JA Youth

Connecting Teens to Jesus

Senior Sunday!
Dear Students AND Parents,  Senior Recognition is Sunday evening, May 19th. We will have a special 5pm worship service in the main auditorium, a 15 minute photo slideshow, and a cupcake reception for all in the gymnasium. This is open to everyone to recognize the seniors and their families.

We would like seniors and parents to provide 5 things by Saturday night (5/18) at 8pm. 
  • Fill out this GRADUATE Questionnaire: https://forms.office.com/r/FuYW3G3zxQ
  • Fill out this short PARENT Questionnaire: https://forms.office.com/r/1yKBb7UTzM
  • Email me between 16 and 20 photos to use for the slideshow of the graduate growing up. topher@jacoc.org
  • Pick a theme song to go with your slide show photos (put it in the questionnaire) (must be clean). I'll make edits where necessary.
  • Decorate a round table in the gymnasium on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday afternoon.  Contact me and we'll set up a time.  I'll be here all day on Sunday!  (You can decorate tables with photos, softball gloves, letter jackets, awards, bible verses, favorite foods, or anything else that you want to describe your student with!  The round tables will have a table cloth of your student's school color. It will also have a basket where church members will put cards and/or gifts for your graduate.)

If you can turn in the pictures in digital format, that will help immensely.  If you don't have digital format, get them to me on Friday 17th and I'll scan them in for you and return them on Sunday.  Parents, Thank you for raising your graduate and for your part in helping us honor them in this milestone.

SENIOR PHOTOS FROM ZACH & SARAH: These photos were provided free of charge to you from Zach & Sarah Henson because they love this church family so much!  https://ZachandSarahPhotography.pixieset.com/jaseniors2024513123/

 Who We Are
The Jefferson Avenue Youth Ministry (JAYM) is a group of individuals who are committed to God and his Word, supportive of each other, dedicated to selfless living, and always willing to create space for more to join. JAYM exists to transform teens into vessels of God - filled and filling others with God's love, compassion and truth.

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Meet the Youth ministry team of Ja.

Topher Wiles

Youth Minister
ChrisTopher loves his wife and four kids. After being inspired by a youth minister to follow Jesus, Topher was baptized into Christ in 1996. Topher then received a degree in theology from Lipscomb University with an emphasis in Youth Ministry & Biblical Languages. By God's grace he also served as principal of the local homeschool cooperative, tennis coach of multiple teams, high school math teacher, and a chaplain at a local hospital.  Along with 18 years of experience in full time ministry, in 2020 & 2021 he was also voted "Community Role Model" by the public of White County. His special talents include squeezing as much life as he can into every minute, sparring with three boys at one time without anyone being seriously injured, and bringing adventure to anyone who will join him. Will you join Topher in an adventure with Jesus?
Contact Topher: topher@jacoc.org

Don Foy

Elder for Youth
Don has been involved in the Jefferson Avenue youth ministry since 1987, as a youth deacon from 2007 to 2014 and as an elder since 2014. He and his wife Jane have two daughters who went through the youth program at JA. Don has invested much of his professional career in newspaper news media and information technology management. During baseball season you can find Don immersed in everything around his favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves.
Contact Don: dfoy@jacoc.org

Seth Gilbert

Youth Deacon
Seth Gilbert, born and raised here at JA! Seth grew up here in the JA Youth, baptized at age 14. He graduated from TTU in 2005 with a degree in business management, thanks to Brook! Seth is an entrepreneur and started a mowing business at the age of 15, which has now expanded and he continues to do. If you ever wonder where he and Brook are, you can probably find them in a gym or field somewhere watching Cara Lee or Callie playing one of their sports. In his free time, you can find him playing golf, working on the farm, on the lake, watching the Minnesota Vikings or Duke Basketball, or hunting.
Contact Seth: seth_brookgilbert@hotmail.com

Mark McCowan

Youth Deacon
Mark grew up in the church just down the street from Jefferson Avenue at Sycamore Church of Christ. Today, he is joined at Jefferson Avenue by his wife, Lauren, and four daughters, Lily, Kailee, Elin, and Isla. You're likely to run into the McCowan's at a local softball field, where all four girls play, or at a campground somewhere in the Smokies. Since volunteer coaching and camping don't pay the bills, Mark is a financial advisor at Wilson Bank Investment Services, holding his Certified Public Accountant license and Certified Financial Planner designation. When he's not busy being a girl dad, he enjoys hunting, exercising, and playing bad golf.
Contact Mark: mark.mccowan@gmail.com
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