Student Ministries

Jr. High and High School programs encourage students and point them to Christ.

Through Student Ministries, we hope to give students an onramp to adulthood, preparing them to participate fully in life. We want them to be socially and emotionally engaged, able to identify how God is at work in their lives. Students love our weekly gatherings (TNT and FPGE Youth Ministry), Confirmation (8th grade), retreats, and summer programs.

Junior High

FPGEY Middle School

At FPGEY Middle School, our Wednesday evening junior high program, students connect with God, the church, leaders who care for them, and fellow middle schoolers. We spend our evenings engaging the person of God by means of friendship, worship, community, and the stories of Jesus. After this teaching time we split into small groups to discuss how it affects our lives.

Wednesdays Sept-May, 6:30-8 pm, Gym.
Register here for the 2023-2024 program.


Confirmation is an opportunity for our 8th grade students to become full members of First Presbyterian Church Glen Ellyn. They are asked to come to weekly meetings where no question or challenge to faith is off-limits. Our goal is to connect students to each other and the church through a 9-month intentional discipleship pathway. If you know an 8th grader with questions about faith, this is the program for them. We meet weekly from 9-10am in room 29. 

Sundays, 9-10 am in room 29
Register here for the the 2023-2024 program.


Retreats give junior high students an incredible opportunity away from home together. Through uninterrupted hours of shared experience travelling, playing games, eating meals, and having discussions, students will get to know leaders, a friend group, and will experience God’s love for them through these connections.

High School

FPGEY High School

FPGEY High School offers a welcoming environment specifically designed for high school students—it’s a place they can belong while trying on who they are. Here, participants have an opportunity to try on what it means to be a Jesus follower. Students hear about and discuss the person and character of Jesus reflective of the Biblical narrative, and they see how it applies to their life today.

Sundays Aug-May, 4-5:30 pm, Youth Lounge.
Register and complete the waiver for 2023-2024 here.

Life Group

During this summer program, smaller groups of students are set up based on availability and meet in people’s houses. It offers far less structure than Inferno, typically with a topic-based discussion that is shaped by questions and student interest.

Student Worship Team

Students who are musically curious are invited to participate on the student worship team, where they can practice and learn what it means to be a worship leader.


The multiple retreat opportunities offered throughout the year give students a chance to spend around 48 hours together with fellow students and leaders. Through a bus or van trip, games, service, and discussions about faith and the person of Jesus, students walk away from retreats knowing their leaders and a solid friend group, and with memories over an incredible shared experience.

Courtney Osterholm

Student Ministries Coordinator

I have a heart for Children’s and Student Ministries and have loved coordinating all of the many details that make Student Ministries a success!

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Jen Bradbury

Senior Director of Family Ministries

Jen Bradbury serves as the Sr. Director of Family Ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn. Jen loves discipling young people and their grownups so that they can follow Jesus in their everyday lives and in the process, transform their communities.

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