Senior High Youth Ministry
About The Senior High Youth Ministry
The Senior High Youth Ministry is open to 9th through 12th grade students. Our ministry includes a team of adults who love God and have a heart for students. Adult volunteers are selected, screened and trained. We have a relational ministry. Great emphasis is placed on adults forming relationships with youth, youth with each other, and all of us with Christ.
Our Small Group program is the focal point of our ministry, where students have a safe place to be heard, and cared for by their fellow students and an adult leader.
Our programs combine scriptural foundation with the realities of life and the culture.
We feel that youth are an important part of the church and we construct opportunities for them to participate in the worship service, engage in mission work and other ministry areas.
- Sunday School meets during the 10:30am service following the children’s sermon in the Senior High Room, which is in the lower level of the Education Wing.
- Senior High Small Groups meet Sundays, 5-8 pm, Oct– April. Dinner is included.
- Two weekend retreats each year provide a relaxing, focused time of study and fellowship.
- A week-long mission trip in the summer.
- Fun outings planned year-round, such as a water park, laser tag, Christmas party, eating out and more.
- Many mission opportunities are offered, such as Feed My Starving Children, Marklund Home, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and more.
- "Smallies" Summer Small Groups on various Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
- Leadership opportunities.
- Cairo Mission Trip
- Raging Waves Water Park
Senior High Youth Leaders
Marcia has been full-time on staff since 2000, having started out as a volunteer in 1996. She has a Bachelors in Social Work and some post-graduate work at Northern Seminary. Previous jobs have included 14 years as a rehabilitation and vocational counselor, and volunteer coordinator and public relations work for Mutual Ground domestic violence shelter in Aurora. Marcia lives in Batavia with her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Allison, 23. Jason, 25, recently graduated from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. They have a very active 3 year-old puppy, Gibson. Marcia says, “I can’t believe they pay me to do this!” Members of the church say “the alternative can be arranged.”
You can reach Marcia at email@example.com
Heather Hamilton has just served on the senior high team for many years, after having served many years on the Junior High Team. She is passionate about her faith and mentoring our kids. Heather has a BA in English from the University of Iowa and is a recruiter at Connect Hearing. She has two grown children, loves to paint and write poetry– both on the same canvas. The person she admires most is her mom, Ellen. Not a stretch, cuz all of us admire Ellen. “He who saves a life-saves the world entire.”~the Talmud. You can reach Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Pearson has been serving on the Senior High Ministry Team for the last two years, after having served on the Junior High Ministry Team. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from U of I and graduated 2013. The last few years he has worked as a teacher’s aid but now is preparing for a career in financial advising. Dan is an accomplished string musician. If it has strings, he can play it. You might find him playing a gig at a venue in the Chicagoland area. Dan is energized by being with our youth and he is inspired by their spirit, their ambitious nature and their sense of humor. You can reach Dan at email@example.com
Graham has been a member of the senior high team for a year, having been through the senior high group himself as a student years ago. He has his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University and graduated in 2010. He currently works in St. Charles and lives in Elburn with his wife, Kristin, and their 4 year old Siberian Husky/Alaskan Malamute puppy, Max. Graham is enthusiastic about his faith and finishing his first year with the senior high group and can't wait for the next session to begin. He enjoys woodworking, reading and writing, and hopes one day to be a published author and start his own woodworking business. You can reach Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.