The 1st Pres Youth Ministry exists for two reasons; to gather our students in hopes that they would know, trust in, and treasure Christ (Col. 2:2-3), and to disciple our students in hopes that they will grow as faithful, fruitful, followers of Christ (Col. 2:6). This is primarily accomplished through small group discussion, large group teaching, events, retreats, mission opportunities, and one-on-one mentorship. By God's grace, and for His glory, we hope to be a welcoming, authentic community who worships God in gospel-centered fellowship, and loves others in gospel-centered service (Heb. 10:24-25).

Our Philosophy
Gospel-Centered: Belief in the Gospel is not a one-time commitment but an everyday dependence on the grace of God. We strive to teach and model the Gospel as taught in the Bible in all aspects of the youth ministry. 
Parent-Assistive: Parental influence as a primary avenue of discipleship is a God-ordained reality. We strive to celebrate and encourage parents in their call to be the primary disciplers of their students. 
Discipleship-Oriented: Relational discipleship goes beyond a surface level friendship with older adults. We strive to build authentic, intentional relationships with students and foster biblical fellowship amongst students.  
Covenant-Driven: The Gospel calls us into participation and membership of a covenant community in God's Kingdom. We strive to gather and disciple every student and family who are members of our local congregation, encouraging intergenerational connection and active participation in the life of 1st Pres.
Our Methods
Prayer: We saturate our ministry with prayer for and with our students and families.
Programing: We have a variety of programs, events, and retreats in order to teach and equip students in the Gospel.
Fellowship: We have times to fellowship and cultivate gospel relationships amongst peers and adults.
Service: We offer opportunities for students to serve in various capacities throughout the year.
Mentorship: We meet with and have Gospel conversations in one-to-one and small group discipleship. 
Singing: We offer times and ways to worship and praise our God through song.
Fun: We will have intentional and organic fun and laughter in our ministry.


Julia Bryan
My name is Julia Bryan and I’m a rising senior at UTC, but spent my first two years at UTK (VFL)! I’m studying art education and wanting to be a high school art teacher, and will be student teaching in the fall. I’m excited to continue working with middle and high school students this summer & hoping to spend lots of time jumping in pools & fellowshipping over meals & ice cream! 
Jackson Fleming
Hello! I'm Jackson Fleming and I'm a senior at UTC studying psychology. I am from Nashville and I'm a huge fan of the Titans! Other than cheering on my favorite sports teams some of my other hobbies are hiking, exercising, and playing soccer. I'm really excited to get to hang out with the youth this summer!


High School Drive-In Movie

High Schoolers- Join us for a trip to the Wilderness Outdoor Theater to see a drive-in movie!

Drop Off: 7:00pm at 1st Pres Student Center. Our youth staff will drive our students to the theater.

Pick up: TBD at the 1st Pres Student Center. Once the movie is announced, we will give our return time.

Cost: $7/student upon registration

What to bring: Your friends! Picnic blankets, small camp chairs, and cash for the concessions. The theater is a cash only establishment.

Register HERE

Middle School Lake Retreat

This summer we are excited to offer a Summer Lake Trip for our Middle School students. We will be traveling to Pine Acres Retreat in Ackworth, GA to hear God's word through large group talks, fellowship in small group discussion, and—of course—enjoy loads of fun and good food! Have your swim suit ready as we'll enjoy time on the lake and in the pool to cool off between all the other activities!

WHO: Rising 6th graders through rising 9th graders.

WHEN: We will leave Wednesday afternoon (July 12th) and return mid-day Friday (July 14th)

COST: EARLYBIRD special sign up through 4/16: $100. After 4/16 price increases to $125

Scholarships are available. Please contact for more information.

Register HERE

High School RYM

We are excited to offer this amazing experience for our high school students! We will be traveling to Panama City Beach and joining other high schoolers from around the country for a week of exploring how our God is "Always Faithful". Please check out the website for more details about our week at RYM's Florida Summer Conference.

WHO: Our trip is open to students who are rising 9th graders through students who have completed 12th grade. Space is limited to 15 students.

WHEN: We will leave Monday morning (July 3rd) and return Friday evening (July 7th), traveling by two 15 passenger vans.

COST: $450 per student. A $150 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. The remaining $300 will be due by March 26th. Additional spending money will be needed to cover one mean on each of the travel days and one night out during the week.

Scholarships are available. Please contact for more information.

Register HERE

Medical Release Waiver

Medical Release Waiver

Meet the 1st Pres Youth Team

Brad Roberts -  Youth Director

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Isabella  Bridges -  Assistant Youth Director

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Cherie Brown - Youth Ministry Logistical Coordinator