Middle School Group
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Middle School and High School Service
Middle & High School Small Groups
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Encounter Student Ministry exists to create sacred encounters that draw students to Jesus. Our ministry is focused on helping High School and Middle School students engage with God, community, and their world. Our philosophy of ministry is to create safe, welcoming environments where students ask questions, explore their faith, are known in genuine community, and have the greatest encounter of all—meeting Jesus.
Wednesday nights are the foundation for our ministry, where both HS and MS students gather for a unique worship service geared for adolescents.
Sundays are the next step for students. At 10:00am, HS worships with our adults while MS (grades 6-8) experiences a Sunday morning gathering in our Encounter room. At 11:15am, we encourage our students to serve our church family on campus.
Encounter also plans events to engage students. Each month we host opportunities like camps, retreats, all-nighters, pool parties, beach trips, hang-outs, service projects, and mission trips.
Interim Student Ministries Pastor
Jamie interned with our student ministry at DFCC for 18 months before accepting the position as our interim youth pastor. He attended Hope International University where he received his BA in Youth and Family Ministry, graduating in 2017. A native of Cincinati, Ohio, his desire is to eventually serve the youth of the Midwest. During his free time he enjoys watching movies, going on hikes, and planning special dates for his girlfriend.
Meet our Staff
Learn more about Stephen and the awesome volunteers who lead Encounter