Real Youth is about helping students find real connections with God and other students. We want them to know that they belong and have a purpose in this world, and from that place of understanding to go and impact lives for eternity. Real youth, real connections, real impact.

Our goal is to create a greenhouse atmosphere where youth can grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and discover their identity and purpose through teaching, discussion of relevant topics, studying the word, and prayer. We want them to experience genuine connection with other students, leaders, and Jesus Christ, and from that place be able to impact lives for eternity. Our desire is to empower our youth to have a personal encounter with God and to understand that what the Lord has to offer is so much greater than anything the world can offer. Let’s be honest, one encounter with the living God can change everything!


Director of Youth Ministry: Stewart Martin

Sunday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lifeway Church

Stewart and Joanna have a passion to make a kingdom impact on the church and the world. Their time in youth group, when they were students, was meaningful and had a major impact on their lives. Their hearts are to pass along that experience to the next generation. Stewart serves as a volunteer Youth Pastor and Joanna works full-time as the Worship Pastor and Assistant Creative Arts Director for Lifeway Church. Stewart enjoys boating, hunting, motorcycles, and spending time with family and friends. Joanna enjoys writing lyrics and music, reading books, and spending time with friends and family. They’re both excited to meet new faces and invest in the youth of Lifeway Church.