Student Ministries at WMC

Our Jr. and Sr. High Students are learning to live a life of a Christ follower. We pray for each other, study God’s Word, and have a blast! We go to camp, on missions trips, attend conferences, and have retreats. We encourage each other daily on Facebook and through text messages.

Sunday Night “Inside Out” – Our regular youth group gathering. At Inside Out we’re all about encouraging each other to grow closer to Christ. It’s not just about gaining more knowledge about God it’s about relationship with a God who loves us and with other teenagers who are searching, struggling and growing at their own level of maturity and at their own pace.

Jr. High “LIVE” – this two year class meets on Sunday morning and focuses on helping students gain a better understanding of the foundations of Christianity. Topics include Old and New Testament overview, the Lord’s Prayer, the life of Jesus, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, as well as numerous hot topics. One of the keys to the success of this class is parent-student involvement during the week.

High School "Rooted" - this Sunday morning class is a great chance for us to build community together, spend time praying for each other, explore the Word, and encouraging each other. In short, do life together.

Tom Edwards | Student Ministries co-Director

Tom is a grown up big kid at heart who loves working with the youth. He has two great boys and a lovely wife, Melissa. Has been with Wonderful Mercy since 2004. He is an avid fisherman. Tom's motto is, "Life is a journey, full of different chapters. Some good, some not. But they all tie into the next chapter. What's your next chapter gonna be?" Tom led youth ministry at his previous church and has actively worked with the Wonderful Mercy's students since 2011.

Mike Niileksela | Student Ministries Co-Director

Mike became a member of the Deacon Board in early 2017. In addition, he is serving as a coach for the Jr. High and High School youth ministry at WMC. Mike has worked in the manufacturing field for 20+ years, leading teams of people through many successful projects and positive company growth. Mike and Jennifer stay busy with their four children, ranging from early elementary school through high school. He and Jennifer enjoy their time together hiking, sneaking out to a quick movie, or dinner date.


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