Our youth meet at the church building Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:30PM! Come and join us!

Welcome! We are so glad you are here. We are Essential Youth, the student ministry of Essential Church. Our desire for students comes from Romans 1:16,

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”.

We want to see middle and high school students in Huntsville living lives that are unashamed of the Gospel. We believe that the current generation of students is uniquely equipped to take a powerful stand for Jesus in today’s culture. We want to help them to do this by teaching them to pursue an authentic relationship with God and encouraging them to share their faith courageously. We hope that you will join us at LAUNCH, a weekly gathering of students where you will hear a culturally relevant teaching and be plugged into a small group of your peers.

LAUNCH meets every Wednesday night at 6:30 at the church building.

Parents, thank you for checking out Essential Youth. We understand that you are the biggest influence on the faith of your child. We want to serve you by coming alongside you and equipping you to lead them on their journey of faith. If you have questions or there is anything we can do to serve you and your family please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at

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Blake and Brianna Thomas, Youth Leader

Blake grew up in a small town in North Alabama. He moved away for a few years to pursue his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and returned in 2018 to start his career. Blake has been involved with Young Life in both Troy and Huntsville and served as a counselor at Camp Ozark while in college. Blake has a passion for equipping teenagers to stand firm in their faith and to be an example to their peers. Blake has been married to his wife, Brianna, for one year.


Casey Farley, Youth Coach

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