Youth Group

Together, we RECEIVE, CELEBRATE, and SHARE God’s love for us in Christ.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…

Deuteronomy 6:6–7a

what is youth group?

Youth Group is a place for the young people, grades 7–12, in our church to hang out to receive, celebrate, and share God’s love for us in Christ.

We receive God’s love for us in Christ by studying the Bible together to better understand who God is and all that he has done, and continues to do, for us in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

We celebrate God’s love for us in Christ by coming together in worship to sing God’s praises as our grateful response to His amazing grace.

We share God’s love for us in Christ by coming together for fellowship and fun to encourage one another and to testify to the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work in our lives.

As a ministry, our ultimate goal is to glorify God (Rev. 4:11) by nurturing the next generation (Prov. 22:6) to be wise, faithful, and loving disciples of Christ (Matthew 10:16), who proclaim his gospel through words of grace and lives of service in Lancaster County and beyond (Mark 16:15).

Sunday School Classes

Senior High Students
Holy Sexuality and the Gospel


Taught by Rev. Matt Collins, Elder Paul Rogers, & Dr. Walt Mueller

Located in LL9

Junior high boys


Taught by Tim Fanus and Jack Deweese

  Located in the Annex

Junior High Girls


Taught by Hannah Barry

Located in the Annex

When & Where is youth group?

Sunday School at 9:30am & Wednesdays from 6:20 to 7:45pm

Westminster Youth Room Lower Level (LL9)

Our main Youth Group gathering is Wednesday nights. Students are welcome anytime after 5:30pm; and can stay to play sports or other games until 9:00pm.

Please continue to check our calendar/schedule for other fun events and meetings that are happening throughout the year!



Rev. Matthew Collins - Associate Pastor of Youth

Matthew grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire. After high school he served in the Air Force as a mechanic on the F-15 fighter jet for several years. It was during his time in the military that he began to sense the Lord’s call on his life to the ministry. And after receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he studied and graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. While living in Philadelphia, Matthew met his wife, Sue. They have been happily married since 2017 and have two children, Noah and Henry.

Send Matt an email at [email protected]

Jillian Rogers - Youth Ministry Assistant

Jillian joined our church staff in September 2022. Jillian assists Matt Collins in the youth ministry, helping with the planning and organization of programs, leading girls’ Bible studies, and mentoring young women to grow in Christ. She has attended Westminster her whole life and been a member here since 2014. Jillian recently earned her Associates Degree in Education and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s in Religion: Next Generation Ministries through Liberty University’s online program. Much of her ministry experience has come from serving here at the church in both Children and Youth ministries, doing multiple internships, and spending six months serving as Kids and Teens intern at Great Plains Gathering in Billings, Montana.

Send Jillian an email at [email protected]

YOUTH Interns

Evy Park

Evy Park is the daughter of John and Charlene Park. She has been a member since 2021, after her family moved back to the States from South Korea, where they ministered to law students. She is a proud Korean American and attends Wheaton College as a senior English education major, where she serves with clubs like Gospel Choir and International Ministries. Because of her diverse experiences, she is looking forward to gathering the youth of Westminster together to foster a hospitable, inclusive, and loving environment. Evy loves serving with the church’s ESL ministry, VBS and nursery. She is deeply grateful to the Lord for guiding her to this position of leadership.

Send Evy an email at [email protected].

Isaiah Martin

Isaiah Martin is the son of Bart and Kristie Martin. He grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, but moved to Lancaster 3 years ago and has been attending Westminster since then. He just finished his freshman year at Lancaster Bible College and will begin studying business management in the fall. He has played lacrosse for 10 years and plans to continue playing next year. He loves watching and playing sports of any kind, playing recreational games like spikeball and pickleball, and hanging out with friends and family. Isaiah is looking forward to spending time with the youth group and is excited to see how God works this summer!

Send Isaiah an email at [email protected].

2023 Youth Intern Report

Service Opportunites

Student Leadership Team

The Student Leadership Team is about service, and our primary goal is to grow in our ability to serve the kingdom of God by growing spiritually, growing as leaders, and by giving our time, our efforts, and our intentional focus to inviting, welcoming, and encouraging peers in Westminster’s youth ministry. Student leaders also help lead various aspects of the youth ministry, according to their gifts and callings, and provide input on improving youth group, retreats, and events, as well as the topics we talk about in youth group.
If you are interested in growing as leader and serving others in love for God’s glory, then we encourage you to fill out the application below. Thanks for your interest in the student leadership team!


Summer Interns

Westminster’s Youth Ministry looks to hire two college students (one male and one female) from Westminster Church’s membership to serve as full-time summer interns (June–August). Contact Matt Collins ([email protected]) for an application or use the link below. The application deadline is Sunday, March 24, 2024.

Youth Talks 2023