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Sunday Morning

Middle School Group
10:00 am

High School Group
11:15 am


Wednesday Night

Middle School and High School Service
7:00 pm

Middle & High School Small Groups
8:00 pm


Thursday Night

Young Adult
7:00 pm

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27dec7:00 pm- 8:30 pmEncounter Student Worship ServiceA place for Middle School and High School students

About Encounter

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, High School students meet to dive deeper into Scripture and learn to think critically about our faith.

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.

We also have a weekly Young Adult (ages 18-25) gathering every Thursday at 7:00pm. We gather to share life and fellowship, and to engage with God and one another. Find us on Facebook: Young Adults at DFCC.

God Bless,

-Stephen & Matt

Stephen Pate

Stephen Pate

Student Ministries Pastor

Stephen has been leading the youth ministry at DFCC for nine years. He attended Hope International University where he received his BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Christian Leadership. Stephen and his wife, Marissa, love ministering to and sharing life with the students of Downey. During his free time he loves drinking coffee, reading, surfing, playing basketball, watching movies, and traveling.

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