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Grace Presbytery » Youth Ministry Committee

Youth Ministry Committee

Grace Presbytery holds a vision of the Youth Ministry Committee’s (YMC) role as advocating for youth in the life and ministry of the church.

The YMC is responsible for addressing youth ministry needs and concerns of the presbytery and its congregations. This committee works with individuals and church congregations to enable ministry that is multi-directional. We envision youth ministry that is:

  • Connectional – bringing individuals, congregations and the presbytery together in ministry
  • Relational – building strong relationships among all those who have been connected
  • Nurturing – strengthening the lives and faith of young people and those who lead young people, through opportunities for learning, prayer and service
  • Supportive – praying regularly for one another and for the ministry of the church
  • Applicational – helping young people, and those who lead young people, apply faith to everyday life in the church and the world

The YMC is composed of 27 members elected by Grace Presbytery.

12 adults are elected to serve three-year terms on the committee (July-June). They are nominated by the Grace Presbytery Nominating Committee based upon recommendations received from our congregations. In a similar manner, 15 youth are elected to serve three-year terms (July – June).

The YMC has three ministry teams: Leadership, Outreach, and Worship

These teams:

  • Plan and organize events and ministries for junior high and middle school youth, such as Youthquake
  • Plan and organize events and ministries for senior high youth, such as the Senior High Youth Connection (SHYC)
  • Provide leadership training opportunities for youth and adult leaders of youth
  • Encourage participation in General Assembly Presbyterian Youth Connection and Synod-sponsored youth events
  • Communicate Youth Ministry information and resources
  • Connect youth and youth ministries across the presbytery
  • Help establish relationships among youth and youth ministry leaders

Our 2019 Committee Members

Rev. Sarah Are, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas

Sarah Bailey (C0-Moderator), First Presbyterian Church, Garland

Clarke Benson (Co-Moderator), First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Worth

Miriam Ross (Co-Moderator), Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney

Rev. David Setzer (Co-Moderator), St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Longview

Jena Shankle, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Southlake

Karen Smith, Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, Irving

Luke Smith, First Presbyterian Church, Grapevine

Cheryl Stovall, Faithbridge Presbyterian Church, Frisco

Beth Peak Thompson, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton

Rev. Robbie Trussell, Member-at-Large, Grace Presbytery

Cassie Vestal, Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney

Tami Voyles, Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney

Scott Walters, Legacy Presbyterian Church, Frisco

Jessica Walters, Legacy Presbyterian Church, Frisco

Jared Williams, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Flower Mound

Ethan Williams, First Presbyterian Church, Mesquite

Staff Resource:

Gary Holloman, Director of Youth & Young Adult Programs, Grace Presbytery

For information regarding youth programming visit the Youth Ministries page of our website.