Welcome to HHBC Student Ministry!
Being United . . . .
Knowing that transition is difficult, we strive to develop relationships throughout the ministry by participating in several activities and programs together throughout the year.
- All Wednesday activities in the summer
- Major Events during the school year
- Xtreme Fest ‐ Fall Outreach Event,
- Super Bowl Party, Guys Only and
- Girls Only Events (i.e. Chiseled and Polished)
- Summer Camp at Snowbird: July 14‐19
- Munchie Mondays in the summer
It is important for all believers to continually grow in their knowledge of and relationship with God. During the school year, “Sunday Night Electives” will provide that opportunity.
Fall Semester #1: Sept. 8th – Oct. 13th
- “Study in the book of Colossians”
- “A Daughter’s Worth” ‐ Part 1
- “Man Up” ‐ Part 1
- “Discovering your SHAPE”
Fall Semester #2: Nov. 3rd – Dec. 8th
- “Solomon ‐ A Heart of Integrity”
- “A Daughters Worth” ‐ Part 2
- “Man Up” ‐ Part 2
- “Sharing Jesus Without Fear”
Winter Semester: Jan. 12th – Feb. 23rd
- “Daniel ‐ Spiritual Living in a
- Secular World” ‐ Part 1
- “Using your SHAPE”
- “Standing Tall When Tempted”
Spring Semester: March 2nd – May 4th
- “Daniel ‐ Spiritual Living in a Secular World” ‐ Part 2
- “Understanding a Call to Ministry”
- “My Heart, Christ’s Home” ‐ Commitment
It is our desire to provide experiences for all students to serve others.
Some examples include:
- Church and Community work projects
- Christmas Caroling w/ Senior Adults
- Baseball with the handicapped
- Working at the Rescue Mission
- Local Missions Day
- Church mission trips
Quality relationships are what keep us connected. While most H.S. activities are done through our
Life Groups, special activities include:
- Freshman Welcome Activity
- LU Football & Tailgating
- Senior Retreat
- The Marble Yard hike
- Graduate Recognition
- King’s Dominion
Combining media, music and a message we strive to expose students to all aspects of
God’s nature, character, and expectations.
Topics this year:
- “Diving Deep”
- A study of church doctrines
- “The Power of Sex”
- A study in the Book of Philippians
- Special Worship Services (i.e. Centers of Convergence)
Focusing on relationships, students in small, age‐graded groups dig deeper and discuss each Wednesday’s lesson topic on Sunday mornings and develop lasting relationships through mentoring, nurturing and accountability.
Opportunities abound to support the Wednesday service and use one’s interests and giftedness to impact others. Singing and/ or playing in the Worship Band
- Video Production
Middle School Ministry
Our Middle School students will have various opportunities for activities with their cylinder groups. In
addition, we provide our students with a number of large group activities and events throughout the year.
- MS Luau ‐ Welcome Activity
- LU Football & Tailgating
- Peaks of Otter Hike & Cookout
- Snow Tubing
- MS All‐Nighter
- King’s Dominion
Are designed to engage, inform, and challenge our students. This is done via relative biblical teaching, multi‐media and music. Topics this year:
- “Who’s the Man?”
- “Got Friends?”
- “Bible Stuff”
- “My Relationship with God”
- “My Relationship with Myself”
- “My Relationship with Family”
- A Study in the Book of James
Every student will be part of a “cylinder group” which will consist of students of the same grade and gender with an adult leader. The leader will seek to disciple, mentor, and encourage students in their Christian walk and relationship with Christ.
The goal of the church and its student ministry is to “produce spiritual maturity.”
Jesus commanded us, his disciples, to go and make disciples of all nations. At HHBC we desire to be and to make disciples
of Jesus Christ. We understand that process to look like this:
- An authentic disciple of Christ must connect to God and people, must grow individually and collectively in the Word and will of God, and must impact the church through service and their world as salt and light.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:19‐20
- Make Disciples ‐ of all who are saved.
- Identify with Christ and the church. (Rom. 6:4, Acts 2:41‐42).
- Teach obedience to the Word of God.
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” ~ Ephesians 4:11‐13
- Mature the saints (that includes students).
- Equip saints to do the work of the ministry.
- Result: The body of Christ is edified through unity and maturity.
Brian Freerksen – Director of Student Ministries and High School Pastor
Although born in Minnesota, Brian was raised and lived in Lynchburg throughout his school years and early adult life. Brian graduated from Liberty University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministries and Youth Ministry. After taking a year off to work and marry his lovely wife, Nancy, Brian continued his education by earning a Master of Divinity at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 1996. He began his full-time ministry with students while in Seminary as an Assistant High School Pastor at Thomas Road Baptist Church. Upon graduation, Brian followed God’s leading to fill the position of Associate Pastor of Students at Lizella Baptist Church in Lizella, GA. After eleven years of service God called Brian and his family back to Lynchburg as the Senior High Pastor and Director of Student Ministries at HHBC. Brian and Nancy have three wonderful children, Brandon, Emily, and Katie. Brian enjoys soccer, the martial arts, Frisbee golf, reading, and hanging out with his friends and students.
Jeshua Branch – Middle School Pastor
Hailing from the wild and wonderful mountains of West Virginia, Jeshua grew up in the beautiful Ohio Valley on the state’s western border. He attended college at the University of Charleston (WV) where he played football for the Eagles and earned a Pre-Med Bachelor’s degree. Although he initially pursued a career as a pharmacist or doctor, Jeshua finally submitted to the Lord’s will during his senior year at UC. Upon his graduation, he married his college sweetheart, Megan, on June 27, 2009, and three days later moved to Lynchburg to pursue his education at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. His passions include sharing the Gospel, seeing God transform the lives of the lost, and creating disciples for the extension of God’s kingdom. He has developed a love and commitment to the youth of Hyland Heights and longs to see the faith of each student blossom into a beautiful relationship with Jesus Christ.
Ashley Sexton – Student Ministry Assistant
Ashley Sexton was born in Muskegon, Michigan. She came to Liberty University in 2009. She is currently studying Religion with a specialization in Children’s Ministry and will be graduating in the spring of 2012. While attending Liberty, she began working at a summer camp in Texas. She worked there for two summers. It was there that she worked with youth on a weekly basis and so began her passion for students. She began attending Hyland Heights in September 2011 and has fallen in love with the church. She is working with the girls of the Student Ministries through event planning, discipleship, and mentoring. Some of her interests are bowling, hiking, reading, and spending time with family.
David Michon – Worship Coordinator
David Michon came to Hyland Heights in the fall of 2012. He started serving in different music ministries and was asked to join the Students Ministries team in January of 2013. He is studying Worship and Music studies at Liberty University and has led worship for the better part of his life. He is passionate about loving God and loving others and wants to see lives changed by Jesus Christ. He enjoys playing tennis and going to the beach in his hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Meghan Burks – Graphic Arts
Meghan Burks was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA and has attend Hyland Heights since she was seven years old. She is pursuing a degree in Woman’s Ministry with a minor in Computer Design. Meghan is a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute in Florida. She loves to create ideas that welcome new-comers while making the Student Ministry Center an inviting place for all. She uses that passion to develop ideas for the Technical aspect of the Student Ministries. She likes to spend her spare time with family and friends.