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

Youth Ministry

Who Can Participate:

Middler Schoolers: 6th – 8th Grade
High Schoolers: 9th – 12th Grade

Ministry Contact:
Director of Youth & College Ministry                                             
Nic Merchant

Our Summer Schedule...


If you would like to download our full Summer calendar, click HERE!

Our Summer Trips & Events

Summer Beach Nights

Beach Night!

Don’t forget to join us this summer for Beach Night!

June 25
July 9
July 23
August 19

We’ll see you at the beach across from Bahia Cabana, by the volleyball courts from 6-8 PM

High School Mission Trip

High School Mission Trip

High Schoolers & 8th Graders get ready because Mission Trip 2017 is coming!
When: July 16 – 21
     Where: Clarkesville, GA
Cost: $350
Middle School Great Escape

Middle School Great Escape

The Great Escape – Southwind Young Life Camp, August 4-9, 2017 – $550

Middle school students from all of the country make their way to this 5-day camp trip with their friends and leaders.

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Wildin' Out Wednesday's

Don’t forget to check the calendar for our WOW dates on the Summer Calendar.

Join us for food, fun, and fellowship every other Wednesday from 6-8 PM

Young Adult Mission Trip

College & Young Adult Mission Trip

Our College students and Young Adult group are going on a mission trip to Guatemala from July 9 -15.

They will be installing water filtration systems, safe stoves, and partaking in local community ministries. For more information, click HERE.

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.

Receive Text Messages for the latest events from The Youth Ministry. To opt-in text ALERT to 22300

Community Service Opportunities

First Press 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!


Nic Merchant

Director of Youth & College Ministry

Nic joined the team at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale on June 1, 2008. He has since overseen and grown the Youth and College Ministry by ensuring that participants nurture their faith in Jesus Christ. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:4-7.

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Chandler Gelb

Intern for Youth & College Ministry

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 where she mentors our students and maintains our social media presence. Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:2.

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Simeon Rodgers

Intern for Youth & College Ministry

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.