Southminster Youth Ministry

Being a student is difficult. Being a teenager is difficult. Being a Christian is difficult. Being all of these things in one of the most racially and ethnically diverse cities in America is even more difficult. How do you navigate being a Christian when some of your classmates and best friends belong to a different religion, or no religion at all?

The call to follow Christ is difficult, but it's the most important decision you will ever make. At Southminster we equip our youth to be followers of Jesus Christ in a world where it is progressively more difficult to proclaim the name of Jesus with confidence and love.

Acts 1:8 says, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." God has called us to be His witnesses. God has called us to show His love to everyone, because everyone needs to hear it. Who will go, if not us?

Youth Group

This fall our youth will meet on Sundays virtually and in-person at different homes in Sienna. 

Youth gather together on Sunday from 12-2 pm or 5-7 pm. We share a meal when meeting in-person, study the Bible, encourage one another, have fun together, and grow closer as a family. 

Check out the Youth Group calendar below!

Current Series: Squad Up

Everyone wants a squad — a community of people that cares for us, helps and supports us, and gives us a place to belong. In short, we all want to be part of a community that feels like family. That kind of community  isn't easy to come by, but it's exactly what Jesus had in mind for His followers when the Church first began.


In this series, we'll discover why the word "Church" means something much bigger than a building, we'll learn what life was like for some of the earliest Christians, and we'll explore four big ideas that mean as much for us today as they did to the Jesus-followers who lived nearly 2,000 years ago. The truth is, we can all be part of God's family, and because we're God's family, we can do for others what God has done for us, we can grow together, and we can stand strong together.

Youth Group Calendar

Unless otherwise noted all Youth Group events meet from 12-2 PM on Sundays in the Youth Lounge (second floor of school building)

SEP 6              Kick-Off Pool Party @ the Rusk's house  //  5-7 PM   //  Squad Up Week 1 @ Home

SEP 13             Youth Group on Zoom   //   5-7 PM   //  Squad Up Week 2

SEP 20             NO YG

SEP 27             Youth Group @ the Rusk's house  //  5-7 PM   //  Squad Up Week 3 @ Home

OCT 4              Youth Group on Zoom   //  5-7 PM   //   Squad Up Week 4

Adult Leaders

As a parent, you are making a huge impact in your teenager’s life. The impact you’re making is far more significant than any impact we, their church, could ever hope to make. You are the most important voice in your kid’s life, both now and for a lifetime. However, your best chance at influencing your teenager’s faith and future is to recruit other adults to influence them with you. 

Dr. Kara E. Powell and Dr. Chap Clark, authors of Sticky Faith, encourage parents to “develop a sticky web of relationships” for their kids. Especially during the teenage years, when your kid is beginning to pull away from you in their search for independence, we want to come alongside you by creating a pool of trustworthy adults who can help you influence your teenager.  


That’s why our ministry emphasizes the importance of meeting together consistently at Youth Group. At youth group we connect your kid with adults you can trust so you can better influence their faith and future. Get to know our Adult Leaders below!

  • Brad Federwisch

    Birthday: August 6th

    Favorite Food: Cheese

    Favorite Drink: Diet Mountain Dew

    Favorite Coffee: Diet Coke (we'll take it!)

    Favorite Candy: Reeses

    Favorite Snack: Pecans

    Favorite Animal: Bear

    Favorite Way to Spend $5: Mountain Dew

    Favorite Way to Spend $20: Movie

  • Samantha (Sam) Federwisch

    Birthday: October 21, 1967

    Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo

    Favorite Drink: Sunkist Orange

    Favorite Coffee: French Vanilla

    Favorite Candy: Milky Way

    Favorite Snack: Grapes

    Favorite Animal: Siberian Tiger

    Favorite Way to Spend $5: Tricity Resale Shop Donation

    Favorite Way to Spend $20: Tri City Resale Shop Purchase

  • Benny Gilbert

    Birthday: September 22, 1961

    Favorite Food: Steak

    Favorite Drink: Vodka Martini

    Favorite Coffee: Black

    Favorite Candy: Milky Way

    Favorite Snack: Cashews

    Favorite Animal: Cat

    Favorite Way to Spend $5: Doughnuts

    Favorite Way to Spend $20: Flowers (presumably for Caroyl?)

  • Caroyl Gilbert

    Birthday: April 17, 1964

    Favorite Food: Chicken Marsala

    Favorite Drink: Margarita/Tea

    Favorite Coffee: Mocha Cappuccino

    Favorite Candy: Snickers

    Favorite Snack: Popcorn

    Favorite Animal: Unicorn

    Favorite Way to Spend $5: Starbucks

    Favorite Way to Spend $20: 2nd Hand Store (Pennywise)

  • Amy Rogers

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    Favorite Food: ?

    Favorite Drink: Grape Juice

    Favorite Coffee: ?

    Favorite Candy: Gummy Bears

    Favorite Snack: Nachos/popcorn

    Favorite Animal: ?

    Favorite Way to Spend $5: ?

    Favorite Way to Spend $20: ?

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