Student Ministries

We exist to make people alive in Christ, connected to each other and engaged in the world by providing students with a taste of what
it means to develop a deep, personal relationship with God and others while living in a real world.

 

CrossRoads (Grades 6-8)

"Walking a different road" -Ps. 119

Crossroads meets every Sunday morning at 11:15am and every other Thursday at 7pm. Crossroads is a haven of friendship and Godly perspective for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Not only do we learn about God, but we have a great time doing it... while eating an abundant amount of Sour Patch Kids. You can contact Devin Dunn for more details and be added to the CrossRoads mailing list.

CrossRoads FaceBook Page   /   Current CR Newsletter
Retreat: Winter Escape   /   Mission Trip: Serve and Swerve   /   CrossRoads Teachers

 

 

Impact (Grades 9-12)

"Rooted, built up and established" -Cl. 2

We are a group of broken people who have found incredible meaning and purpose through God in everyday life. We get together to think deeper, grow, make a difference and, simply, to have a great time together. Impact meets every other Sunday morning at 11:15am and most Sunday nights from 7-9pm.

Impact is designed to provide students with a taste of what it means to develop a deep, personal relationship with God and others while living in a real world.

Impact Facebook Page   /   Current IM Newsletter
CL:2   /   Mission Trip: Cross Training /   Fall Retreat

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Meet Our Leaders!

MATTHEW MEZAK GREW Up AT GRACE CHURCH ATTENDING CHILDREN'S MINISTRY, CROSSROADS AND IMPACT. GOD GIFTED MATT WITH A SOFT, SENSITIVE AND COMPASSIONATE HEART AND GREW IN HIM A DESIRE TO DO MINISTRY. HE IS CURRENTLY ATTENDING MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE IN CHICAGO AND INTERNING AT GRACE CHURCH AS THE MIDDLE SCHOOL INTERN, LEADING CROSSROADS. WE ARE GREATLY BLESSED TO HAVE HIM BE A PART OF OUR CHURCH FAMILY. 

Mitchel Thome has served for over 4 years as a  leader. He grew up at Grace Church, went through the programs himself, and decided that he wants to give back the same way he was given to. 

Mitchel Thome has served for over 4 years as a  leader. He grew up at Grace Church, went through the programs himself, and decided that he wants to give back the same way he was given to. 

Andy and Taylor Liggett both grew up going to Crossroads and impact, and like many others, decided that they wanted to continue in student ministries as leaders. This will be their first year as a married couple in ministry! Andy is pursuing an M.Div at Moody Theological Seminary and Taylor is spending this year preparing to be a mom! 

Andy and Taylor Liggett both grew up going to Crossroads and impact, and like many others, decided that they wanted to continue in student ministries as leaders. This will be their first year as a married couple in ministry! Andy is pursuing an M.Div at Moody Theological Seminary and Taylor is spending this year preparing to be a mom! 

Julie and Rick eggerding came to Grace Church from the west side of the state of Michigan. having 4 kids of their own, they are incredibly gifted in pursuing and discipling young people. This is their first year in Crossroads!

Julie and Rick eggerding came to Grace Church from the west side of the state of Michigan. having 4 kids of their own, they are incredibly gifted in pursuing and discipling young people. This is their first year in Crossroads!

Chris and liz Wyskiel are new to impact this year. They are absolutely crazy... but the perfect kind of crazy. They are always ready to serve and give back, and have a great time loving on students (including their own kids). 

Chris and liz Wyskiel are new to impact this year. They are absolutely crazy... but the perfect kind of crazy. They are always ready to serve and give back, and have a great time loving on students (including their own kids). 

EVAN FITZPATRICK GRADUATED FROM IMPACT, A TEACHER IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES AND A CURRENT MEMBER OF OUR HOME MISSIONS TEAM, HAS GIVEN SO MUCH TO OUR CHURCH OVER THE YEARS AND CONTINUED TO SERVE AS A CROSSROADS LEADER. HE IS CURRENTLY STUDYING BIBLE AT MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE IN CHICAGO.

Mark and Gwyneth Gielow are some of the most humbl e and sacrificial leaders a youth pastor could ask for. They are going into their third year of ministry with CrossRoads!

Mark and Gwyneth Gielow are some of the most humbl e and sacrificial leaders a youth pastor could ask for. They are going into their third year of ministry with CrossRoads!

