“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.)

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.

High School Small Group

High School Small Group (Guys and Girls)

Sunday Nights  6:00 pm- 7:30 pm

The Haberkorn’s house

1135 Carter Drive, Chattanooga, TN

Dinner is provided!


Hey FPC Middle School Students! Come join us June 25-29th, 2018 for Middle School RYM! This conference is in Laguna Beach, FL and will be filled with time in God’s word, hanging out at the beach, and deepening friendships with other FPC middle school students! You will not want to miss this week away. Spots are limited, so sign up TODAY to reserve your spot! This trip is open to upcoming 6th graders-upcoming 9th graders.


Middle School RYM
June 25-29, 2018
Laguna Beach, FL
$400, need-based scholarships are available!
Contact Mike if you have any questions Mike@1stpresbyterian.com


Register HERE.

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 Mike Haberkorn, Director for Youth

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


Jessica Hart, Assistant Youth Director

More about Jessica (click)

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

Youth Interns

Taylor Bowman
Middle School Guys Intern

Hannah Crawford
Middle School Girls Intern

Zach Mashburn
High School Guys Intern

Anna Richards
High School Girls 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