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
9:30 am – 10:15 am Sunday School

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 Oct. 18 – Nov. 15

Upcoming Events

  • Stay tuned…….

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! This summer the youth served in Vancouver, Canada. (Team picture to the left.)

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

Kurt Berger: husband to Mary Beth, father to “Blue the dog.” Kurt, having been told many times he has a gift to work with young people, definitely demonstrates this at our Encounter youth nights. He lights up when playing the games–particularly when whipping dodgeballs at the guy students.

Mary Beth Berger: wife to Kurt, mother to “Blue the dog.” Mary Beth has a passion for pouring out to our youth girls and connecting with them in a real way. Her counselor’s heart shows up in small group times as she encourages the girls in their walks with the Lord.

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.

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.

Caroline Pickens: wife to Ryan, mother to Bowman and “Clark the dog.” Caroline has a passion for teaching and working with young people. She gives leadership to our Youth Drama Team and regularly works with our students to organize skits for Encounter meetings and church-wide functions.

Ryan Pickens: husband to Caroline, father to Bowman and “Clark the dog.” Ryan is currently working on his medical degree through UNC Chapel Hill and helps with our worship ministry and middle school boys ministry. His excitement for God and having fun shine forth when he’s around these young people.



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.

Caylin, Davis, Isaac, Kenan, Nathan, Noah, and Rebecca