Summer Programs Offer Teens Opportunities to Explore Their Faith

Camp Hanover

Since 1957, Camp Hanover has offered Christian summer camps for elementary, middle and high school youth. Participants will explore, grow in, and act on their faith while experiencing fun, fellowship, adventure, and challenge. Learn more.

Massanetta Springs

Bring your youth group to Massanetta Springs for the Middle School Conference, where every aspect is crafted with this age in mind. Families attending the Bible and Music Conferences can bring the family as Kids Connect and Youth Connect offer plenty of activities to keep them younger participants busy. Learn more.


High school students can learn about the intersection of faith and science at Convergence, a three-day program at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. The 2022 event will be July 15-17. Participants will enjoy hands-on activities and discover career opportunities. Learn more.

Expanding Horizons

At Maryville College in Tennessee, teens can attend a week-long summer program. Held June 19-25, the 2022 theme is Soul and Food: How Food Shaped the Faith We Share. Students will engage in Bible study, small group discussions, and leadership development activities. Learn more.

How Can You Support Youth Ministry

  • Invite youth to lead worship and speak out on issues they care about
  • Ordain youth as ruling elders in your congregation
  • Reach out to young people in your midst to encourage them

Adult Volunteers Needed

Are you excited about youth ministry? Want to help with the organizing and leadership of youth events in POJ? Help guide the work of Youth Council's teens.

Presbytery Liasion

Jess Cook
Interim Associate for Youth Ministry


Youth Council

Presbytery of the James's Youth Council (POJ YoCo) develops youth leadership through learning, volunteer service, and fellowship. Participation is open to high school students who are members of a Presbytery of the James congregation or have a connection to Camp Hanover, such as involvement in the Pathfinders program or attendance at a youth retreat. Youth Council meets monthly through June, planning and hosting events for youth across the presbytery.

POJ youth council