Lakeside Camping

Welcome From Lucas Shroades

Hello Middle School students and families, My name is Lucas Shroades. I am the Middle School Youth Director here at Canton First Friends Church. I have been a part of this church for nearly all my life and have served with the Middle School Ministry since the fall of 2020. I am very excited to step into this new role here at First Friends. I know you will get to know me better over this next year and into the future as I get to know each student and family but for now, here is just a little bit about me. I am married to my wonderful wife, Courteney. We just got married in June 2022. She is a middle school history teacher at Heritage Christian School here in Canton. She is also a high school youth leader at the church and has been serving in youth ministry for more than eight years. We have two cats named Socks and Patches. I love canoeing, hiking, a good book, and a good podcast. I am passionate about the outdoors and camp and retreat ministry as an avenue to experience God. And I really believe that middle school students have a huge role to play in the life of the church as we pursue Christ together! Our Middle School ministry here at First Friends is called Greenhouse 242. Greenhouse represents an environment for you and your family to grow into more mature followers of Jesus. 242 points to Acts 2:42. “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.” We believe that growing in devotion in these areas will help you and your family grow as followers of Jesus. Your time in Middle School will involve being educated, equipped, and encouraged in these areas. Our goal is for you to enjoy God and the abundant life that He has for you, to grow in love, and to worship who God is.

I’m so excited to start this new adventure together. I’m looking forward to meeting each Middle School student and family throughout the year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!