Youth Ministries

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In His master plan, “the Lord has appointed the youth to be His helping hand.”—Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 64. With this instruction and others, it is imperative that the Seventh-day Adventist Church sustain a youth ministry that will:

Leadyouth to understand their individual worth and discover and develop their spiritual gifts and abilities

Equipand empower youth for a life of service within Christ’s church and the community

Ensurethe integration of youth into all aspects of church life and leadership.

In the Michigan Conference, these goals are achieved by incorporating the biblical dynamics of outreach, fellowship, nurture, worship, and mission. Opportunities for youth to come together to realize their value and learn useful skills to express their God-given gifts are offered during retreats and mission projects held each year. The Youth Department also organizes and runs the summer camp programs held at Camp Au Sable and Camp Sagola.



Chad Bernard was appointed to serve as the new youth director. He had been serving as associate youth director from June, 2017. Chad is no stranger to Michigan. He previously taught at Oakwood Junior Academy from 1996 – 2002 and at Greater Lansing Adventist School as principal and teacher from 2003 – 2010. In 2010, he accepted a call to be principal for Weimar Academy in northern California, where he served until returning to Michigan to minister in the youth department.





Craig Harris is a husband, father, and grandpa who has worked in youth ministries for over 25 years. As an ordained minister, he serves as the Associate Youth Director for the Michigan Conference with an assignment as the Director of the Adventurer and Pathfinder ministries. Pastor Harris believes that all young people need to be properly discipled to be sacrificial workers for Jesus Christ and His mission. He endeavors to inspire, educate, motivate, and support the youth and their leaders in this discipleship process. He is available to come to your church or school to support your leaders, parents, and youth with family worship ideas, teen hands-on training for local church and community, dads and their daughters, or anything relating to youth and family ministry.  He and his wife Janie have been married for 30+ years and have two married daughters and one grandson. In his spare time, Pastor Harris likes to hike, golf, read, and play cool yard games.





Ken Micheff. a former high-rise construction welder, volunteer ambulance driver, high school teacher, coach, youth leader, Pastor and Conference Youth Director.  He began his ministry as a pastor in a local church in rual Michigan. Ken was married to Tammy in 1980.  They are proud of their two grown children and daughter-in-law all living in Tennessee:  Crystal is working as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse,  Jeremy is finishing a Physicians Assistant degree from Kettering, and Daughter-in-Law Natasha is finishing a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Southern.  Ken's hobbies include being outdoors biking, camping, hiking, backpacking, Tennis, Golf and fishing.  Ken loves Jesus and has a passion to see young people to be empowered in leadership and active in advancing the kingdom of God. His enthusiasm for Christ is contagious!