Welcome to the information page of HBC Youth! We exist to Evangelize, Encourage, and Equip teenagers to be focused followers of Christ. This is not an easy task, but it is one God has called us to do. Philippians 4:13 reminds us, “I can do all things through CHRIST which strengtheneth me.” As believers, we are called to not “grow weary in well doing” but instead “press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14) Therefore, through the years, we have developed ways to help our students fulfill God's call in their life by helping them get involved in the Ministries of Hillside Baptist Church
Ministries of HBC Youth
Our ministries to the youth include Bible Study at 10 AM. This time focuses on teaching the Bible to the students in a practical way that can be used through the week. We also include them in corporate worship on Sunday mornings so they can learn to worship God as a body in the church. We have opportunities for them to minister in music in the youth class and in the corporate worship hour of the church.
Youth Summer Bible Camp
Each summer, our youth are encouraged to participate in Bible Camp. Junior Camp is for incoming 5th grade through incoming 8th grade, and Senior Camp is for grades incoming 9th to outgoing 12th. While at camp, our students have an opportunity to participate in Swimming, Team Sports, Singing, Preaching, Song leading, Art, and many other activities. If you have want further information, see the camp website at www.ozarkbaptistcamp.com or call the church office.
On Wednesdays at 6:45 PM during the School Semesters, we encourage the students through an exciting youth service called, FOCUS! This is a fast pace and Christ-centered worship for teens with different themes and games each Wednesday designed to get them excited about what God is doing in their lives, the church, and around the world. Each Semester emphasizes a different Bible passage that is taught and awards are given for those who get involved with scripture memory, bringing guests, and their Bible. Grades 7-12 all meet together during this time in the Youth Department.
Purpose Statement: We exist to evangelize, encourage and equip teenagers to be focused followers of Christ!
Meet our Youth Leaders!
Travis and Megan Whitcher (Left) have been serving with the ministry since August 2016. Travis and Megan grew up at Hillside, and have been serving faithfully in other roles at Hillside. Travis is currently the Jr. High teacher and the Student Pastor. They have two children and a passion for serving Christ together! Travis has a Bachelors of Ministry from a Andersonville Theological Seminary. Travis was ordinated into the gospel Ministry in May of 2022.
Greg & Jennifer Mitchell (Right) have served in church ministry for many years. They bring experience and compassion to this diverse team of youth leaders. They have two children, who attended Heartland Baptist Bible College. They both love Christ and serving him in this role has been a blessing to them!