Students

PURSUE the Lord, EQUIP the saints, BUILD disciples

Our student ministry team is passionate about partnering with middle and high school students as they walk with Christ and join in God’s mission. As students enter this formative period in their lives, West Jackson Students desires to create a space for students to grow in their faith.

High School Camp: June 22 – June 26*
Panama City Beach, FL  |  Cost: $400

Middle School Camp: July 27-30
Union University  |  Cost: $200

*Pending all-clear from our medical advisory team on June 1

Meet Our Ministry Team

JOSH WARD, STUDENT PASTOR

Josh is married to Kelsey and grew up at West Jackson. He has a heart for the local church and for helping students take their next step in their relationship with Jesus Christ. His passion for students revolves around them understanding more about who God is, and what God has called them to do. He has a vision for connecting students with godly adult volunteers who can disciple those students into followers of Christ. His goal for student ministry is to train students to go out into the world to reach others for Christ, and to fall in love with serving God and the local church.

MANDY WILSON, GIRLS MINISTER

Mandy is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. She attended Union University where she graduated in 2019. At her high school summer camp in 2014, Mandy felt an undeniable call to full-time ministry, specifically to teen girls. With a passion for encouraging teen girls in their walk with Christ, she finds the greatest joy in adding a new sister to the family of Christ. In addition to that, she desires for the girls in her ministry to find their worth in who their Creator says they are and nothing else

CHANDLER HAYNES, STUDENT MINISTRY ASSOCIATE

Chandler has a heart for student ministry. He has personally experienced the impact that discipleship can make in the life of a student, and as a result, he desires for all students to become amazed by who God is and what He has done for them. Chandler dedicated his life to ministry in January of 2018 and has been pursuing that commitment every day since. Chandler is a Jackson local and currently attends Union University, where he is earning a degree in Christian Ministry with a minor in Spanish.

LYDIA WALKER, CREATIVE ARTS DIRECTOR

Lydia is passionate about using her musical gifts to worship with believers. She loves to teach students how to lead worship while also leading our worship band at retreats and camps. She also has a passion for discipling young girls in their walk with Christ. She will graduate this May from Union University with a degree in music and a minor in Christian Ministry and Missions. Lydia and her husband, Jeff, love hiking, camping, and opening their home as a way to share the good news of Jesus.

Parent Resources: Family Discipleship Path!

At West Jackson, we offer a simple but comprehensive discipleship plan that can empower your family to lead your children in the faith with confidence. Click here to learn how you can receive encouragement and resources along your child’s journey of faith.

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