Ryan Reitzammer, Director of Youth Ministries
Ryan loves youth ministry. It's messy, fun, & hard work, filled with bible studies & games, mission trips & deepening relationships. Ryan leads YMT (Youth Ministry Team) with Jennifer, John & Scott and works as a full-time church staff member. Ryan loves to see students make their faith their own & love Jesus back! Ryan loves movie quotes, accents & playing sports. It has also been rumored that Ryan eats Nutella by the spoonful...(email Ryan here)
Ron & Heather Thomas, High School SGL's
I'm not clowning around, this guy is magical. He does both by the way (clowning & magic). In addition to serving as an SGL's, both Ron & Heather serve on YMT (Youth Ministry Team) and have been instrumental in making our annual Cook Off in January a success!
Leah McFadden, Art Coordinator
Leah's genuine love of our students shines through in everything that she does! Besides representing Northwoods as an Adult Representative at PYCC (Presbyterian Youth Connections Council), "Momma Leah" has been a loving contributor to our Youth Ministry for many years in many ways. Leah has now taken on our budding Art Program! This program feeds our students creative side and Leah is always looking for volunteers (click here to volunteer)!
Scott Long, High School SGL
If you don't know Scott, just look for the guy in any Chicago sports team gear (Sox not Cubs!). From serving on YMT to helping as a SGL with our High School youth to near heart attack status on Wednesday night basketball, Scott enjoys tremendously being around the energetic and purposeful group of youth here at Northwoods.
Kaitlyn Linehan, Summer Intern
I am very excited to be working with Northwoods youth ministry this summer, so that I may have the chance to positively impact our youth, and strengthen my own relationship with God. I am currently a sophomore at LoneStar College System – North Harris majoring in Psychology with hopes of becoming a Transpersonal therapist so that I may enlighten others’ mind, body and spirit. I can’t wait to enjoy the summer with our youth and grow together!
Jennifer O'Neill, Elder to Youth
Jennifer is a mom of three members of the youth group and helps lead the annual golf tournament. She is an occupational therapist and she enjoys music, the beach, and being with friends and family. Jennifer cherishes the wonderful experiences from when she was a member of her youth group and thinks that the Northwoods Youth Ministry is an amazing group focused on spreading the good news of God's Love!
Henry Collins, Confirmation Class Leader
Henry has a serious love of all things youth ministry. Henry serves as our primary teacher for our Confirmation class and serves on YMT (Youth Ministry Team). Henry loves engaging students & they never doubt his devotion to them. This guy is known to quote large portions of The Princess Bride (with sound effects)...
Rob Trennel, Middle School SGL
This middle school teacher just can't get enough so he leads out as one of our middle school SGL's. In addition to serving as an SGL, Rob serves on YMT (Youth Ministry Team). Rob is also serving as an Adult Representative on PYCC (Presbyterian Youth Connections Council), which is the student leadership program that plans annual events like Conclaves & the PYCC Rally.
Joe Eubanks, Middle School SGL
Joe's real name should be Andrew, because just like the apostle he's always making our guests feel welcome & getting them connected with the group! In addition to serving as an SGL, Joe serves on YMT (Youth Ministry Team) and regularly volunteers as an Event Chaperone as well.
Joey Lizzote, Dir. of Contemporary Worship
In addition to leading worship in the Journey service, Joey has taken on developing a student band to lead our youth group in worship on Wednesday nights. He is always looking for more talented musicians as he works to empower them to perform without him on the stage. Please let us know if you would like to share your musical gifts with our group!