Student Ministry

Vision Statement 

Gospel-Centered Students and Families

Mission Statement

Making Disciples

5 Core Values

We Value Gospel-Centered Ministry

A gospel-centered ministry is one where the Gospel is the core message of all we do. Our teaching and discipleship must be Biblical and gospel-centered. This means that the Gospel Story of God’s redemptive work is seen from cover to cover of the Bible and it is the core context from which we teach and equip. The Gospel must drive and motivate our strategy.

We Value Partnership with Parents

We believe that God has given parents the incredible privilege of being the primary disciple-makers of their children. We also believe that the “church” and the “family” need to work together to see the effective growth of students. These two institutions are designed to work hand in hand and not apart from each other. At each step in our process, we are trying to think how we can practically resource, equip, and involve parents as we all seek to disciple students.

We Value Biblical Community

Students need multiple voices saying the same thing about Jesus. God designed people to grow in the context of relationships. The church offers meaningful and authentic relationships which will reinforce a parent’s voice.

We Value Go and Be Ministry

For too long, “church” has been “done” primarily in one location (typically the church building). We want to communicate that the Christian life is not about showing up somewhere once a week. It is not so much about “come and see” as it is “go and be.” Faith is active, alive, and adventurous. An incarnational ministry is one that happens in various location, wherever the Lord has planted us. We believe that our students, in the context of relationships, are the “front door” to the youth ministry at Grace and to Christ. We believe that they are called to lead others to Christ through relationships “as they go” throughout the week.

We Value the Discipleship of Families 

We believe that God has called us to minister to students and to their families. We seek not only for students to know Jesus but also their parents. In concerted prayer, our hope is for every family to be a Gospel-centered family in which Christ is treasured and glorified.

Snapshot of What We Do (Weekly)

Sunday 9:30-10:30 am

  • Co-ed class
  • Fall 2016 Study: The Gospel Project - God the Revealer (1-2 Kings; Isaiah); The Gospel Project - God the Pursuer (Major and Minor Prophets; 2 Chronciles). 

Wednesday 7:00-9:00 pm

Events for 2016

September 2016  

  • Back to School Party. Wednesday, September 7 from 7-9 pm at Grace Community Baptist Church (Bldg. on left side of campus). Free event. 
  • Youth Discipleship Now Weekend. September 23-25.  

October 2016  

  • Yaggie Spooktacular Party. Wednesday, October 26 from 7-9 pm at Grace Community Baptist Church (Bldg. on left side of campus). Free event. 

November 2016  

  • Bethlehem Walk. Wednesday, November 30th from 6-8 pm at Salem Baptist Church (465 Broad Street Road. Manakin, VA 23103). Free event. Please meet at the church by 5:45 pm to carpool. Youth will be dropped off at the church after the event.  

December 2016    

  • Deck the Crosswalk. Wednesday, December 7th from 7-9 pm at Grace Community Baptist Church (Bldg. on left side of campus). Free event. 
  • Youth Christmas Party. Saturday, December 10th from 6-9 pm.  


  • Youth Winter Retreat. February 17-19. The event will be held at the Craft's Lake Gaston Cabin. Our study for the retreat is: Pause.   
Yaggie Communications 

Yaggie Texting Service 

Would you like to receive timely updates on youth happenings? Through Yaggie texts we can remind you of events, let you know of event or program changes, urgent prayer requests, and more. For login information please contact Paul Sheaffer at


You can find the Yaggies on Facebook. This is a closed Facebook group. You can join the group through admin approval.  


Receive timely emails regarding events, programs, and more through the Yaggie email service. To join the email chain please contact Paul Sheaffer at .

Contact Information 

Paul Sheaffer - Student Pastor 

Phone - (804)-740-4148 x.103

Email -