Welcome, Will Locke, our new Youth Minister!

We are excited to welcome Will Locke as LaGrange First Methodist’s newYouth Minister! Will is from Huntsville, Alabama, where his parents still reside. He grew up in the faith at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where his mother serves as the Children’s Minister. As Will put it, he was there “every time the doors were open and sometimes even when they weren’t.” In high school, Will began to discern a call to youth ministry, and that passion lead him to become the third generation from his family to attend Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Asbury is grounded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and has a strong reputation for producing excellent ministers of the Christian Church. 

While in school, Will attended Wilmore UMC, was actively involved in Spiritual Life on campus, and was president of the Youth Ministry Club.  He graduated with honors with a B.A. in Youth Ministry and a minor in Bible and Theology. In his free time Will enjoys hanging out with friends, watching or playing sports, reading, or drinking a good cup of coffee.

Our search for a new Youth Minister included student, parent, and volunteer input — as well as unanimous support from the Youth Search Committee and Staff Parish Relations Committee. We are confident Will is the right person to lead our Student Ministry and congregation faithfully into the future. We hoped to find someone who could love our students, equip our adults, grow our program, and seek to better connect youth and their families to the transformative love of Jesus Christ. Once you meet Will, we are sure you will agree that he is the right person to do just that.

Throughout the interview process, Will impressed our search committee with his passionate calling, organizational skills, communication, relational focus, theological depth, and genuine love of Jesus Christ. At First United Methodist, we value intentional excellence and believe that Will Locke’s excellent intentionality can be of great value to our team. In making this hire, we also recognize the need for strong support and gracious guidance as he faces new challenges and experiences. We want to encourage our church family to invest in Will and his calling, enabling him to invest in our student ministries and congregation. We are excited about the future of LaGrange First Methodist Student Ministries and excited to see what God has in store! 

Regular Youth Activities

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are limiting in-person contact for the safety and well-being of our church family. Below are our Youth Ministry’s pre-pandemic scheduled meeting times. Currently we are not meeting for Sunday School during the summer but are having limited small-group activities outdoors with appropriate social-distancing guidelines.

Sunday School: Youth Sunday school classes meet from 10:00 am – 10:45 am on the 2nd floor of the Methodist Ministries Center in the Youth Worship Center.  These classes are geared toward spiritual growth, with a focus on helping students to better understand the many stories, figures, and events found in the biblical text.

Sunday Night LIVE: Select Sunday nights throughout the year our youth gather to have a night of fun and fellowship in the Methodist Ministries Center. The night consists of dinner, games, worship, and a lesson. Students meet from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm — FREE DINNER!  All high school and middle school students are welcome to join in!

Wednesday Night Activities

Hang Time: Our high school and middle school lounges open for Hang Time every Wednesday at 4:00 pm. Hang Time is a time for students to relax and socialize with their friends and classmates. Students can play video games, catch up on homework, or spend time chatting.

Wednesday Night Dinner: Dinner starts at 5:00 pm in the gym area of the Methodist Ministries Center. The menu changes weekly and the cost is $3.00.

Small Groups: Youth small groups meet every Wednesday night in various rooms of the Ministry Ministry Center from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. These intimate gatherings are meant to offer students a grow and connect with each other. Groups are divided up based on gender and grade levels. Groups are led adult volunteers with a passion for ministry and who care deeply for our youth.

Ways to Stay Informed

We understand that students and parents have busy schedules. That is why we have a variety of ways for you to stay up-to-date on all the things that are going on with our youth.

Mid-High Facebook
Sr. High Facebook

Remind Text Updates

Send a text to 81010 with either the mid-high or senior high class code entered in the body of the message. Class codes are listed below.
Mid-High – @midhighlg
Sr. High – @srhighlg

We hope you will apply for the Richard Linch Scholarship. 

Scholarship Link: Richard Linch Scholarship Application

The qualifications are as follows:

  1. Complete application with essay and transcript by the last Sunday in March.
  2. Be an active participant in both church and youth activities.
  3. Have one letter of recommendation.
  4. Enroll in an accredited college either for summer or fall classes for the upcoming school year.
  5. Participate in a short interview the second week of April.

Please return your completed application to Rev. Ben Wills or Will Locke.