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

What's Happening in Youth Ministry!

Great Escape 2018

July 28 – August 1
Cost $550 after March 1

Middle School come join us for the greatest trip of the Summer! Subject to availability.

 Permission Slip

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 Medical Release Slip

YCM Release

High School Mission Trip

Palatka, FL
July 8th – 13th 2018

Come join us on an amazing experience this summer. This is an opportunity for our “faith to come alive” and for our youth to bond over being the hands and feet of Christ. We will be working with TeamEffort serving in the local community.  In the past we have worked on various construction projects and facilitated a VBS.  The price is $400.

FPC Release

Team Effort Release

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More About Us!

weekly programming

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.
Please contact Nic Merchant to add your student to the class and with any questions at NicM@FirstPres.cc or (954) 598-9361.

Community Service Opportunities

First Pres is looking to train a student in Audio, Visual equipment. Our Contemporary service uses state of the art, video and sound board equipment that we would like to train a student in. This could lead into many service hours through the year and be a continuing opportunity for a high school student interested in this field. Please contact Nic with questions and interest.

Contact Nic Merchant for service hour opportunities at NicM@FirstPres.cc

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