I have worked with the youth group since 2009. As one of our former pastors used to say, "Southern Hills UMC has the best kids in the world!" I feel so blessed to hang out with these young people and encourage them as they grow in their Faith. So often when we study Scripture together, I am amazed at our kids' ability to understand God's instruction and their desire to put into practice the things that we learn. Our group is a place where every young person is welcome and accepted for the person that God made them to be.In my free time, I love spending time with my wife and our two boys. Frequently, that involves coaching youth league sports teams!
I began working with the youth group in 2012 and have been attending SHUMCsince 2010. I'm currently employed as an outpatient physical therapist atAvera. I am passionate about working with the youth because the youth reallydo God's work for the church, each other, and the community. I love hearingabout their activities and their spiritual encounters with God. I'm blessedto be able to encourage them in their faith.
I’ve been coordinating Youth on Fire activities since 2009. Originally volunteering as a leader to offer a place for my own kids to grow closer to God, I quickly found that I wanted to make sure all of middle and high school students in our church had a place to belong and to grow. My favorite part of Wednesday nights is participating in service projects with the youth. I love the way our youth embrace serving others, and not just talking about it, but showing that we truly are the hands and feet of God.
I started working with the Southern Hills Youth Group in 2012. I have been attending SHUMC and Holy Spirit churches since 2010. I’m a teacher currently working in Harrisburg with the 8th graders, there. I am passionate about working with the youth because I enjoy having makeup put on me at variety shows. All kidding aside, I really care about each individual youth member and have fond memories of my own youth group growing up. I love to see kids grow in their faith and I’m excited about being able to foster that.
I love my job as the Administrative Assistant at Southern Hills, tending to the administrative needs of the church, its ministries, and its people. My second hat is the Coordinator of Assimilation, which is basically greeting new people coming to worship services and helping them get connected! I enjoy the people at Southern Hills immensely and working for God and his people!My joys include my son Britton who works as a computer programmer and daughter Ali who recently graduated with an Art Education degree. My dog Sophie, a miniature Australian Shepherd, keeps me active!
Administrative Assistant and Coordinator of Assimilation
Meet Our New Pastors
Don Vanderlip, as a young man, felt the call to ministry.Don earned his BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Sioux Falls. During college Don played baseball, was involved in FCA and was a Resident Director. After College Don spent the next 3 years earning his Masters in Divinity from Sioux Falls Seminary. He served as Youth Pastor for 14 years in Sioux Falls, with 8 of those years in UMC church.One of Dons greatest joys in life is helping people grow in their walk with Jesus.Don and his wife, Kristi who is a teacher in the Sioux Falls School District, and children Madisyn and Hudsen look forward to getting to know you.
Pastor Don Vanderlip
Justin Roy Jenness grew up in Primghar, Iowa and graduated from South O'Brien school. Following graduation Justin attended the University of Sioux Falls. He grew up knowing the importance of community within the church. God worked on him through several experiences, to gain and trust in His (God's) process. Through these experiences Justin found a passion to share the Gospel.Justin and his wife Sarah reside in Sioux Falls. Sarah is an occupational therapist. They have two children, Simon and Siri. The Jenness family looks forward to living life with you and serving as the body of Christ!