experience the transformational love of God through prayer, relationships, and action.

Upcoming Youth Events

For questions on 7.8 events please email Lynell. For questions on High School or College events please email Carrie.

February 24 - Speedy's Go Carts | 7th and 8th Grade Boys | 1-3 PM
February 24 - Photo Ops Around Town | 7th and 8th Grade Girls | 1-3 PM
March 2-4 - Senior Mystery Trip (REGISTER HERE)
March 3 - One Great Day of Service | All Students 
March 4 - Bubble Soccer | 7th and 8th Graders | MDUMC Soccer Field
March 26-29 - Holy Week Prayer Breakfast | All Students | The Refuge
April 13-15 - 8th Grade Mystery Trip 
June 10-16 - High School Workcamp
June 20-24 - 7.8 Workcamp

Youth Plant Sale

We will be selling some beautiful plants until February 25. All proceeds go directly to making the Refuge a better place for your students to hang out! Click the link below to see what we have and to purchase your plants. Contact Karen with any questions.


Your plants will be delivered to the Refuge and you can pick them up from 2-6 PM March 6 and 7.

Permission Slips and Online Registrations

There are currently no open registrations for 7th and 8th graders.

Senior Mystery Trip - March 2-4


Youth Newsletters

Click the links below to sign up for our different newsletters:

7.8 News
High School News

Steve Speaks - a weekly devotional sent out by Steve Cragg

Meet Our Staff

Mark Bogart
Director of Youth Ministries

Steve Cragg
Director of The Refuge

Karen Crawford
Office Manager

Kim Kennedy
Director of Sports and Recreation

Lynell Kennedy
7.8 Ministry Coordinator

Carrie Neal
High School Ministry Coordinator

Olivia Palacio
7.8 Ministries Assistant 

Kory Snyder
Youth Ministries Assistant