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.

January 18 - 7.8 Homeless Sleep Out | 9:30 PM | Soccer Field | PERMISSION SLIP
January 27 - 7.8 Impact | 7th and 8th Graders | 6-7:30 PM 
February 3 - Youth Worship | All Students | 9:30-10:30 AM | The Refuge
February 15-17 - Senior Mystery Trip | High School Seniors | Registration coming soon...
February 16-17 - 7.8 Winter Retreat | 7th and 8th Graders | Registration coming soon...
February 24 - Chili Bowl Mission Op | 7th and 8th Graders 
March 2-3 - High School Spiritual Life Part 2 | Forest Glen | Registration coming soon...
March 3 - 7.8 Bubble Soccer | 7th and 8th Graders | Soccer Field
March 29-31 - 8th Grade Mystery Trip | 8th Graders | Registration coming soon...
March 30 - One Great Day of Service | All Students
April 15-18 - Holy Week Prayer Breakfasts | All Students | The Refuge
April 28 - 7.8 Unbirthday Mission Op | 7th and 8th Graders 
May 5 - Senior Sunday 
June 2-8 - High School Workcamp | Cameron, TX | Registration coming soon...
June 16-20 - 7.8 Workcamp | Houston, TX | Registration coming soon...

Permission Slips and Online Registrations

Senior Mystery Trip (February 15-17) - Registration coming soon...

High School Spiritual Life Part 2 (March 2-3) - Registration coming soon...

Youth Newsletters

View our January newsletters with the links below:

7.8 Newsletter
High School Newsletter


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
MarkBogart@mdumc.org

Steve Cragg
Director of The Refuge
SteveCragg@mdumc.org

Karen Crawford
Office Manager
KarenCrawford@mdumc.org

Kim Kennedy
Director of Sports and Recreation
KimKennedy@mdumc.org

Lynell Kennedy
7.8 Ministry Coordinator
LynellKennedy@mdumc.org

Carrie Neal
High School Ministry Coordinator
CarrieNeal@mdumc.org

Olivia Palacio
7.8 Ministries Assistant 
OliviaPalacio@mdumc.org

Wes Settegast
High School Ministry Assistant
WesSettegast@mdumc.org

Kory Snyder
Youth Ministries Assistant 
KorySnyder@mdumc.org