Our Youth Director:
Holly Gembach-Maddox started as the youth director in 2019. Growing up, although she attended church frequently at ESGUMC with her grandparents, she was a member of the Appalachia FBC. She was president of her youth group as a teen and also kept the nursery on Sunday mornings. Those opportunities were a catalyst for her current role as youth leader. Holly has worked many years with children's sports leagues and feels a strong connection to the kids. She works as an optometric technician, where she enjoys helping children with their vision. Her goal for this ministry is to grow strong, bold, faithful young adults in their journey with Christ. Holly has a heart for service and for blessing others with the gifts God has given each of us. She desires to instill the love of Jesus into the youth, so that they may share the light of their hearts with others.
East Stone Gap UMC Youth Ministry seeks to make disciples for Jesus Christ while providing an inviting and enjoyable environment for students from 6th-12th grades, building community with the students. The youth ministry meets on Sunday nights during the evening Worship Service, during the Sunday School hour each Sunday morning, and also on Wednesday nights during the church's Wednesday Night Live dinner/study series. In addition to our weekly Bible studies, we participate in retreats, such as Resurrection, to get away to study the Bible and to grow in our relationships with God and one another. We are a Safe Sanctuaries congregation which places a high priority on safety of the students. All students are welcome and invited to attend!