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 The Young Adult Ministry is geared toward those between the ages of 18 and 30. Our vision  in Thrive is to preach Jesus and not ourselves while building a model church for ministry. Thrives’ mission statement is to encourage young adults to Lead others closer to Christ, Serve the community around you, and Grow in your understanding of God. 

Whether you are in College or in you career field of choice, Thrive has separate small groups for both College and Career on Sundays and throughout the week for you to learn and meet others!


Thrive is active in the community and have several opportunities for you to get involved including:

  • Weekly Life Groups in Thrive Family homes
  • Monthly Community Service Involvement
  • Serving within the church body here at Hyland Heights
  • Frequent Activities


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David and Sarah Markland

Directors Young Adult Ministry

David and Sarah Markland have been married for almost 4 years now and love serving as Directors of Young Adult Ministries!  Both David and Sarah had been praying for direction on how to best serve God while at Hyland Heights Baptist Church and have fallen in LOVE with their students.  They love spending time with their students as well as traveling and creating new adventures together!

David was previously on Staff here at Hyland for 7 years serving in our Children’s Ministry and is now proud to serve the Young Adults of HHBC!  David holds a degree as a Certified Surgical Technologist and has plans to continue his education further in the coming months.

Sarah has spent much of her life in ministry having been serving as missionary to Ecuador with her family as a child.  Sarah has a Bachelors Degree in Religious Studies from Liberty University and a Masters Degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University as well.

Jim and Sharon Mills

Career Lead Staff

Sharon and Jim have been married for 39 years.  They have two married sons and five grandchildren as well as two foster grandchildren.  Sharon directed a Pregnancy Care Center for 15 years and retired from that in 2011.
Jim worked in the I/T industry for 40 years and retired from IBM in 2011.  He now teaches technology at LCA.  Both have been committed Christians since their teen years and both are looking forward to working with the Career Group as a part of the Thrive Ministry.



Stephen and Mckenzie Jordan 

Career Lead Staff

Hello!  We are the Jordan family!  Our family consists of four individuals: Stephen, McKenzie, Audrey (born in August 2013), and Hudson (due in January 2016).  As members of Hyland Heights Baptist Church for the past year and a half, we have been praying for a ministry that we could begin investing our lives in.  We feel as if our prayers have been answered, and we are thrilled to begin serving in the Thrive ministry!

Prior to moving to Lynchburg three and a half years ago, we served at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in State Road, North Carolina, where Stephen was the associate/youth pastor.  During this time, McKenzie was a teacher’s assistant at a local school.  Shortly after we were married in April 2012, God moved our family to Lynchburg (July 2012), where Stephen began serving as a high school Bible teacher at Liberty Christian Academy and McKenzie began working at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in the special education preschool classroom.  At the end of our first year in the area, we welcomed our little girl, Audrey, into the world in August 2013.  Since this time, McKenzie has been a full-time stay-at-home mom.  In addition to his role at LCA, Stephen currently writes Bible curriculum and teaches online Bible courses for Liberty University Online Academy; he is also in the process of working on a Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics through Liberty University’s School of Divinity.  As a family, we are excited for the arrival of our son, Hudson, in January 2016!

In our spare time, we enjoy being outdoors, traveling, drinking coffee, watching Disney movies, and spending time with family/friends.  Ultimately, our passion as a family is twofold – to know Jesus and make Him known.


Please Email THRIVE STAFF and we would love to speak with you!!
We are 3 miles South of the Lynchburg Airport at 11452 Wards Road.

Contact Thrive Staff at 610.986.8096

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