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 Ministry                                             
Nic Merchant
(954) 598-9361

“I See You” – High School Winter Retreat

January 12-14, 2018 Cost $50

During this season of giving our church is asking us how can we give our very best. Youth Ministry has felt God’s call to serve our community. In Luke 10 a man asks Jesus “Who is my neighbor?” God has put that same question on the heart of our ministry. We will spend the weekend exploring how we can serve our neighbors in our community, we will become informed and empowered through amazing speakers and worship.

Don’t miss out on this powerful and profound experience that we will carry with us throughout our upcoming year.

 I See You – FPC Release

Rebuilding Together Broward – Release & Waiver

Packing List

Contact: Nic, Chandler or Simeon



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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.

8th Grade Confirmation

Confirmation will be starting
 Sunday, January 14th from 3:30-4:30 at The Harbor.
We will be outlining the course and the students will begin to get to know each other. The class will meet each Sunday and cover what it means to be a Christian and more specifically what it means to be a Presbyterian, why we worship the way that we do, and how to further develop our relationship with God. It will culminate on March 18th, Confirmation Sunday.  Please contact Nic Merchant to add your student to the class and with any questions at NicM@FirstPres.cc or 954-598-9361.

Mark your Calendar for these Upcoming Events:
Peace River Trip falls on April 11-13
High School Mission Trip to Palatka, FL- July 8th-13th
Great Escape @ Southwind2 for Middle School- July28-August 1
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.

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.

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.

"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