Brent Kirby

Family Life Pastor

Brent moved from Indiana where he was a hospice chaplain for 9 years.  He oversees Team Awesome, LifeGroup Leaders, and Leadership Development of Birch Ridge Community Church.

Justin Knight

Senior High Guys Group Leader

Justin works for the Soldotna Urgent Care. By being a mentor and positive role model, his heart is for youth to build relationships and grow in their walk with Jesus.

Logan Schrader

Junior High Guys Group Leader

Logan is a recent Soldotna High School graduate. He loves youth group so much, after graduation, he is helping out with the Junior High guys ministry.

Samantha Barlow

Junior High Girls Group Leader

Samantha is fun loving with a big smile and heart for youth girls. She pours into junior high girls with excitement for Jesus.

Brianna Stang

Senior High Girls Group Leader

Brianna is stedfast, fun-loving and focused on caring for senior high girls. For her, it is all about building friendship and being there when life is difficult.

Leisha Sanchez

Intern Youth Pastor

Sanchez moved here from Arizona with a heart for youth ministry. She has a strong caring personality as well as a love for having fun. She is someone that will encourage people to do their best.

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a note from our Pastor

I am so glad God brought us to Alaska.  My family and I have learned about God's provision and grace but most of all, we have grown in love for the wild hearts of the people.  It is such a blessing to be part of Youth XPG and the leadership, Team Awesome.

Each year I look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to who God leads to Youth XPG.  My hope is that each person finds encouragement and help in their personal journey with God.  None of us are perfect so we need God’s help and the support of others along the road of life.