The youth ministry of GCF Wharton is designed to propel our youth ages 12-18 into action, and to give them a bigger vision for their lives. We look to not only stir up passion for Christ, but show them they are meant, called, and equipped to do the mission that God has called them to. We believe that every youth that enters our doors will leave knowing they are a strong Christian and see God move throughout all areas of influence.
During the spring and fall semester, we meet regularly on Wednesday nights at Grace Community Fellowship from 6:00-9:00 PM (see interactive map below for directions). We offer times of fun-filled games and fellowship, worship, and biblical teachings. Outside of our weekly meetings we offer community projects, special intensives, and seminars designed to equip our youth with knowledge current issues they face today. We also participate in mission trips (both domestic and international) through Grace Ministries International, our network of churches across Texas.
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Kari & Chris Sparks
YOUTH PASTORSChris and Kari have been married since 1998. God has blessed them with four wonderful children: Christian, Alex, Kaitlyn, and Addison. Together, they oversee the youth ministry here at Grace, where our youth are challenged to understand that they are meant, called, and equipped for the mission to which God has called them. Chris and Kari have been a part of the GMI network since the founding of the Fort Worth church in 2000. While at GCF Fort Worth, they served in various leadership positions: Chris as the Children’s Pastor, Kari as a part of the Women’s Ministry, and together as Life Group Leaders.
Chris’ passion in life is to assist people of all ages come into a greater relationship with Jesus Christ, while equipping them to build His Kingdom in their lives and the lives of those around them. Chris was born and raised in South Carolina. While raised in a Godly and spirit-filled home he received salvation and baptism of the Holy Spirit at a young age.
Kary & Jackie Groce
YOUTH LEADERSJackie and Kary share the same passion and goal in serving the youth ministry together, as a married couple. Jackie currently serves as the youth worship pastor. He has been involved with the music department of the church for over ten years, and has also served in both the youth and children’s ministries. His desire is to equip and instruct youth to be who they are created to be in serving the Lord through worship and everyday life, as well as help guide them in their dreams and purpose.
Kary has a desire to minister to young girls, by mentoring and guiding them toward a Christ-centered life. Her main goal is to lead by example, and challenge youth to become the leaders God has called them to be. She is a servant at heart, and loves being involved with our young people every week.
YOUTH LEADERJay has a music and production background and has a desire to use his talents for God. He was saved in his early twenties through the ministry of Passion, and has been a member of Grace since 2011. He previously hosted a Bible study at his studio, which was a music/worship focused ministry to youth and college-age kids.
Jay currently oversees sound production for Grace on Sunday mornings, and is excited about helping bring that level of worship to our youth. He has a desire to lead by example and instruct our youth to be creative in their ministry for those that are called to music or media production.
YOUTH LEADERBio coming soon.
YOUTH LEADERBio coming soon.
Check out some videos and media from past youth events.