Nurturing the growth of young disciples grades 6th-12th

Growing together.

Whoever you are, wherever you're from, you are welcome here.

Our Student Ministry is made up of students grade 6 through 12. We seek to nurture the growth of young disciples in our church and our community. The core of the Youth Ministry is built around our weekly Sunday School, Wednesday night "PRIMETIME" Bible Studies, and a never ending stream of special events. We also place a very high emphasis on student leadership.


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Weekly Schedule


Sunday School - Every Sunday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the Youth Lounge (Room #129)


Snack Supper - Every Wednesday, we serve a small supper (usually pizza) at 5:30 PM
Wednesday Night Bible Study - After snack supper (6:00 PM) we adjourn to the Youth Lounge for games and bible study.

Sunday School 

 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Continental breakfast served in Student Dining Room at 9:30 a.m. Classes begin at 9:45 a.m.

6th Grade/Confirmation – Room 134 (Feburary - May)
6th-8th Grade – Meets in the Game Room (a.k.a. - "The Cave")
9th-12th Grade - Choose from two different classes: One in Room 132 and one in Room 129
(a.k.a. - the Youth Lounge or "The Pit.")

Wednesday Night Prime Time

5:15 p.m. – Youth Music (Bells & Singing)
5:15 p.m. – Snack Supper in the Student Center Dining Room
6:00 p.m. – Youth Bible Study (There are two separate classes: one for middle school students in the Student Center Game Room and one for high school students in the Student Center Lounge.)
7:00 p.m. - Recreation begins (Join us in the Gym or the Student Center which includes a Game Room, Lounge, Courtyard, & Dining Room! Students may leave anytime after 7:00 p.m. but feel free to hang around and play basketball, Wii, XBOX ONE, pool, foosball, air hockey, ping pong, etc!)


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Troy Hamilton


Sara Holley

Assistant Director

Troy Hamilton


Although, I was raised in a Christian home and attended church religiously (every time the door was open – we were there) I did not become a Christian until the age of 21. Oh, I said the “Jesus, come into my heart” prayer a thousand times but I had never before made a real commitment to Christ; one that I was determined to keep no matter what. When I finally made the decision for real, I knew that being “saved” wasn’t just a phase I was going to go through. I was excited and anxious because I knew my life was going to be different. “I was ready to charge hell with a squirt gun.” So, I began looking for a church home and visited many in Cleveland, Tennessee where I attended school at Lee College (now Lee University).

On Mother’s Day in May of 1994 I visited Burks United Methodist Church in Hixson, Tennessee. I met the Youth Director (Jennifer Richardson) during my first visit and she wasted no time in recruiting me. I have no idea why I agreed to it - but in less than two months after my first visit I began to work with the youth group. It changed my life. Never before was doing the work of the Lord so enjoyable. To me, it was confirmation that God could use "even me" for His plans and purposes. For the first time I finally realized that accepting Jesus was just the beginning of this whole Christianity thing. I always thought that being a Christian would be dull and uneventful. That serving meant that I would have to work constantly – endlessly performing “good works” for God so I could earn salvation or just so He would like me. Through Youth Ministry God showed me purpose, He showed me how He can transform a person’s will into His own; that salvation is free; that serving God (although sometimes hard) was meant to be and really is fulfilling and just plain awesome.

Jennifer groomed me to take over her job as the Director of Burks Student Ministry. I was offered and immediately took the position in April of 1996. I served the Lord at Burks for a total of 15 years.

On June 15, 2009, I became the "Director of Student Ministries" here at First-Centenary United Methodist Church. It has been a non-stop busy exciting ride and I love it! There are so many exciting ministries going on here and we (my family and I) have felt so incredibly welcomed and loved. The students of First-Centenary are awesome and I am so grateful to be a part of this ministry. We plan to be here for a very long time!

Sara Holley

Assistant Director

Sara has been the Assistant Youth Director at First-Centenary since August of 2016. She grew up in Chattanooga and has attended First Centenary for most of her life. She graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and she chews on writing instruments incessantly.