High School

Our High School Ministry is designed to help connect students to the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ and help them to live the life of a disciple of Jesus. During this time of Covid-19, we have adjusted our ministry to continue to make disciples while exercising needed caution. 

  • Small Groups gather on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the Student Center for fun, fellowship, and Bible study.  Social distancing and safe practices are followed closely. Email Pastor Chad to get connected to a group. 
  • High School Worship meets on Wednesday night from 6:30-8 for student-led worship, a message from God’s Word, and discussion.
  • Activities are designed to connect students in friendships as part of Biblical Community. Some of these are a large group and some are small groups of students, but all follow the current CDC guidelines. These are announced on social media and through email to parents.

High School Ministry Staff

Chad Groff
High School Pastor

Chad has served in student ministries since he graduated from High School. He is married to Joni, a kindergarten teacher, and they have three children (Ethan, Sophia and Josiah). Chad is passionate about helping students know Jesus as Savior, grow to fully know, love and obey Him, and become culture shapers for Christ. He enjoys being outdoors, playing and watching sports, especially Philadelphia teams, and spending time with his family.

Christy Runyan
High School Administrative Assistant

Originally from Louisville, Christy has been serving as the High School Administrative Assistant for Living Hope since 2016. Christy thoroughly enjoys fulfilling her calling by serving through the High School Ministry. Having always felt a call to work with teenagers, she has a passion for discipling students and a heart for girls ministry. Christy has been married to her husband, Brian, since 2005 and they have a son, Easton.

Graham Champion
Ministry Assistant

Graham is pursuing a Master’s degree in Nursing at WKU. He has a passion for leading others in worship and helping them develop a unique, personal, and intimate experience with the Lord. He also loves growing the high school worship team and seeing these students grow and make huge strides every time they are on stage. Graham loves music, Auburn athletics, coffee, and (of course) worship!

Jaidyn Swanner
Ministry Assistant

Jaidyn is an undergraduate student at Western Kentucky University pursuing a degree in business management (major) and nonprofit management (minor). Jaidyn is eager to see students walk as authentic disciples of Christ, devote themselves to the Word, and making Christ’s name known to their context and contexts around the world. He loves baseball, reading, spending time outdoors, and the Chicago Cubs.

Karis Sandefur
Ministry Assistant

Karis is an undergraduate student at Western Kentucky University pursing a degrees in Business Finance. Karis has a passion for high school students and loves to see them make disciples and pursue the Lord each day. Karis loves sports, traveling, getting coffee with friends, and new adventures. 



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