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

Welcome to Grand Lake Youth, a place for 5th-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 5th-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.


Grand Lake Youth meets many Wednesdays throughout the summer.  Check out the events below to find out what we are up to.  When we meet in the summer we meet from 6:00-8:00pm.

Each summer the Grand Lake Youth have the opportunity to attend Lakeside for Youth and Appalachian Service Project.


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.

Dana Sheets

Directer of Emerging Generations
Dana joined Grand Lake in 2003, when she and her husband, Doug, got married. They love the community and family they have gained at Grand Lake UMC. She has always been active with kids and youth, both in the church and in the local schools. Through these opportunities, God led her to the youth and to serve in the Greenhouse since 2017. She loves constantly being inspired with all the youth has to offer. Dana lives with her family, including three children; Megan, Joshua and Claire in the peaceful countryside of Mercer County. In her free time, she enjoys being a sub in the school cafeteria, yoga, reading, dad jokes, 9 Square and traveling.

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 3rd year serving with the Grand Lake Youth.

Ryan Snyder

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 3 years now.

Rachel Williams

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 2nd year serving with Grand Lake Youth.

Brad Pennington

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.

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.