Let no one despise your youth, but be an example of the believers,
in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

Woodlawn Forrest Youth Ministry

The purpose of the Woodlawn Forrest Youth Group is to build each youth at
Woodlawn Forrest into the image of Christ and involvement in service to the kingdom.
Ministry Lead

JaCory L. Sermons, Youth Minister
January 1, 2013 – present

JaCory has served as the Youth Minister at Woodlawn Forrest since January 1, 2013. Prior to being named Youth Minister, JaCory served as a Youth Council Member beginning in January 2008.

Since becoming Youth Minister JaCory has expanded the youth program to be inclusive of all youth ages Pre-K thru age 25. The Youth Ministry now houses 3 separate departments to better minister to the youth of Woodlawn Forrest. They include the “Lambs of Love” Children’s Ministry, Teen Ministry (6th – 12th Grades) and Young Adult Ministry (High School Graduates – 25 years Old).

New programs and activities were created such as: Youth Night, Annual Black History Trip, Annual Youth Lock In, Wednesday Night Live, Senior Saturday and more.

Under JaCory’s Leadership the Youth Council has grown and expanded from 9 members to 21 members. In 2015 JaCory implemented the Executive Committee of the Youth Council to discuss, plan, and implement all activities for the Youth Ministry. Members of the Executive Committee and Staff are now divided into teams to ensure the successful execution of each Youth Ministry event and activity.

Students of our Youth Ministry are divided into 3 different departments:

  • “Lambs of Love” Children’s Ministry – All Pre-k thru 5th Graders
  • Teen Ministry – All 6th – 12th Graders
  • Young Adult Ministry – All High School Graduates – 25 years old

Youth Council

The Youth Council is made up of members of Woodlawn Forrest who serve as counselors to the youth at the Forrest and aid the Youth Minister with planning and executing the programs, projects, outings, activities, etc.

“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety”
– Proverbs 11:14


The Youth Council is divided into two groups: The Executive Committee and The Staff.

Executive Committee Members:

JaCory Sermons, Youth Minister
Andrea Corbin, Administrative Assistant
Latesha Bradley
Ashley Harrell
Dorothy Hill
Tarsha Howell
Nadine Jackson
Edna Kelsie
Tim Kelsie
LaMonica Pride-Miller

Staff Members:

Samantha Bacon
Jessica Battles
Tabitha Breeden
April Bufford
Tomiko Glenn
Candice Hill
Andra McNeal
Tia McNeal
Celestia Simmons
Kenyanna Taylor
Michelle Yearby

WFYG Activities

SUNDAY  |  Youth Sunday  |  Every 4th Sunday at 11:00 am
TUESDAY  |  Tuesday Night Teaching (TNT)  |  Every 4th Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WEDNESDAY  |  Wednesday Night Live  |  Every Wednesday from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
THURSDAY  |  Youth Night  |  Every 1st Thursday from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sister 2 Sister Mentoring Program  |  CLICK to request information
Annual Lock In  |  Date and Time TBD

Annual Conferences & Trips

The Youth Encounter  |  CLICK to complete the Interest Form
Southeastern Youth For Christ Conference  |  3rd Week in July  |  CLICK for more info
Tri Area Youth Rally  |  CLICK to request information
Black History Trip  |  February  |  CLICK to request information

Our Service Times

SUNDAY  |  Morning Bible Study – 9:45 am  |  Morning Worship Service – 11:00 am  |  Evening Worship Service – 4:00 pm
WEDNESDAY  |  Bible Study – 7:00 pm
THURSDAY  |  Ladies Bible Class – 7:00 pm