Welcome to Grace Presbyterian Church: High School Ministries! Below you can find out more about groups to join, team leader introduction/contact info, events, news, and more!
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10 NIV
Phil grew up in the suburbs of Chicago (yes, snow is real). After studying International Relations at Western Kentucky University for two years, Phil decided to put his faith in Jesus and began a process of growing deeply. After some time at home, he put all of his trust in the Lord and transferred to Taylor University in Upland, Indiana where he majored in Christian Ministry. While at Taylor, Phil was able to take mission trips around the country and the world, including to Memphis, Chicago, and Israel.
It was also at Taylor that met his wife, Lauren; the two were married in November 2018. After Taylor Phil and Lauren moved down to Houston in March of 2018 to work as the Middle School Outreach Director at Memorial Drive Presbyterian. He began working at Grace in November of 2019 as the Director of Youth Ministry!
In his free time, Phil enjoys watching college football, volunteering with Young Life, and being outside. Phil has a passion for students and their families, and for seeing them grow in their walk with Christ. He enjoys building relationships with students and earns the right to be heard by them by showing up at sports games, plays, talent shows, school lunches, and just about anywhere else you can find our students. Phil is an enthusiastic leader and strives to make Jesus visible in Grace’s student ministry with the help of his incredible staff and faithful volunteer leaders.
Amber is a native Houstonian and grew up in Sugar Land, TX. In 2015, she graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Fort Bend and went off to college at Baylor University. Amber originally started school wanting to pursue a psychology degree knowing she wanted to be in a profession that helped people relationally. However, after one Intro to Psychology course her first semester of college, the Lord made it evidently clear to her that was not the career path she was meant to take. It was not until she started becoming involved with the Baptist Student Ministry and Youth Ministry Teams on Baylor’s campus did she begin to realize she had a heart and calling for ministry. She officially changed her major to “Religion” with a focus on vocational ministry.
Throughout her college experience, Amber was a student intern for two different churches in the Houston area and participated in many local and international mission trips. It was during these internships that God revealed her passion for student ministry in leading students, loving on them, and doing life with them!
Amber graduated from Baylor in May of 2019 where she expected to get a job out of college right away, but instead, was met with a long season of wait and total dependence on the Lord. It was in this seven-month season of waiting that God began to do some major work and pruning in Amber’s life like never before. He allowed her faith to be tested in the waiting and uncertainty as she learned to fully trust and lean on a good and faithful God.
In December of 2019, Amber came on staff at Grace as the Student Associate over Middle School! She keeps saying she is on her “best adventure yet” and it is so true! If you want to hear a really cool God story, ask her about how God brought her to Grace!!
In her free time, Amber loves to hang out with friends and family. All of her “people” are in Houston, and when they are together, they all enjoy trying out new restaurants, coffee shops, and being outside. Besides this, Amber also volunteers with a young adult ministry at the church she grew up at. On weekends you will find Amber most likely soaking up the sun, jamming to some good music, or hanging with her cat and dog.
Amber’s passion for student ministry has only grown as time has gone on. She loves spending time with students, getting to know their families, and being able to walk with them in their relationship with Christ. Nothing brings her more joy than watching students light up with the love of God and be on fire for wanting to know Jesus, chase after Him, and wanting to look more like Him.
Amber is a gentle, steadfast leader who cares deeply about people and the Church. She wants to make Jesus visible within this student ministry, at Grace, the surrounding community, and the world.
Daniel was born and raised in Houston, TX. He has been involved at Grace his entire life, where his parents (Traci and Earl) have been members since 1991. Daniel attended Grace School and spent his high school years at Grace serving in Children’s Ministries as often as he could. In 2016, he graduated from Houston Christian High School and began attending Baylor University the following semester. He originally pursued a major in Journalism with the intention of becoming a sports broadcaster, where he thought his gift of speaking almost nonstop could be used effectively. However, in the spring semester of his sophomore year, Jesus began to lead him towards ministry. That semester, he switched his major to Religion with a focus on Practical Studies.
Although he chose to put his faith in Jesus in middle school, Daniel’s personal relationship and outward profession of Christ truly developed within the next two years of college. He spent his summers interning with Grace’s Student Ministries and the school years serving as a Community Leader in his residence hall at Baylor, serving students as often as he could. Daniel began to develop a passion for encouraging students and sharing what Christ’s love can look like in their lives. In May 2020, Daniel graduated from Baylor University with a major in Religion and began working at Grace as a Student Ministries Associate!
Daniel loves sports (of any kind... seriously, just ask), Chick-fil-A, and listening to music. He loves quality time with his family and friends, but he loves meeting new people too! Daniel is a firm believer that Christ can use anyone’s stories to impact others, so he loves hearing how Jesus is working in others’ lives. He loves being there for others and being there for the things that matter most for his students. Daniel is an encourager and strives to make Jesus visible in every way he can. He couldn’t be more excited to serve the very church that served him so well his entire life!
HANG in the PARK
Friday, June 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bendwood Park (12700 Kimberley Lane)
To kickoff the fun events we have in store for Middle School and High School students this summer, we are having a park day at Bendwood Park! We want students to bring their own food, come hang out with friends, and play some games! Students should wear clothes they can move around in.
SUNDAY DEVO (Sundays, 11 a.m.)
Instagram: grace.middleschool & grace.highschool
Amber will give a weekly lesson on the Middle School Instagram page, and Daniel will do the same thing on the High School Instagram page. As always, if you missed past lessons, or if you want to go back and watch them again, we post them on our YouTube channel as well. They can be found HERE.
with DANIEL on Tuesdays, noon
HS Associate Daniel Baudin invites students to a different place near Grace for lunch. This is available for any and all high school students — bring friends! He will announce the location each Friday in the Student Ministries parent email and again on Monday on Instagram (grace.highschool).
High School: Thursday, June 25, 7-8 p.m.
Bible studies are available for the summer for both the High School guys and girls! Middle School and High School will alternate weeks. It is a great opportunity to spend time in fellowship and in the Word!
Thursday, June 25:
- High School girls will meet at Sweet Paris in City Centre (797 Sorella Ct.).
- High School boys will meet at the Sonic near Beltway 8 and I-10 (1201 West Sam Houston Pkwy N).
Monday, June 29 (to avoid travel for the Fourth of July):
- Middle School girls will meet at the Sonic near Beltway 8 and I-10 (1201 West Sam Houston Pkwy N).
- High School boys will meet at Sweet Paris in City Centre (797 Sorella Ct.).
10:15 – 11 a.m. / Massey Tucker 207 (High School Room)
Note: Due to coronavirus, Sunday morning programs are currently suspended.
Crowded House Small Groups
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