Who are we?

Emerge Youth Ministries is a ministry of Tri-City Baptist Temple. Under the leadership of our Senior Pastor Ken McCormick and the direct leadership of Youth Pastor Kreig Durham, we aim to fulfill the mission of the church as it relates to teenagers in grades 6-12.

1 Peter 2:9 tells us, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”  The calling of a born-again believer in Christ is to emerge (to come out) from our darkness–the sinful past/fleshly nature we all have–and continuously merge (become one) with the image of the Son of God.

When do we meet?

Sundays @ 9:45 am in the Teen Center

Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm in the Teen Center

Sundays are a traditional Sunday School environment with worship music, time to socialize and encourage each other, and a Bible lesson.

Wednesdays are more relaxed, with games, worship music, and a discussion-based Bible study.

What do you need to know?

We have two separate classes for Middle School (6th-8th) and High School (9th-12th). These classes meet at the same time on separate floors of the Teen Center. We welcome all kinds of students, so just come in and get to know us! We teach the Bible as truth and learn how it applies to our lives right now. If you have a Bible, bring it with you. Otherwise, we have extras here.

Our Values

Love – We show compassion, concern and care for others because we first have been loved by Christ.

Excitement – We strive to create an environment that attracts youth and families, both members and non-members.

Growth – We endeavor to be lifelong disciples who are continually growing in our faith.

Welcome – We seek to live as a unique community of faith in which everyone feels welcome.

Our Mission

The mission of our youth department is to develop young people who are rooted and built up in Christ’s love and who are committed to Christ’s mission. We believe loving God and loving others is the foundation of the church, and we aim to develop this in the lives of students and their families.

Our Youth Pastor

Kreig is the Youth Pastor of Tri-City Baptist Temple in Gladstone, Oregon. He and his wife Amanda have been with the church since June 2015. Kreig graduated from Bible college in California in 2012 and has a burden to see America’s churches brought back to vitality and growth. He is also an avid gamer and loves all things Sci-Fi.

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