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.
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
- Sunday School – This summer we are continuing our study of the “Thread” of God’s plan through Scripture. Last Sunday we talked about the fall of Judah and Israel as a consequence for their sin of ignoring God and His Word. Next Sunday we will look at life in exile in Babylon as told through the eyes of the prophet Daniel.• Sunday School – This summer we are continuing our study of the “Thread” of God’s plan through Scripture. Last Sunday we talked about the fall of Judah and Israel as a consequence for their sin of ignoring God and His Word. Next Sunday we will look at life in exile in Babylon as told through the eyes of the prophet Daniel.
- Fall Kick Off and New Families! This year we will host a joint King’s Kids and Encounter Youth event at 12:15pm on Sunday September 10. All rising 6th grade students (and especially their parents!) are invited, along with all other Encounter students. We will have a cook out, play games, and introduce new students and families (or any parents/students who just want a refresher!) of what life in the youth group looks like, including meeting places and times as well as major events to look forward to next year. A sign-up genius will be sent out soon to sign up for food to bring!
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!
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.
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.
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