David Keen has been our Youth Minister since January of 2006. He is originally from Texas, by way of Ohio and, by way of God’s grace, he has made home with his family in Winston Salem. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He and his amazing wife Kiera (pronounced Kear-uh) along with their two sons Tyler and Tucker, and princess Emerson, are involved in the daily opportunity and blessing of working with our teenagers and their families here at South Fork.
“Words cannot express the joy and gladness we feel everyday to see these young men and women grow and mature in Christ’s footsteps. Our prayer is that Christ will use us in what ever way he sees fit, to fulfill His will.”
“For you are the potter, and we are the clay,” – Isaiah 64:8
Our Youth Ministry includes students ranging from 6th grade through 12th that come from all over the Triad to fellowship together, study God’s Word, and to praise him with their worship. Our youth ministry seeks to help teens face the daily pressures of this world while constantly pointing them to Christ as our true Refuge. Our youth are led by passionate leaders and teachers who care deeply about their relationship with God and their spiritual development. We want our young people to understand that the Christian walk should not be done alone; the presence of Christ, as well as friends who share their faith and values, will help them through this exciting and challenging time.
What you can expect: We promote quality over quantity! I understand that family time is more important in our society today than ever before. Parents’ and teens’ schedules are crazier and busier, creating a challenge in making priorities. Our Youth Ministry purposely tries to do fewer things, but we ensure that these are activities that will be meaningful to the teens’ Christian walk.
Our Values: We have many strong values associated with our ministry: parental involvement; quality over quantity; encouraging relationships; development of spiritual disciplines; the education and application of God’s Word; and a desire to be outwardly focused.
Also serving and helping lead our Youth Ministry is a Youth Committee of Parents and Leaders in the church. Currently serving are Thomas and Anna Mills, Bucky and Kendra Shipman, Scott and Sue Ann Mills, David and Kiera Keen, and Mike and Lisa Parrish.
We enjoy a variety of local, church related activities but also a number of trips that are focused on spiritual engagement.
- Family & Youth Devotional: Every first and third Sunday night of the month, our youth get together at the Keen’s home and share a meal together, followed by a time of fellowship and worship and a short devotional that relates to our teens.
- Bible Classes, Food, and Conversations: We meet every Wednesday at 6:00 pm for a meal and at 7:00 pm for biblical conversations. Our Sunday classes for M.S. and H.S. are at 9:00 am. On Sunday mornings we have separate Middle School and High School classes, and on Wednesday we combine everyone to create a unique learning and growing experience.
- Service projects: We organize service opportunities related to needs within our congregation or serve through a local organization within our large community.
- Harding University Bison Days
- Harding Honors Symposium
- Lipscomb University Singarama
- Lipscomb University IMPACT
- Carolina Bible Camp
- Carolina Work Camp: A group work camp/mission trip for Junior High and Senior High teens. This camp is put on by Carolina Teen, which is a board of youth ministers, on which David Keen serves, from Churches of Christ all around the Carolinas.
- Restore Fall Retreat: Our annual Fall retreat at the Myrtle Beach Kingston Plantation. This is a trip also put together by Carolina Teen. All Junior and Senior High teens are invited to come.
- Carolina SALT University – A student leadership retreat in SC.
- Domestic and International Mission Trips: We’ve traveled all over the country serving, as well as heading to some international locations: Atlanta, Costa Rica, Alabama, inner city Winston-Salem, Oklahoma, Greenville, and Honduras.
- Annual Camping Trips
- Camp Carefree – A camp for children with special needs. We spend several days volunteering as companions, assistants, and servants in this unique camp located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Rite of Passage Experience
1 Timothy 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.