Middle school students will face changes in almost every area of life; it's critical to have people in their lives who care for them and invest in their success.

That's where we come in. We're passionate about jumping into the lives of middle school students to help them navigate all the physical, emotional, and relational changes they're wading through.


A place where you belong with fun stuff to do, great people to hang out with, and relevant messages from God's Word.

Sundays / 10:45 AM / Student Center

Journey Groups / Late August–April

Grow in your relationship with God and others through crazy games, hanging out with your friends, and digging into the Bible with your small group. 

Grades 6–8 / Sundays / 6–8 PM / Atrium


Ian Rothell

Director of Middle School Ministry
Licensed Minister

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Favorite Social media platform: Insta, Marco Polo, Xbox Live
A book everyone should read: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
Best vacation ever: Anywhere in the mountains, camping with my wife and sons. Sitting around a campfire, eating a bunch of s’mores, hiking.
Describe yourself in three words: Adventurous, relational, enthusiastic
Why student ministry? Students aren’t just the future of the Church, they are the Church! Every generation has unique ways that they can lead in God’s Kingdom, and I’ve seen in powerful ways what middle school students are capable of in bringing the hope of Jesus to the world. Middle school was the most awkward, uncomfortable, and intimidating time in my life. Although I would never have admitted it, I longed to be noticed, to be cared for, and to be accepted. My life was changing, my social circles were changing, and my faith was in crisis. It was my youth group community and the adults in my life that brought me through middle school while helping me center my heart on the gospel. I know that these students, just like me, need adults that care enough about them to show them the love of Christ—and I feel called to be one of those adults.


Jacob Bittner

Middle School Resident

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Favorite social media platform: The ‘gram is growing on me recently...
A book everyone should read: I loved Holes when I was in middle school, so I’ll give that one my recommendation. 
Best vacation ever: I went to Colorado one summer and hiked Pikes Peak and the Manitou Incline on back-to-back days. It wore me out but it was an incredible time!
Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, entertaining, loyal
Why student ministry? I’ve seen and experienced firsthand how impactful it can be in lives, and I want to be part of growth and transformation in other youth now that I am more of an adult.


Ethan Fritzler

Middle School Resident

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Favorite social media platform: Facebook (mostly for the Babylon Bee and memes...)
A book everyone should read: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Best vacation ever: Fishing, hunting, and snowboarding (simultaneously) with my wife in the Colorado mountains.
Describe yourself in three words: Dorky, kind, caring
Why student ministry? This is the most fun age group to be around! Not only will you always have the chance to spontaneously square off in epic Mountain Dew chugging contests, but it is also one of the most crucial times in the process of spiritual development. Teens (particularly middle schoolers) are at a very moldable time in their lives, and if you can introduce Jesus to them and help them see Jesus as a priority, then the odds of them ever walking away from the church drastically decrease! In my own experience, my youth pastor made an incredible impact in my life by building a relationship with me that pointed toward Christ at every turn. I want to be a part of making that kind of impact in the lives of our teens and encouraging our leaders to do the same.



Middle School Ministry
Licensed Minister

Top five used emojis:


Favorite social media platform: Does GroupMe Count?
A book everyone should read:
IF the Bible is cliche, then I would say Pilgrim’s Progress is a pretty deep and rich good read.
Best vacation ever:
Myrtle Beach, SC. Fun place, lots to do, beach, Speed Park, water stuff. Good Times
Describe yourself in three words:
Likes-to-do-things, big-eater, easy-going
Why student ministry?
I think that God has called me here. I don’t know what His plan is, but I am just following His calling on my life and walking through the doors He puts in place.


Serve in Middle School Ministry

Join a fun and dynamic team of volunteers.

Spend time connecting and sharing God’s love with Middle Schoolers.

Before completing the following application, please take some time to read the Middle School Ministry Potential Volunteer document that has more information about the ministry, the importance of investing in the lives of students, and the opportunities available!

After completing the application below, the staff will connect with you to get information for a background check and to set up a meeting to get to know each other! At the meeting you’ll have a chance to hear more about the ministry and talk through your thoughts and desires for serving in Student Ministry.

Elizabeth Bartz / elizabethb@cccomaha.org