Mission Statement

ENCOUNTER: St. Giles Youth is a ministry committed to preparing a generation that is passionately devoted to and pursues the Lord, His Church, and the lost.


Encounter Youth Directors: Dan & Lesley Cheevers

After graduating from Central Michigan University, both Dan and Lesley engaged in many different avenues of ministry, including Cru at Michigan State University and CMU as well as serving at a local church in Edinburgh, Scotland. Lesley began seminary at Regent University in Virginia Beach before marrying Dan and moving to Charlotte, NC where they both finished their M.Div degrees at Reformed Theological Seminary in May 2014. Upon graduating they began their ministry here at St. Giles EPC!

Their heart for youth ministry springs from 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well.” Their hearts overflow with love for these young people, and they are so blessed to walk with them as they grow in their faith and love for Christ.


Meeting Times

Sunday Morning – For the Spring Semester both the High School and Middle School sunday school classes will be in “The Life” series. They will be studying what the life of a disciple looks like. What does it truly mean to pick up your cross and follow after Christ? They will be challenged to examine their walks with the Lord and to grow in their devotion to Him.          


Encounter – Our weekly youth group meets every Sunday night at 5:15 and runs until 7:30. Join us for a time of fellowship, worship, teaching, small groups, and games as we enjoy community and worship the Lord together. This Spring we will be discussing the topic of “Why Jesus Died.” This series is loosely based on John Piper’s book The Passion of Jesus Christ. They will learn that God’s purpose and achievement in the death of his son was not just to forgive us of our sins, but for so much more than that.  



Wednesday Evening IGNITE – Several times throughout the year we get together as a church and enjoy a catered meal at 5:30 pm and then have classes and programs for all ages at 6:30 pm. The dates for our next mini semester of IGNITE will be Feb. 21 – March 21.

Encounter Missions – Students have the opportunity to evangelize the world around them through ongoing local, state-level and international mission trips.  We desire for all students to participate in the greatest story of all, the story of His Glory! 

To find out about our current events, please checkout our 2018 Youth Spring Calendar!

Please notice Ignite starts February 21st and our next big event is Broomball which is being rescheduled. Stay tuned for update!  Be sure to invite your friends! 

Contact Info

Dan’s Email: Dan@stgilesepc.org
Lesley’s Email: Lesley@stgilesepc.org

Click  ENCOUNTER: St Giles Youth  to join our Facebook group.  This is a closed group, so ask to be Dan or Lesley’s friend first.  We would love to add you! You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter @ EncounterSTG


Supporting Adult Leadership


Jane Burns: wife to Tim, mother to Madeline, Annalisa, Jack, Alex and Isabella.  Jane lights up the world with her gifts of hospitality and leadership.  She is committed to see Middle School students equipped and growing in their knowledge of God.

Dale Farish: wife to Paul, mother to Caroline, Anna, Ellie, and Emmie. Dale’s eye for decor and how to make a room look beautiful helps those of us who are less skilled in decorating. She will be helping us this Fall with some new and exciting improvements we plan to make in our youth rooms. She also works with our middle school girls who benefit tremendously from her role in their lives. 

Paul Farish:
husband to Dale, father to Caroline, Anna, Ellie, and Emmie. Paul is our storyteller and actor who helps catch the attention of the students with his sense of humor as he brings the word of God to life. 

Darwin Johnson: husband to Lisa, father to Nathan, Sarah, Deborah, Mary, Rebecah, Josh, Isaac, Eli, Gabriel and Grace.  Affectionately know to us as Daddy-D, Darwin is the preeminent father.  His wisdom in family and in business under gird our students with strength and confidence for their future.

Kenan Kovasckitz: one of our most recent alumni, Kenan has decided to stay on as our newest leader. She is working alongside Dale with the middle school girls and is delighted to be encouraging them in their walks with the Lord. Her heart and fervor for the Lord is contagious and she is a rich asset to our leadership team. 


Student Leaders

We also seek to raise up young leaders (11th & 12th grade students) and fine tune their leadership skills. These are students who love the Lord, set a good example for how to follow him wholeheartedly, and encourage their peers to do the same.

Eli, Josiah, Madeline, Nathan, Noah, Rebecca, Sadie, Josselyn