Brian and Jackie Darnell both attended Grace church as kids, but it wasn't until they were adults, that God brought them back to be a part of the community. Both have an incredible gift in communicating truth to students in a way that is relevant and impacting. We are grateful to have them be a part of this community. 

Brian and Jackie Darnell both attended Grace church as kids, but it wasn't until they were adults, that God brought them back to be a part of the community. Both have an incredible gift in communicating truth to students in a way that is relevant and impacting. We are grateful to have them be a part of this community. 

Kailey Whitted, a graduate of Crossroads and impact herself, has served in crossroads for 2 years. She has an amazing servant leadership kind of heart, and she has an eye for the students who are hurting. Kailey is passionate about missions and sharing the gospel, as well as pixar films. She is a great addition to the team. 

Kailey Whitted, a graduate of Crossroads and impact herself, has served in crossroads for 2 years. She has an amazing servant leadership kind of heart, and she has an eye for the students who are hurting. Kailey is passionate about missions and sharing the gospel, as well as pixar films. She is a great addition to the team. 

Jeff and Diane Fowler have served as leaders in both Impact and CrossRoads for more than 20 years. They have been a crucial part of the growth and development of these groups, as they have committed their lives to serving the youth of Grace Church!

Lance Gullivar is a first year leader in Crossroads. LANCE STARTED COMING TO GRACE IN HIS 10TH GRADE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, AND CONTINUED TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE COLLEGE GROUP AND NOW DECIDED HE WANTS TO START LEADING IN STUDENT MINISTRIES. HE HAS A LOVE FOR VIDEO GAMES AND SOCCER, BUT MORE THAN THAT, LANCE LOVES TO BE in ministry. 

Lance Gullivar is a first year leader in Crossroads. LANCE STARTED COMING TO GRACE IN HIS 10TH GRADE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, AND CONTINUED TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE COLLEGE GROUP AND NOW DECIDED HE WANTS TO START LEADING IN STUDENT MINISTRIES. HE HAS A LOVE FOR VIDEO GAMES AND SOCCER, BUT MORE THAN THAT, LANCE LOVES TO BE in ministry. 

Dave DeJonge is the adult child of the student ministries team. He brings such a youthful attitude to his service . His youthful spunk and energetic pursuit are perfect in pursuing students. 

Dave DeJonge is the adult child of the student ministries team. He brings such a youthful attitude to his service . His youthful spunk and energetic pursuit are perfect in pursuing students. 

Maggie recently moved from a church in the greater chicago area, where she served in student ministries for years. We are so blessed to have her be a part of impact, as she leads with enthusiasm and great love for our students. 

Maggie recently moved from a church in the greater chicago area, where she served in student ministries for years. We are so blessed to have her be a part of impact, as she leads with enthusiasm and great love for our students. 

Mike and Trish are starting their second year as CrossRoads leaders. They have 2 kids that went through CrossRoads and Impact (Keegan and Megan), and they are overjoyed with the opportunity to serve in student ministries. 

Allie Bell and Gabbi gehringer, two graduates from Impact THEMSELVES, have decided to return to student ministries to be leaders. the team is so lucky to have them both. 

Allie Bell and Gabbi gehringer, two graduates from Impact THEMSELVES, have decided to return to student ministries to be leaders. the team is so lucky to have them both. 

Gina epley grew up coming to crossroads and impact, and mike joined just as he was graduating high school. They have faithfully continued serving at grace church since they graduated themselves, and have a passion to serve and love people. They are some of the most generous people that many will ever meet.  

Gina epley grew up coming to crossroads and impact, and mike joined just as he was graduating high school. They have faithfully continued serving at grace church since they graduated themselves, and have a passion to serve and love people. They are some of the most generous people that many will ever meet.  

Bill Wells is one of our well seasoned ministry leaders. Year after year, Bill has served whole heartedly to disciple the youth at grace church. 

Bill Wells is one of our well seasoned ministry leaders. Year after year, Bill has served whole heartedly to disciple the youth at grace church. 

Kirstin gladding is a new addition to our crossroads team. She walked through these programs herself, and became incredible influential in the life of our church. She is sassy, spunky, humble and a great addition to the team.

Kirstin gladding is a new addition to our crossroads team. She walked through these programs herself, and became incredible influential in the life of our church. She is sassy, spunky, humble and a great addition to the team.