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: Director of Youth & College Ministries  

Chandler Gelb (954) 598-9361

The Harbor

Rising 9th Graders through graduated Seniors are encouraged to join us for our mission trip this summer. This year we will be working with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. We will be staying on their campus in their dorms. They partner with Open Hand Ministries, where we will be working on local construction projects. We will also be working with Garfield Farms, which is an urban farming ministry. These two organizations support the mission of Pittsburgh Theological’s Fred Rogers Institute of creating compassionate and loving students to support our neighbors. Over this week we will learn what it means to truly love and support our neighbors and how we can do that not just on a mission trip, but in Fort Lauderdale.


This will include airfare, housing, and meals.

*students will be responsible for purchasing lunch and dinner on travels days.

$325 deposit due at sign up 

Rising 6th graders and middle schoolers join us for The Great Escape 2019!

The Great Escape is held at Southwind a YoungLife Camp in Ocklawaha, FL. The trip is hosted by Youth Conference Ministries. Students will have an opportunity to make friends, play giant, huge, crazy, messy games, and experience life-changing worship. This is the ultimate summer trip and you absolutely do not want to miss out on it!

July 26-30, 2019

You can pay online and submit your paperwork to the church office or via email chandlerg@firstpres.cc to sign-up


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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.


Coming Fall 2019
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

Meet Our Team!

Chandler Gelb

Director of Youth & College Ministries

Chandler is a native of Fort Lauderdale and has attended First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale since childhood. Her background at First Pres makes her uniquely qualified to work with our Youth & College Ministry. Chandler’s 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. Simeon’s favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians, 9:19.

Erin Acton

Intern for Youth Ministry 

Erin grew up heavily involved in First Presbyterian Church and she is excited to give back and work with the youth. Erin will be entering her senior year at the University of Florida in the fall as a psychology major and plans to become a Christian counselor. She is thankful to be in ministry this summer and looks forward to building relationships and sharing her faith with students. Erin’s favorite scripture is 1 John 4:19

"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