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Bio


5 Churches: 1 Community

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Bio


5 Churches: 1 Community

 

 

The Bend Youth Collective creates space for all students to become more whole, belong in community & participate in the peacemaking way of Jesus.  

Since 2010, First Presbyterian has partnered with Nativity Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal to bring this vision to life. Bend Church (formerly First United Methodist Church) and Grace First Lutheran Church (ELCA)  have now joined the group. Our middle and high school students enjoy growing in relationship with God and each other as we meet weekly, engage in community service, go on retreats and have plenty of fun along the way.

We like to say . . . 5 churches: 1 community + 5 traditions: 1 faith + 5 histories: 1 future

Photography courtesy of Dane Breslin
 

Staff


Staff


Bend Youth Collective Staff

The Bend Youth Collective was the brainchild of a few youth ministers almost a decade ago now. Today, These three women make up the staff of the BYC, along with an incredible group of volunteers deriving largely from the churches that have them on staff. 

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Morgan Schmidt

Director of the BYC

Morgan Schmidt has been working as a Director of the Bend Youth Collective going on four years. She works at First Presbyterian Church as the Director of Youth and twenty-somethings. She leads the TAP service at FPC on Sunday evenings as an alternative worship service for young adults. She is also the author if the fabulous ministry book Woo, which she wrote for her dear friend Rob Bell. 

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Leigh DeVries

Associate Director of BYC

Leigh DeVries joined the BYC staff in August of 2017. Bend Church and Nativity Lutheran Church both count Leigh as their Director of Youth Ministry. She hails from Nashville, TN, where she worked as a youth minister for two years. She has an MDiv and MA in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. 

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Shanna Sharp

Associate Director of BYC

Shanna is a mother extraordinaire of four who is so incredible as to love spending extra time with more young people, beyond her own four children. She works as the Director of Youth Ministry at Grace First Lutheran Church in Sunriver.