Matthew 5:16 says,

“Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Our Student Ministry, The 516 Nation, seeks to REACH students for Jesus, BUILD students in a discipleship process, and CONNECT students to their purpose and the mission of God. This is done through weekly, monthly, and yearly intentional events, small groups, retreats, camps, and mission opportunities. We seek to fulfill the statement above by focusing all we do on Matthew 5:16! We have a place for you to feel loved, connected, and a part of this mission!


Each Sunday at Ridgecrest for students is focused on reaching middle schoolers and high schoolers and building them up in the word of God and Worship. Students have the opportunity to worship with their families at our 8:15 Blended Worship Service or our 10:50 Contemporary Worship Service. At 9:30 each Sunday we have 516 Student Breakfast at The Spot, which is on the second floor by the RFC (Gym). Immediately following this breakfast we have 516 Student Connection Groups. These groups offer a great atmosphere for studying God's Word, growing in biblical community, and encouragement to seek Christ-like obedience. We would love for you to join us!



Wednesdays are all about Students! We focus Wednesday nights around reaching all 6th-12th graders in the Wiregrass area! We have two intentional worship services focused on this goal. From 6-7 pm, our Middle School Worship service brings a fun atmosphere that gives 6th-8th graders a time to engage in a fun game, experience worship through song, and focus on a time of study in God's Word. Then from 7-8, our High School Worship service focuses on an intimate time of worship and message from God's Word. Our gym is open from 5:30-8:30 for these students to enjoy, hang out with their friends, do their homework, and wait for older or younger siblings during the other services.


Student Connection Groups

School Map

God has blessed The 516 Student Ministry with influence all over the Wiregrass area. With students from 19 different schools, we see this as an opportunity to send students into our dark world to shine their light for God's glory! Please pray with us for this generation to be used by God to change their world starting right here in our area and going to the furthest places from here. 


Andrew West

Student Pastor Associate

office: 334-792-9406 x2287

Kathy Hayes

Children's & Youth Secretary

office: 334-792-9406 x2257