"Not all those who wander are lost."
—J.R.R. Tolkien

I took a winding road to the pastorate ...and to JupiterFIRST Church.

Though I grew up in a religious home and attended church from the womb, I spent a good part of my life actively avoiding God's greatest dreams for me. I loved God, but as the years went by I was increasingly less sure about his church. I never could seem to find my place in the church, and the church seemed to be looking less-and-less like the Bible.

It wasn't until my early 30's that I relented and said, "Not my fears, God, but your dreams!" I wanted to be a part of transforming the church for the good of world... but mostly, for the good of my children. I wanted them to have a church family that build up their faith, rather than destroy it.

Entering the pastorate, I found that my fears were largely validated. What I saw and experienced in many USAmerican churches simply didn't seem to resonate much with the world outside of the church walls, and truth be told, it was resonating less and less with me.

"Is this all that there is, God?"

Do you ever find yourself longing for something more? I do. I longed for something deeper, something richer, something grander.

I dreamt of a church where all were welcome, joy was contagious, diversity was encouraged, and grace was extravagant. I longed for a church without pretense, where simple truths and Christ were central. I wanted a place where the rich traditions of the ancient church effortlessly mixed with the complex nuances of a modern culture. In short, I wanted to pastor in a place that would put a smile on Christ's face.

I had almost given up when I happened across JupiterFIRST Church, and I immediately knew that I had found home. Because of my winding path to the pastorate, you will find that I am a very non-traditional minister. I fit in well here, and so will you. JupiterFIRST Church is unique; it stands out as being different among much of the modern church landscape.

While I could try and tell you why JupiterFIRST Church stands out, it is probably better for you to experience it firsthand.

When you come, will you make sure to introduce yourself to me? I'd like to hear your story as well!

Dr. Kevin Young
Senior Minister

Featured Events

 

Upcoming Events

 JUNE

 2nd - Sermon Based Small                    Groups
 3rd -  How God Became King 
 4th -  Praying in Color
 4th -  Everything Belongs

 4th -  MomsFIRST Play Dates
 4th -  Summer Pilates 
 5th -  The Human Jesus

 5th -  Sermon Based Small                     Groups
 6th -  Animate: Faith
 6th -  MomsFIRST Specialty Play             Dates
 6th -  Senior Outing
 6th -  Summer Pilates
12th - Dad & Me Baseball Game
13th - Dementia Caregivers
13th - Help & Hope
17th - Vacation Bible School
20th - Help & Hope
20th - Theology on Tap
20th - Book Club
25th - Reveal Forum
27th - Dementia Caregivers

 

 

This Week

Sunday, June 16th
      HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! 
 8:15 am - Sunday Bible Study 
 9:30 am - Worship Service 
 9:30 am - Children's Program 
 9:30 am - Pancakes & Jesus
10:45 am - How to Talk to God  

Monday, June 17th 
  VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WEEK 
 1:00 pm - Senior Game Day 
 6:30 pm - Stephen Ministers  
 6:30 pm - Prayer Shawl
 6:30 pm - Anchored 
 7:00 pm - How God Became King

Tuesday, June 18th
 9:00 am - VBS 
 9:30 am - MomsFIRST Play Date
 9:30 am - Praying in Color 
 2:00 pm - Prayer Shawl
 5:30 pm - Summer Pilates
 6:30 pm - Everything Belongs

Wednesday, June 19th 
 9:00 am - VBS  
 9:30 am - The Human Jesus 
 6:30 pm - How to Talk to God

Thursday, June 20th
 9:00 am - VBS  
 9:30 am - MomsFIRST Play Date
 9:30 am - Animate: Practice 
12:00 pm - Senior Lunch Bunch
 5:30 pm - Summer Pilates 
 6:30 pm - Help & Hope 
 6:30 pm - Theology on Tap 
 7:30 pm - AA/AlAnon

Friday, June 21st
 
9:00 am - VBS

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