Student Ministry: Junior High & High School
About Junior High Ministry: Grades 6-8
My name is Clark Lund and I am the Director of Junior High Ministries here at North Ridge Community Church. My family and I would like to welcome you to our ministry and all the incredible things that God is doing within it.
Our ministry foundation is built on one simple philosophy…FAMILY. We are one ministry, one family and one body in Christ. Everything we do is Christ centered and we stress the fact that our priorities in life should be based on Faith, Family and Friends, in that order.
Here’s a quick profile on my background. I grew up in Lake Havasu, graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Criminal Justice, served in the US Army in the Honor Guard, served as an EMT and Paramedic in multiple metropolitan cities throughout the United States, served as a police officer/detective for the City of Scottsdale and now I am honored to be able to serve your kids by teaching them the Word of God and how they can live their lives through Him.
Our adult leaders are as much a part of your kid’s spiritual walk as I am and are an amazing group of mentors. We are very blessed to have such a dedicated and caring group of leaders that are willing to give up their personal, family and work time to direct and encourage your kids to dive deeper into their faith.
We are constantly reaching up to our Lord…in our prayer, in our worship and everything we do in everyday life, the good and the bad…all should point toward Him.
When one of our own has fallen and needs our help, we will be there…leader, student or family member. We wouldn’t be a family if we didn’t show His love or the love we have for each other.
Service is one of the things we are called to do. Our junior high ministry leads a monthly service project that benefits widows and single moms within our church as well as the surrounding community. This not only effects change in our neighborhoods but also in the view our kids have on the world.
About Ignite High School Ministry: Grades 9-12
My name is Spencer Burnidge and I am the High School Director here at North Ridge Community Church. In 1996, my family and I moved from Dallas to Phoenix. Yes, that does make me a Dallas Cowboys fan (hopefully we can still be friends). Since that time, North Ridge has played a major role in my life. I love this community dearly and have a strong passion for leading our next generation. In 2010, I graduated from Pinnacle High School and decided to attend Grand Canyon University, majoring in Christian Studies and Communications. Following that, I jumped right into Phoenix Seminary. I am currently working on my Master of Divinity there and expect to graduate within the next year. 2018 is going to be an exciting year for me! Recently, I proposed to my fiancé Jordan Mathews. We plan on getting married this upcoming Fall. Other than youth ministry, some of my hobbies include running, watching/playing sports, and reading.”
In my opinion, high school is one of the most formidable stages of life. One study reports that 64% of Christians make their decision to follow Christ before the age of 18. As a result, these four years of high school have the potential to shape someone for the rest of his or her life. At North Ridge Community Church, we take this seriously. Our vision is simple: we want to extend hope to the next generation through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our philosophy to accomplish this involves three steps: (1) invite them to come, (2) help them to grow, and (3) encourage them to serve. I believe that through God’s guidance and the support of our high quality leaders in this ministry, God will use North Ridge’s students in mighty ways.
Our last movement step within our ministry strategy involves INFLUENCING our schools, communities, and world with the good news of the Gospel. We try to accomplish this in four ways.
- First, we offer several service projects throughout the year to help our community.
- Second, we encourage school evangelism through the teams and clubs in which our students are already a part of.
- Third, we take yearly mission trips to share the Gospel with people outside our local context.
- Finally, we offer leadership training to upperclassmen to help prepare them for the next level. We meet twice a month (Aug-April), bring in world renowned guest speakers, and give students the opportunity to lead various events and activities throughout the year. Leadership Applications Located Here