The Woodward Park youth ministry exists to SHARE Christ with non-believing students, to encourage them to COMMIT their lives to God, to CONNECT them with other christians, to help them GROW in their faith, and to equip them to SERVE in ministry.  


"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20a



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Joel Harper

youth & Family minister

Joel has been working as the youth minister for the WPYG since 2013. He was born and raised in West Tennessee. He attended Freed-Hardeman University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible, with an emphasis in Missions. In 2012, Joel married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Ellen. They have three boys Owen, Ellis, and Jack. They have a heart for service and want to help teach young people how to find their part in ministry.