Student Ministries

Grades 6-12

Student Ministries

Central Students is a place for middle and high school students to connect with other students, grow in their faith, and go tell others about what Jesus has done in their lives. Join us during our Wednesday night services or our Sunday morning Community Groups.


All volunteers pass a background check. We also employ an off-duty police officer, as well as our own security team to ensure your student’s safety.

First Time Guests

Stop by our Welcome Center in the lobby on Sunday mornings, where our volunteers will escort you to the student area. On Wednesday nights, you can head straight to the first floor of the Family Life Center where the student ministry meets.



We’re happy to answer your questions in person on the weekend, or you can email John Pridgen at:

Meet The Student Pastor

John Pridgen

John has been in student ministry for eight years now having served in parachurch student ministry for five and a half years and church student ministry for two and a half years. He graduated with a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Athens College of Ministry in 2015. He has been serving at Central since June 2018.

Join Us Weekly

Sunday A.M.

On Sunday mornings, we have Community Groups from 9:45 – 10:45 am. Community Groups are a great opportunity for students to connect with each other and build community while studying God’s Word. Middle School groups are broken up by grade and gender, and High School groups are broken up by grade. We use Explore the Bible Curriculum that takes students through 13 week studies on a book of the Bible. Both Middle School and High School meet on the first floor of the Family Life Center. After Community Groups, we have a Next Gen Service at 11:00 am that is designed specifically with our students and the next generation in mind.

Sunday P.M

Sunday Nights function as Connect Nights for our student ministry. These are fellowship driven nights that give students the opportunity to connect in a laid back environment. Details about each Sunday evening are always communicated through social media and email platforms. In the past these nights have included a variety of activities including corn mazes and ice skating all the way to game nights at someone’s home.

Wednesday P.M.

Our Wednesday Night worship service begins at 6:30 pm each night with the doors opening at 6:00 pm on the first floor of the Family Life Center. Students will worship and hear a message, which will then lead into a talkback small group time that lasts roughly 30 minutes. This gives students an opportunity to connect with their peers while also processing the message that was just preached. Students are then dismissed to hang time which normally includes games and snacks.