Student Ministry

Passion 2018

The Passion 2018 conference is January 1-3 in Atlanta. The event is geared toward college-age students and high school seniors. Scheduled speakers include Louie Giglio, John Piper, Levi Lusko, Christine Cain and Pricilla Shirer, with worship by The Passion Band, David Crowder, KB and Andy Mineo. The early-bird price of $240 ends October 1. After that, the cost will be $270. The price includes transportation, hotel room, conference ticket and one meal.

Winter Retreat

Winter Retreat is back! It will take place January 12-15 at Camp Gilead in Polk City (between Tampa and Orlando). Early-bird registration is $129 through December 17, including a free Winter Retreat T-shirt (that’s a $40 value).

Activities will include: paintball, blacklight dodgeball, team competitions,  sand volleyball, comedy and more. And special speaker Chad Zeller will be back with us! Sign up now at for an awesome weekend!

RISE Middle School Ministry

Middle school service is held on Wednesday evenings at the Ballast Point Campus from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Our service includes a game, worship and a lesson from one of our teachers.  Teaching at RISE focuses on age-appropriate, Biblical concepts that have direct application to our students lives today.

Middle school is where we believe students begin to take ownership of their faith and start to walk independently in their relationship with Christ.  Our middle school small groups are led by awesome volunteers who make a year-long commitment to invest in the lives of the middle school students – you’ll see your child connect with their small group leader in person at weekly small groups (on Wednesday nights), virtually through texting, social media like Instagram, and through social activities like small group outings and the attendance of school sporting events. It is our goal to get your student connected in community with peers who can build them up according to God’s will for their life and hold them accountable as they walk that path. Plus, we have a pretty good time while we’re at it.

For more information on RISE, fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page, or call us at the office at 813-251-1515.

WAKE High School Ministry

WAKE meets Sunday nights (6 – 8:00 p.m.) for a time of fun, worship and teaching that will challenge our high school students to make an impact for Christ wherever they go.
Because we emphasize the importance of community and accountability at WAKE, we offer grade- and gender-based small groups that meet throughout the week all around South Tampa. Our goal is to come alongside families and foster each student’s growth in their relationship with Christ, to encourage boldness in their faith as they are on mission in their schools and communities, and to represent Jesus in all they do. Certainly, the high school years aren’t without their struggles, and our student small group leaders are well equipped to walk through those seasons. You’ll see your student connect with their small group leaders and peers with the foundation of Christ, and you’ll see a deep commitment to biblical accountability and scriptural teachings as those relationships grow.
To find out more about WAKE, fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page, or call us at the office at 813-251-1515.

Find your Student Ministry Community Group

In both of our STF Student Ministries, we emphasize the importance of accountability through connecting in community. The greatest way we know how your student can do that is by joining a community group. Click on the button below to be redirected to our groups page, and then click on Group Type to choose high school or middle school.

STF Student Ministry Staff

Ally Richie

Ally Richie

Girl's Student Ministry Director | ext. 213

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan

High School Director | ext. 209

Charlie Thiemann

Charlie Thiemann

Middle School Director | ext. 211