Student Ministry: Junior High & High School
About Junior High Ministry: Grades 6-8
If we haven’t had the chance to meet yet, allow me to introduce myself: My name is Jordan Burnidge and I am the new interim Junior High Director!
Around 25 years ago, I was born in the Lone Star state of Texas. Three years later, my family moved from the humidity of Dallas to the dry heat of Phoenix as my dad accepted a position of senior pastor at a new little church called North Ridge Community Church. Ever heard of it 😊? After learning from leaders at North Ridge, at the age of six I made the best decision of my life by placing my faith in Jesus Christ.
Fast forward just a few years, in 2015, I graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies and I also received my Emergency Medical Technician certification from Paradise Valley Community College. Now, I am currently enrolled in my 4th year at Phoenix Seminary and I am expected to graduate in the Fall of 2020 to receive a Masters of Divinity!
As for my job experience, most recently I worked as a facility coordinator (which is just a fancy name for a “janitor”) for ten years! But after a decade, I set aside my mop and broom as I retired from this position to accept this new one as JHM Director. Within that ten years of facility work, I also served as an intern for several different ministries.
In my spare time, I love going to the movies, playing basketball, running, hiking, and watching sports!
I know that you all have your hands full in trying to raise teenagers and pre-teens. I want you to consider me your biggest cheerleader. Anytime you, or your kids, need something, please feel free to reach out. I am in your corner.
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