401 SE 15th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
"Where the LESS than perfect are MORE than welcome!"

Youth Ministry

The Harbor – 321 SE 15th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Middle Schoolers: 6th – 8th Grade

High Schoolers: 9th – 12th Grade

Ministry Contact:
Interim Director of Youth & College Ministries
Chandler Gelb
(954) 232-4378

The Harbor

Breakthru 2019
December 29, 2018 – January 2, 2019

Breakthru is a spiritual retreat for our high school students and 8th graders. This is a great opportunity to start the year off right with insightful sermons, fellowship and fun! For our 8th graders this is a awesome way to get to know fellow students before Confirmation starts when we get back.

We will be leaving the evening of December 29 and driving through the night via charter bus to Timber Creek Camp in Pulaski, Mississippi. We will then return during the afternoon on January 2.

Space is limited. To pay your $100 reservation, CLICK HERE.

Sunday Youth Group & Choir

5 – 6 p.m. Middle School Youth Group & High School Kirk Singers Rehearsal

6 – 6:30 p.m. $5 Dinner in the Fellowship for all students

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. High School Youth Group & Middle School Chapel Singers Rehearsal

High School Small Group Alpha Youth

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More About Us!

Making disciples of Jesus Christ, it’s a simple goal with enormous impact.We understand that real ministry happens in real life, which is why we seek to be out in the community where we can make a difference. The Youth Ministry at First Pres employs a relational model, and a number of volunteers to mentor and walk alongside our students and families.

 The Harbor at the Hoch Youth Center

In September 2013, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale opened its newly renovated Youth Center. Spanning 3,000 square feet, on two floors, The Harbor at the Hoch Youth Center is located on the First Presbyterian Church campus in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale in the quaint, picturesque Colee Hammock neighborhood. This newly renovated space provides a safe and welcoming environment for youth to socialize, study and interact in featuring spaces for small and large group gatherings and a media room with all the latest technology.


Meet Our Team!

Chandler Gelb

Interim Director of Youth & College Ministries

Chandler has been a member of First Presbyterian for most of her life. Her background at First Pres makes her uniquely qualified to work with our Youth & College Ministry. Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:2.

Simeon Rodgers

Intern for Youth & Young Adult Ministries 

Simeon joined the First Presbyterian Church team in March 2016 after completing The World Race. He helps out with planning bible studies, leading activities, and brainstorming creative ways to keep our youth engaged with Christ. His favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians, 9:19.

"Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12