“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20 

The Youth at First Presbyterian

Mike Haberkorn, Youth Director

The Youth Ministry at First Presbyterian Church exists to foster devotion, discipleship, and missions in the lives of students. We believe that only when students love God and abide in Christ will they be able to follow him and share the gospel with others. Every aspect of our ministry focuses on how to grow in our relationships with God and with each other. We understand that the middle school and high school years can be some of the most pivotal in a person’s life. Therefore, we address real-life issues by studying God’s Word and living in fellowship with one another. Come be a part of our youth ministry and experience the love of God and the love of His people!

More about Mike

Born in Topeka, the capital of the great state of Kansas, in 1984, my education ( kindergarten through high school) was at  Cair Paravel-Latin, a private Christian School. Then, at Kansas State University, I heard God’s call to go to seminary to study to be a pastor. I moved to Dallas in 2007 to attend Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated in 2012 with a Masters of Theology degree. My first day in Dallas, I met my future wife, Mary, although it took me a few months to figure out that she was the one. (I am apparently a bit slow.) We were married in December 2008 and began attending Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCPC). Mary and I both worked as middle school interns at PCPC until I became the Middle School Director in 2010. An opportunity arose early 2015 for me to accept the position of Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church allowing us to move to Chattanooga. Since we have been here, we have been so encouraged by this church and by working with the students. God has blessed me greatly with the calling to lead the Youth at First Presbyterian Church and I look forward to all that God has in store for this ministry!

CONTACT: Mike Haberkorn      214-799-7838    mike@1stpresbyterian.com

WHO: Middle School through High School

WHY: Fellowship, worship, Bible study, fun, new friends

Contact me at 214-799-7838   or   mike@1stpresbyterian.com

Sunday School

You are invited to enjoy a time of fellowship, worship, and study of Scripture with other middle school and high school students. We meet from 9:45 A.M.-10:45 A.M. in the Student Center (across McCallie Ave. from the main church building.)

Fall Teaching Schedule on “Major Prophets” (download)

Youth Group

Come be part of our Midweek Youth Group on Wednesdays, following dinner in the Fellowship Hall! There will be games, worship, and small group studies for middle school and high school students. Midweek Youth Group meets from 6:15-7:30pm in the Student Center.

Small Groups

Middle School (Girls and Guys)

Starting Monday, August 29, 2016!!!

Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm

The Brown’s Home

2833 Anderson Pike, Signal Mtn, TN

High School (Guys and Girls)

Starting Sunday, August 28, 2016!!!

Sundays, 6:00-7:30pm

The Haberkorn’s Home

1135 Carter Dr. Chattanooga, TN


We have exciting events coming up. Please check them out and register below.

 email Mike at mike@1stpresbyterian.com or call at 214-799-7838

email Jessica at jessica@1stpresbyterian.com

… for any questions. Thanks.

Register HERE for . . .

click for more on Middle School SUMMER SIZZLE, May 30-June 1, Register online

Register HERE

Register HERE for . . .

click for more on High School SUMMER NIGHT LIVE, June 1-June 3, Register online

Register HERE

Register HERE for . . .

click for more on CHARLESTON MIDDLE SCHOOL SERVICE TRIP, June 18-June 22, Register online

Register HERE

4 days in beautiful Charleston, SC! Serving others, exploring the city, beach time, shopping, games, etc!

This trip is open to rising 6th graders-rising 9th graders

When: June 18th-22nd, 2017

Cost: $150 Need-based Scholarships available

Register online or by emailing Jessica at jessica@1stpresbyterian.com

Register HERE for . . .

click for more on High School RMY FLORIDA TRIP, June 18-June 22, Register online

Register HERE

  • Unforgettable times on the beach, hearing God’s Word, and deepening friendships
  • Open to FPC high school students and friends (upcoming 9th Graders through Graduated Seniors)
  • Register online or email Jessica Hart at jessica@1stpresbyterian.com
  • $425 due by May 8th
  • Need-based Scholarships available
  • Questions? Email mike@1stpresbyterian.com

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 MikeHaberkorn, Director for Youth

Contact me  at   214-799-7838    mike@1stpresbyterian.com 


Jessica Hart, Assistant Youth Director

More about Jessica

Having moved to Tennessee from Illinois when she was just six years old, Jessica considers herself a native to the Chattanooga area. She grew up in Birchwood but has enjoyed living closer to downtown since college. While growing up, Jessica was plugged in at a local church and made a profession of faith when she was 8 years old. She has been growing in her relationship with the Lord, by his grace alone, ever since. While she was in college, she worked as a waitress and served part time on the worship team at Christ Reformed Church in Hixson. She was also involved with a college ministry called Cru, which is where she was discipled and where the Lord continued to grow her heart for ministry. She graduated in December of 2015 from UT Chattanooga with a degree in Child and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. Her interests include spending time with her friends, cooking, pinning things on Pinterest that she usually never actually attempts, and getting to know new people. Since becoming full time with FPC in July of 2015, Jessica has loved getting to know the middle and high school girls as well as other member of the church. She loves her job and is excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing at First Presbyterian!

Contact me at  jessica@1stpresbyterian.com or 423-790-9581


Emilee Smith, Middle School Youth Intern

Dexter Gouger, Middle School Youth Intern

Anna Richards, High School Youth Intern


Robert Marshall, High School Youth Intern



First Presbyterian Church operates a “retreat,” Camp Vesper Point, on Lake Chickmauga in Soddy Daisy, TN – about 40 minutes north of downtown Chattanooga. It’s a great place for youth gatherings on the lake and  for families staying in the rustic cabins together. The church has several annual activities for youth and families at the lake.

You are welcome to take a tour. See contact information on the website.


More about Youth Ministry (Members serving Youth)

More information may be added here.

CONTACT: Mike Haberkorn      214-799-7838    mike@1stpresbyterian.com

WHO: Middle School through High School

WHY: Fellowship, worship, Bible study, fun, new friends