No matter who you are, God loves you and you're welcome here.

Welcome to Grand Lake Youth, a place for 7th-12th graders to connect with friends as they explore life with God. Grand Lake Youth meets in the Greenhouse at the St. Paul's location.
(It's literally a big green house in the parking lot of the church.) 
Grand Lake Youth seeks to REACH 7th-12th graders, right where they are in life.  We want to help youth CONNECT with friends and Jesus.  We provide youth opportunities to GROW in their faith through a deeper relationship with God and their small groups.  Youth will also discover what their role is in a community of believers through SERVICE to others.  

Come hang out with us at the Greenhouse!


Join us at the Greenhouse on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30 pm! Come to play games, build friendships, hear God’s word and grow in small groups. There is also time to hang out with friends and enjoy snacks.



Worship together @ 10:30am
Youth Serve  @ 10 am
Greet, Pass Out Bulletins, Usher, Serve Communion

2nd & 4th Sundays

Meet in the Greenhouse @ 10:30 am for a time of scripture, prayer, and discussion.  DONUTS are provided.


Each summer the Grand Lake Youth have the opportunity to attend Lakeside for Youth and Appalachian Service Project.
Lakeside is a week of spiritual growth and fun!  This trip is June 17-24 in Lakeside, Ohio (on Lake Erie).  Youth who are current 7th -12th graders may go.  The cost is $450.
Appalachian Service Project (ASP) is a mission trip to serve families in the Appalachian Region of the US.  We repair homes to make them warmer, safer, and dryer.  
This trip is July 2-8. The cost is $350 (or $175 for Grand Lake members).


MORE is a time for all youth to ask questions to grow deeper in their faith.  This is open to all High Schoolers until 9:00pm.

Special Events

Grand Lake Youth offers a number of special events each month to help Youth
connect with their peers, grow in their faith, reach out, and serve others.
Find out more by following us on social media or checking out the event links below.

Meet the team.

Liz Trigg

Rodney Hartings

Youth Director
Jack of All Trades
Liz is the Director of Youth and Young Adults at Grand Lake Church. She was formerly a middle school teacher. Liz is attending seminary at the Methodist Theological School of Ohio in Delaware.
You can contact her at
or at the church at 419-586-6621.
Rodney and his wife Cherish live in Montezuma with there children.  He is the lead media technician for the church.  He has been helping the youth with videos, 5th Quarters, tech and on Wednesday nights for at least 4 years now.

Ashley Giesige

Jack of All Trades
Ashley is a former teacher, turned homeschool/stay-at-home-mom to 5 boys ranging in age from 13 down to 2. She and her husband Garrett have been married for 15 years and have been attending Grand Lake UMC since they moved to Celina 5 years ago.  This is Ashley's 2nd year serving with the Grand Lake Youth.

Ryan Snyder

7th Grade Small Group Leader
Ryan is married to Lisa and has three kids, Riley, Ella and Aiden. He enjoys the outdoors and is a Cub Scout leader. He is also often confused for his brother Jason. Ryan has been serving with the youth for 2 years now.

Rachel Williams

8th Grade Small Group Leader
Rachel and her husband, Jonathan, have two wonderful kids, Nolan 13, and Helena 9. They have two dogs, Eddie and Dexter. Rachel works as a 911 Dispatcher at the Mercer County Sheriff's Office. This is her first year serving with Grand Lake Youth.

Brad Pennington

High School Small Group Leader
Brad is married to Melissa. His children Bradley and Ashley are in the youth group. Assisting with the youth is important to him because he values his family and his relationship with God. Brad has been serving with the youth for many years.

Dana Sheets

Seniors Small Group Leader
Dana Sheets is married to Doug and has three children. She loves dad jokes, reading, singing and loosing to the youth at 9 square. She works in the cafeteria at Celina High School.  Dana has been serving with the youth for 5 years.

Connect with Us

To see what else is going on with the Grand Lake Youth check out our events below!


If you are an adult and would like to be a help in the Youth or Children's Ministry, use the button below to let us know.  All servants in the Children & Youth Ministry must be an active member of Grand Lake for 6 months, complete the Servant Profile(found below), undergo a criminal background check, and receive training in our safe sanctuary and other policies and procedures.


We are so excited for your child or youth to join us at Grand Lake. Please use the link below to fill out our online family information sheet so we can keep our records up to date and keep your child or youth as safe as possible.