High School Ministry
Grade 9 – 12
Equipping students to live Happy, Healthy, Whole lives, to Honor God in all things, and to Share their Convictions Boldly. We provide a worship service weekly on Friday nights where we study the Bible verse by verse, lead our students in singing praises to God, and we encourage the students to be a part of a “Connect Group” here on site. We also offer a variety of camps, training programs, and hangout times through out the year for students to learn to enjoy one another in God honoring relationships and would be challenged to grow in their knowledge of God. We also try to plan at least 1 work trip each year so the students learn to love people wherever they go, learn to push themselves to go further than they thought they could with God’s help, and so they learn to pursue God in every circumstance.
We also firmly believe that Students grow best when they are involved in church life in addition to attending a Youth Group. So on Sundays we encourage our students to attend church either with their families or with one another and we also ask them to pray about serving on Sundays as well.
Arrive at 6:00 and you will find us outside ready for some fun. Corn Hole, Volleyball, Whiffle Ball, Soccer or whatever gets our hearts pumping to get the night started. Around 6:45 we head inside for Worship. Come ready to sing and clap as we praise Jesus. After worship we get into Connect Groups. Connect Groups are an opportunity for High Schoolers to connect with one another about life and offer support to one another through encouragement and prayer. We also love the relationships that are made through these groups and we are sure you will love them too! After Connect Groups we open our Bibles for some study time to discover what God is saying to us from His word. We worship again to close out the service. We conclude worship around 9:00 and that concludes our night. Occasionally we take the group down to Jack in the Box for some late night fun. We look forward to seeing you there this Friday and be sure to bring your Bible if you own one, a notebook, and a pen so you can write down what God is showing you.
Meet the Team
Pastor Jorge Butts
I was raised in a Christian home, but never really made my faith my own until my senior year of high school. The summer before senior year, I was blessed with the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Israel. All of the Bible stories that I had heard growing up became so much more real to me. It was at this point, especially when I saw the way God used this trip in my friends as well, that I truly realized the very real strength of God. A few months later, I went to a winter camp in Green Valley Lake with the high school ministry of Calvary Chapel Santa Maria. During the final night of worship, I felt the peace of God come down on that room. My hope is to help the high schoolers that come to Equip find a place where they can openly receive the peace and grace of God and to help build a strong foundation of faith in Jesus before they graduate and go off to college.
Hobbies: Playing music, longboarding, soccer, building random things, and making bad puns.
Favorite Verse: Revelation 3:8 – “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.'”
Favorite food: Santa Maria Style BBQ
Favorite book: The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
Favorite movie: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Favorite band: The Black Keys.
Weird Talent: I can cross one eye and look around with the other.
I accepted Christ at a youth event in 5th Grade and was baptized shortly thereafter. I went through a series of spiritual highs and lows in middle school and high school. I matured significantly and became much more consistent in my Faith while attending the United States Naval Academy for college after serving on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic during Spring Break.
Family Life: Married for 3.5 years to my wife Adrienne and we have a dog named Rue
Hobbies: Soccer, Golf, Running, Bodyboarding, and Ping Pong
Favorite Verse or Bible Story: Hebrews 11 The Heroes of Faith
Favorite Food: Jack’s Special Salsa w/ Chipotle Tortilla Chips
Favorite Book: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
Favorite Movie: The Matrix
Favorite TV Show:Friends
Embarrassing Fact or weird talent: I make miniature origami cranes out of gum and starburst wrappers.
I was raised by Christian parents and grew up in a church that preached the Bible. I was at a youth camp when I was 13 and found a Bible that someone had left a previous week, and my camp counselor told me that I could have it. I decided that I should start reading it! That’s really when I started to take ownership of my faith.
Family Life: Married to Taylor Paul… Our celebrity couple name is Taydrienne.
Hobbies: Anything involving Musical Theatre
Favorite Verse or Bible Story: Philippians 4:6
Favorite Food: Ahi Tuna
Favorite Book: All the Light We Cannot See
Favorite Movie: Singin’ in the Rain
Favorite TV show: Friends
Embarrassing Fact or weird talent: I actually CAN lick my elbow. I’m also gifted in cartwheeling.
I was raised in a Christian home, accepting Christ at the early age of 5. God has blessed me tremendously with an amazing family and an incredible church home growing up (Georgetown, TX). Actively participating in my church’s youth group radically impacted my life, facilitating spiritual growth, affording me opportunities to participate in mission work around the globe, and providing me with lifelong friends. High School is a difficult time in a young person’s life, as teenagers actively seek to establish their identity and are faced with sin, temptation, and tough decisions on a daily basis. My youth group provided me with a solid base of support while navigating the pains of teenage life, ultimately drawing me nearer to God. I hope to assist in providing your teenagers with the same blessing.
Family Life: Married for 2.5 years (wife – Evelyn) and we have a big black poodle named Maslow.
Hobbies: Texas A&M football, working out, any and all sports, reading, theology/philosophy, hiking, golf (not a sport), traveling, eating
Favorite Verse or Bible Story: Psalms 18: 1-3
Favorite Food: Bacon
Favorite Book: Mere Christianity / Dispensational Truth / The Phantom Tollbooth
Favorite Movie: Heavyweights / Rudy / Forrest Gump / Gladiator
Favorite TV show: The Office / Band of Brothers
Embarrassing Fact or weird talent: I love my poodle…
I grew up going to church often in my childhood, but I did not know the Lord until I was 16 years old. After trying to find purpose and fulfillment in all the wrong places and dealing with a broken family for a number of years, I realized my life was dominated by hopelessness and emptiness. This all changed when my sister invited me on a trip to Lake Shasta with a local youth group. It was there on the shores of that lake that God met me in my weakness and showed me the fullness of his love and how beautiful being a part of his family is. As a youth leader, my mission is to faithfully lead students in worshipping the living God and to reflect the love of Jesus Christ that was graciously extended to me years ago.
Family Life: Happily Single
Hobbies: Guitar, Hiking, Video Games, Cooking, Reading.
Favorite Verse or Bible Story: Galatians 2:20, Romans 8:14-17, 1 Peter 5:6-7
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Book: How To Worship a King (Zach Neese) / Tender Warrior (Stu Weber).
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings / Star Wars.
Embarrassing Fact or weird talent: I do a great impression of smeagol from the Lord of the Rings films.