Youth Ministry

Through prayer, pursuit, partnership and discipleship, Trinity’s youth ministry seeks to engage our students in real relationship, bring to bear the Gospel in their lives, and equip them to be lifelong followers of Christ.

We want to provide a place to behold the beauty of Jesus in scripture, where questions can be voiced, and where broken people will encounter the love of God together.


Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings and starting in March we will begin:

Living Life Backwards–A study in Ecclesiastes

Living life backwards means taking the one thing in our future that is certain–our mortality–and letting that inform our journey before we get there. It allows us to ask hard questions and these bring us to Jesus. Considering our limitations as humans can actually help us receive life as a gift, freeing us to live faithfully for God’s glory.

Winter Youth Sunday School

Middle School Girls Sunday School
The middle school girls will be studying the gospel of John this semester looking at questions like “Who is Jesus” and “Why did he come?” Susan Marshall is teaching this class. Once a month, the girls and guys will have a “Questions Sunday” together where we discuss anonymous questions from students.


Middle School Guys Sunday School
New City Catechism is a modern-day resource aimed at helping students learn the core of the Christian faith via 52 questions and answers. This fall we will be in Part 2: Christ, Redemption, and Grace. We tackle questions like “What is faith in Jesus Christ?” and “Where does faith come from?” Stephen Bates is teaching this class. Once a month, the girls and guys will meet together to have a “Questions Sunday” where we discuss anonymous questions from students.

High School Sunday School
The book of Ruth offers the help we need to love our neighbor, endure rejection, cultivate community, and to embrace the most unloveable around us, as we have been embraced by Jesus. Taught by Julia & Ned Gibson

Meet Stephen Bates, Our Assistant Pastor of Youth & Families

Stephen came to Trinity in 2016 as the assistant pastor of Youth and Families. After graduating Covenant College with a BA in Biblical Studies, Stephen attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO and graduated with a Master’s of Divinity. Prior to coming to Trinity, Stephen had the privilege of being a youth intern at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church and Trinity. Stephen and Anna have been married for five years and have a baby on the way!

Formative books in Stephen’s life are The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbs, Gilead by Marylin Robinson, In the Name of Jesus by Henry Nouwen, Imperfect Pastor by Zach Eswine and (surprise, surprise) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Stephen enjoys cooking with unfamiliar ingredients, quality children’s books, chilling with his dog Sal, podcasts, trail running with friends, and every aspect of life with Anna.

If you have questions or need more information, please email

Previously at Trinity

Lead Pastor, Chad Smith, preached on Abiding Love

SERMON TEXT: 1 John 4:7-21


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