YOUTH COORDINATORS

culbertsonsMark and Melanie Culbertson – Youth Coordinators  

Mark and Melanie met when Mark was serving as a full-time youth pastor and Melanie was serving on youth staff at another church and have been involved in ministry together since they were married in 2001. Mark has served in Nazarene churches as both youth pastor and as senior pastor. Leaving ‘full-time ministry’ to become an elementary school teacher, Mark now serves as the principal of a local elementary school and is working on his EdD in Organizational Leadership.

Over the years, Mark and Melanie have continued to serve as part-time youth ministers in various churches. They love teenagers and being on the journey with them through the challenges they go through at this time in their lives. As teens branch out to decide who they are and what they believe in, questioning and wrestling with their assumptions and the things they’ve been taught, Mark and Melanie are committed to not only creating a safe place where kids can ask questions and wrestle with their values and beliefs, but helping them feel grounded in their faith. Creating and deepening relationships helps to create the space where those questions can be asked.

Well-acquainted with the way social media and our culture is transforming the way kids communicate and relate to the world, Mark and Melanie believe that relationships lie at the root of any successful youth ministry (even if how those relationships are fostered have changed over the years).

Mark and Melanie have two awesome kids, Natalia (who is now officially a teenager and making Mark question everything he knew about youth ministry), and Noah, 9.

WATCH HERE FOR THE FOUNTAINS UMC RESPONSE TO COVID-19Information changes frequently, so be sure to check back often

The Fountains UMC is creating a plan for its response to COVID-19, with the goal of maintaining social distance to keep everyone safe. Sharing information and maintaining contact with members and the community is critical, and to that end we have several actions in process. Watch here for updates, and come back often to check on new information!

  • All in-person meetings and group gatherings on campus are supended through the end of April.
  • The Fountains UMC Office will be open by appointment only until further notice.
  • Sunday morning Celebrations are Live-Streamed at 9:30am only, no face-to-face gatherings.
  • Meals at JUSTA and Halle Centers are suspended until further notice.
  • April 24-26 Mingus Mountain All Church Camp is cancelled
Sunday Morning Celebrations

Sunday morning Celebrations will be held at 9:30 online only, via Livestream, You Tube and Facebook. Follow one of these links to tune in on Sunday mornings: