Youth Ministries

Welcome from the PET Youth Committee

“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” – Matthew 18:5 NRSV

The Presbytery of East Tennessee is dedicated to supporting youth ministry in our individual churches, as well as collaboratively. We strive to provide opportunities for presbytery youth to grow in their faith, build relationships with one another, and explore ways in which they can live out their faith in a meaningful way. Each year we offer a retreat in the fall for middle school youth (6th-8th) and one in the early spring for high school youth (9th-12th). Additionally, high school youth are invited to apply to serve on PET Youth Council. This group of youth work with the Youth Committee to plan and lead the retreats and other Presbytery youth activities. Beyond the retreats, the PET Youth Committee also offers opportunities for churches to collaborate together through our Small and Mighty initiative. This initiative connects churches who can benefit from shared programming with one another.

If you want to get connected with the Presbytery’s efforts to minister to our youth, or would like additional information for how your church or youth might get involved with Presbytery events and programs, feel free to email

Grace and Peace,

PET Youth Committee

Rev. Louden Young, Moderator
Associate Pastor
New Providence Presbyterian, Maryville
Rev. Margaret Poteat, Secretary/Treasurer
Associate Pastor
Rivermont Presbyterian, Chattanooga
Jessica Lewis 
MAST Director
Maryville College, Maryville
Ryan Hughes
Program Director
Camp John Knox
Becca Hunley
Director of Youth Ministries
Washington Presbyterian, Corryton
Lyn Oakley
Director of Christian Ed
Fountain City Presbyterian, Knoxville
Holly Child
Christian Educator
Lake Hills Presbyterian, Knoxville
Kenton Gullion
Youth Ministry Director
Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian, Knoxville
Masen Warren, Small and Mighty Contact
Director of Family Ministry
Farragut Presbyterian, Knoxville
Rev. Matthew Benz-Whittington
Highland Presbyterian, Maryville

Looking Forward to 2022-2023 

February 17-20th, 2023
High School Youth Summit at Camp Holston

Small and Mighty 

Small and Mighty is an initiative in collaborative youth ministry among churches in the Presbytery. The goal is to connect churches that would benefit from shared ministry, opening up new possibilities through pooling resources. Though aimed specifically at smaller congregations, these events are opened to any youth in the presbytery. If you are interested in learning more, or being put on the contact list for Small and Mighty events, please email Mason Warren (

Christmas Parade and Dinner

Who: Small & Mighty Youth Groups of the Presbytery of East Tennessee

What: Christmas Parade and Dinner

When: Friday, December 2nd, 6-9pm

Where: First Presbyterian Church

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Join the Youth Council for 2022-2023

Interested in developing your leadership skills? Want to learn how to conduct a small group? Want to be more involved in your church life, but don’t know where to start? Just love energizers and games? Whatever the reasons, consider becoming a part of the PET Youth Council.

Youth council members help plan and lead Presbytery wide events for middle school and high school aged youth. They will be a part of a select group f high schoolers from around the presbytery, learning leadership skills together, and having fun while we do it. Youth Council members also receive special rates for Presbytery events. Youth Council events can be considered for service hours. 

Dates I’d be committing to attend:

Orientation | August 19th – 20th, 2022

Middle School Retreat | September  23 – 25th, 2023

Youth Summit Planning | January 27- 28th, 2023

High School Youth Summit | February  17-20th, 2023