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

8th Grade confirmands & High Schoolers join us on the river for Peace River 2019!

April 5-7, 2019

Email chandlerg@firstpres.cc to sign-up

Rising 8th graders & High Schoolers join us on Mission Trip with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary!

July 6-12, 2019

Email chandlerg@firstpres.cc to sign-up

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

July 26-30, 2019

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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.


Our first 8th grade Confirmation Class was on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 4 – 5 p.m. at The Harbor.  The class will meet each Sunday and will cover what it means to be a Christian and more specifically what it means to be a Presbyterian, and how to further develop our relationship with God. It will culminate on March 17, 2019, Confirmation Sunday.

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

Interim 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. 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