Bro. Zack Anderson, his Wife Lauren and their son Solomon

Thrive Youth Group

"Thrive Youth" What does that mean? We chose the name Thrive for our youth ministry because that's what we want for our children. We want every child who attends our youth programs to Thrive not just survive. We want them to learn what they need to Biblically grow in their relationship with Jesus.


Our youth group verse is (John 10:10) “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more Abundantly.” In other words, Jesus came so that we could Thrive in our Christian life!

In order for a tree to Thrive it must have roots that grow down deep. If the roots are deep then the tree will be strong and fed well. We want the same for our kids. We want them to have a solid foundation to stand on.When the storms of life come we want them to stand firm on the foundation that they have built in Christ Jesus. We want our kids to have an Abundant Christian life in every way. We were made to Thrive!

K - 2nd Grade Class - Miss Martha McCarty is currently walking her class through the four Gospels. She is teaching these little ones about the life and ministry of Jesus and sharing why that is important. 

3rd - 5th Grade Class - Sis. Lauren Anderson & Sis. Jamie Self will be taking kids through the first part of Genesis, focusing on the theme of creation in chapters one and two. Our young scholars will put on their archaeologist hats to help inductive detectives Max and Molly--dig up the truth about how the world began. Your kids will discover who the world's creator is, how the heavens and earth were formed, what exactly happened in the beginning, and how the earth, the sea, people, and animals came into existence!

6th - 12th Grade Class  Our Youth Director Bro. Zack Anderson teaches Middle school through  High school class. Zack believes that discipleship is key in the life of a Spiritually growing teenager. These teens are about to enter the adult world and having a firm foundation in what they believe is crucial.

The world tells teens that they should have it all, and have it now. Too often temporary passions are elevated over those things of lasting significance. But what happens when teens are given a clear vision of the future, one that rightly places God at the center, clearly defines heaven and hell, and rightly sees Christ—not them—sitting on an eternal throne? What if all of life was lived through the lens of eternity?

Youth Director Bro. Zack Anderson, his Wife Lauren and their Son Solomon

First Free Will Baptist Church

4314 West 5th Street Road

Owensboro, KY 42301


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