The 1st Pres Youth Ministry seeks to make disciples of Christ, teaching and leading students to develop a personal, transformative faith in response to the Lord’s calling in their lives. Through small groups, Sunday teaching, worship, retreats, mission trips, events, and one-on-one discipleship, Youth Ministry at First Pres fosters a gospel-centered, authentic community of servants of Christ. We long for a Scripture-saturated culture in which students can be vulnerable with others as they seek to know the Lord and live a life in light of eternity. 

There are lots of ways to get plugged in and involved, such as Sunday school, Midweek youth group, small group Bible studies, events, and retreats. Please contact us for more information!

Meet the 1st pres youth team

Zach Mashburn - Associate Youth Director 
Zach has been working with students at 1st Pres since 2017 and transitioned to Associate Youth Director in 2019. Zach is a UTC graduate with bachelor's degrees in Business Administration/Marketing and Spanish. Zach and his wife Cameron have been married since the summer of 2019, and enjoy exploring the outdoors of Chattanooga. Zach is working on his Masters in Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Jessica Bayless - Associate Youth Director
Jessica joined the staff at 1st Pres as the Assistant Youth Director in 2015 and transitioned to Associate Youth Director in 2019. She graduated from UT Chattanooga with a degree in Child and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. She and her husband, Cary, were married in 2019, have two playful chocolate labs, and love being a part of what the Lord is doing at 1st Pres!
Deb Gruner - Volunteer
Deb has volunteered in youth ministry for over 10 years--organizing meals, serving on retreats & mission trips, leading small groups, and teaching Sunday School. Deb graduated from Columbia Bible College and moved to Chattanooga to teach the Bible in public schools. She and her husband, Brad, met at 1st Pres and are long time members.  She currently teaches 4th and 5th-grade math at Brainerd Baptist School. 

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