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Discipleship Team

Discipleship Team

Discipleship Team

The Discipleship Team is a group of devoted, God-seeking students committed to serving our Lord, the churches we visit and each other in a way that glorifies Christ. Our team has prepared and studied workshops on a number of issues youth face and battle every day, which we make available every weekend to every church. Our goal is to work with the church so as to increase the knowledge of the youth and promote the benefit of applied knowledge to ultimately glorify God. We want to love you, hang out with you and help you grow towards a true and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ.


Jake Smejkal

Discipleship Team Leader & Speaker

Jake Smejkal

 

YQ E-mail: jsmejkal@liberty.edu
Hometown: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Year: Senior
Major: Pastoral Leadership & Biblical Exposition
Why YQ? I have a tremendous desire to see youth grow in their walks with God, and deepen their relationships with Him.  YouthQuest is a wonderful means to magnify the glory of God by ministering to today's youth.

 


Justice Barker

Discipleship Team Member

Molly Evans

 

YQ E-mail: jbarker6@liberty.edu
Hometown: Kannapolis, North Carolina
Year: Sophomore
Major: Double Major: Global Studies and Family & Child Development
Why YQ? I have such a heart to love on students who are broken and need to hear that they are loved. YouthQuest provides the perfect oppurtunity to do so. Also, it's given me a chance to live life and do ministry with a group of people who love The Lord and desire to serve Him above all else.


Sebastian Hernandez

Discipleship Team Member & Speaker

Sebastian Hernandez

 

YQ E-mail: sshernandez@liberty.edu
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Year: Senior
Major: Pastoral Leadership & Biblical Exposition
Why YQ? I believe God has placed me here so that I may glorify Him to the best of my ability. By His grace I can share the good news of Jesus Christ with people all over. I have no doubt that God will do incredible things in the lives of many youth through this team. I am truly blessed to be part of such an amazing ministry.


Justice Gilbert

Discipleship Team Member

Justice Gilbert

 

YQ E-mail: jlgilbert8@liberty.edu
Hometown: Vergennes, Vermont
Year: Junior
Major: Worship Studies: Songwriting
Why YQ? I decided to apply for YouthQuest because God had been continually growing a passion in my heart to share Christ with people. I was also craving a close knit family of believers that had the same passion that I had and that I could confide in. I love building friendships and really digging deep into people's lives. I am so excited to build these kinds of relationships with teens and share Christ with them!


   

Sam Nelson

Discipleship Team Member & Speaker

Mike Hines

 

YQ E-mail: snelson81@liberty.edu
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Year: Junior
Major: Youth Ministries
Why YQ? I absolutely strive to love God and I love to see other people love God too!


Hannah Rudy

Discipleship Team Member / Women's Leader

Hannah Rudy

 

YQ E-mail: hrudy2@liberty.edu
Hometown: Leesburg, Virginia
Year: Junior
Major: Music & Worship
Why YQ? YouthQuest is awesome opportunity to minister to students during a vital time in their lives and our's. Being so close to their age, we give students a unique perspective on life and faith. I've seen God do so much through the people on this team. I have absolutely loved my time on YouthQuest! The Lord has really blessed this ministry.

 


Lindsey Swartz

Discipleship Team Member

Hannah Rudy

 

YQ E-mail: leswartz@liberty.edu
Hometown: Natural Bridge, Virginia
Year: Junior
Major: Worship Studies
Why YQ? What attracted me the most to YouthQuest was the passion each team member had for Jesus Christ; the maturity of faith I saw in them was SO much greater than I had ever noticed in other believers I've met and come to know. I saw the Holy Spirit work in very powerful and different ways than I had ever seen [at a YouthQuest DNOW this past spring] and it has forever changed my heart and the way I look at student ministry. I can say it is SOLELY by God's grace I have been able to come on this team, and God is shaping me into a huge ball of joy and is constantly growing my passion to share His Word to young students. Being around these team members has set my heart ablaze to go after young souls with all my might. As we opened training week with prayer, we prayed about things I had been praying for throughout this past summer, and in those moments of prayer I knew without a doubt God had divinely placed me on this team. I am extremely blessed beyond words I can even express, and I mean that with my whole heart.