WHO WE ARE
Our Student Ministry exists to Love God, love our neighbor, share the story of Jesus and make disciples. In Mark 12:29-31, Christ stated “the Greatest Commandments are to love God and love people.” In Matthew 28:18-20, the Great Commission calls us to share Jesus and make disciples.
Lakeview Youth (Wednesday Nights)
We host weekly student worship and service on Wednesday nights for 6th-12th grade students. We open the doors to students at 5:30pm and service starts at 6:15pm. Dinner is always provided! Our purpose is to reach out to students and invite them to a place that they feel comfortable, to challenge them in their relationship with Christ and share the gospel with those who are lost.
Small Groups (Sunday Morning)
Small groups are healthy, multiplying groups that reach, disciple, and connect students. We meet weekly at 9am to study God’s Word and are led by an adult leader. When students come to a small group, they get a chance to talk through relevant topics with other students their own age and adult leaders. We believe these topics are important for every teenager and our desire is that when a student leaves, they are able to navigate life more effectively!
Director of Student Ministries
I grew up as a missionary kid AND a pastor's kid. This made my early years fun, exciting, scary, and pushed me way out of my comfort zone from the start. My first time serving in a leadership role in church was when I was in high school. I took some guitar lessons my freshman year and decided to try my hand at playing in the youth band in my local church. Little did I know that God had bigger plans. After a few months, I was asked to take over leading since our youth worship leader had graduated and would be going to college. After serving all of my high school years, I went off to college and was involved in BCM at Francis Marion University for a year, then moved me to Rock Hill, SC after meeting my wife, Jessica. God has blessed us with three beautiful children, Maddox James, Lila Jean, and Ezekiel "Zeke" Riley. We attended a church in Fort Mill, SC for a while, and God threw me into student ministry full force after taking on an interim role. I have been serving middle and high school students and their families since 2012. My wife and children got the notice that we'd be moving to Hartsville, SC in mid 2017.
I'm fortunate enough to be able to lead our Contemporary Worship Service on Sunday mornings, using some of the other talents and abilities that God has blessed me with. Using them for His glory is what brings me joy, and I have an excellent team to serve with.
I'll always find an excuse to wear gym shorts and a t-shirt.