After four years as an intern working with our youth, Charlie Hirschy has taken up a new mantle: Coordinator of Student and Outreach Ministries.
Charlie grew up in a Grace Brethren church in the very small town of Berne, Indiana, with three older brothers and one younger. As a junior in high school, he made his first foray into working with youth when he volunteered to lead devotions for a boys’ ministry similar to Boys’ Brigade. In his senior year, he planned to become a history teacher. But then he joined Operation Barnabas for the summer. As the team visited ministries along the East Coast, including Urban Hope, Charlie found his heart changing through the contacts he met there.
Charlie graduated from Lancaster Bible College in May 2016 with a BA in Student Ministries. One of his favorite classes was student and family counseling. He loves hanging out with people, talking, watching movies, or playing sports. And he loves Jesus. He’s excited about the direction God might want to take the youth ministry. Charlie has noticed that junior high students tend to be more impressionable and open to teaching while senior high students can be more jaded. But he loves working with both. Charlie declares, “I am excited to be here at Grace Church doing what I love with the people I love!”
Charlie is also enthusiastic about the outreach aspect of his responsibilities. He is forming a team of people who are eager to get to know the community around Grace Church and to care about them. He sees this team as a bridge between our church and the surrounding community. Since the world around us is multi-generational, Charlie hopes to build a team consisting of youth and families, college students and empty-nesters. He also hopes to partner with a couple of other organizations that are already doing effective community ministry.
Please pray for God’s wisdom as Charlie works with others to develop this new outreach arm of ministry. Pray also for the youth as they hang out, get to know each other, and learn more about God and His Word. Pray for God to work in the hearts of our students.