Grace is a church that seeks to know the full life found in Jesus Christ and to share that life with those in Starkville and around the world. Each of our ministries at Grace are called to reflect this vision. In the context of Youth Ministry, we view the covenant family as central to the life of each student. At Grace we have four distinctives of a family based youth ministry:
Distinctive 1 is to affirm and assist the family role in the life of each student. The youth ministry will reinforce the healthy Christian values found at home; serve the parents by equipping them through training and teaching; create opportunities for families to grow together through fellowship, service and teaching opportunities.
Distinctive 2 is to create a community among youth age students; peer relationships aimed at strengthening and encouraging each other towards Christian maturity. Due to the nature of teenagers and their unique development stage, it is important for them to develop relationships with each other and form an identity as a group.
Distinctive 3 is to integrate youth into the extended church. It is important for students to not only develop relationships with each other but also be included as a part of the whole church body. Therefore students will be encouraged to develop relationships with the whole church by using their gifts and abilities to assist the church in its worship and work.
Distinctive 4 is to engage non-Christian youth and their families. The youth ministry will equip students and families to engage non-Christian students and families by proclaiming to them the good news of Jesus Christ. As students and families share their faith with others, the youth ministry will serve as an entry point into the church. Ultimately as we reach out to non-Christians we want to reach the family not just the student, encouraging parents to engage parents as youth engage youth.


Meet our Youth Leaders:

Emily Benson
Emily Benson is from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. She is currently a student at Mississippi State University studying Secondary Education. After growing up in a Christian home, she became a Christian during her freshman year of college. Now a senior, she is involved in RUF, spends her summers working with children at Twin Lakes Camp, and hopes to continue in ministry work. During her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring new places, and spending time with friends.
Nathan Lowery

Nathan Lowery grew up in Georgia and went to high school in Zachary, Louisiana. He is a senior at Mississippi State majoring in Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in Urban Forestry. Nathan loves the outdoors, sports, and coffee shops!