JR HIGH
ministry

Our Meetings

Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm.
In our gatherings we love to have fun and looking to Jesus together through singing, praying, digging deeply into the Scriptures, and discussing how to apply God’s Word to our lives with leaders and fellow students.

Address:

1020 calle recodo,
san clemente, ca 92673

Our Ministry

UCJHM exists to accomplish three goals:

To help jr highers to KNOW Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul once said, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8). We agree and want to make the good news of Jesus Christ central to everything we say and do so students would come to know the grace and goodness of Jesus Christ. We want students to taste and see that there is nothing better than personally knowing the Risen King, Jesus Christ, and being known by him.

To help jr highers to DECLARE Jesus Christ.
Not only do we want our students to know Jesus, but we want to help them make Jesus known by sharing the good news of salvation to their non-Christian friends and family so they can be saved from death into life! For us, jr highers are not hassles to be endured, but heralds to be equipped.

To help jr highers MAKE DISCIPLES of Jesus Christ.
Jesus has given the Church one mission, to make disciples of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20), and it doesn’t have an minimum age requirement. Christian high school students are called to the work of discipling others! Therefore, we don't only want to help our students walk with Jesus, but help them help other students follow Jesus too.

Our Team

Our Jr. High Ministry is led by a group of men and women* dedicated to helping students know, declare, and disciple (see above for brief explanation). Helping people follow Jesus is a team sport and here is our team.

MATT HEWITT

Jr. High Director
I was born and raised here and I grew up spending lots of time body boarding with my twin brother. After being invited to a jr. high youth group by a friend, the Lord opened my eyes to the saving work of Jesus Christ.  I now live in San Clemente with my beautiful wife, Larissa, and my son Hudson.

JB SMREKAR

Jr High Guys Leader
I grew up in Dana Point and came to Christ the winter of my junior year at Dana Hills High School. I met my wife, Brandi, at BIOLA University and we've been married for seventeen years! Together, we have three beautiful children who love the Lord.

AARON SCHILLER

Jr High Guys Leader
Bio coming soon.

CANDE SCHILLER

Jr High Girls Leader
I was born in Mexico, but raised here in Southern Orange County. My husband (Aaron) and I love the beach and spending time at Disneyland. I am excited to serve on the jr. high ministry team and come alongside parents in building a strong foundation of faith in the lives of our jr high students!

VICTORIA GAMA

Jr. High Girls Leader
I was born and raised in Riverside. By God’s grace, he saved me at 17. After high school, I went on to play soccer at The Master’s University. In my free time you can find me at the beach, attempting golf, or hanging with my tribe. I am stoked to be a part of junior high ministry at Union Church and can’t wait to see how the Lord moves throughout this group.

ALYSSIA ESPINOSA

Jr High Girls Leader
I grew up in Santa Clarita, CA. and moved to San Clemente two years ago. My relationship with the Lord started when I was in the seventh grade, which is why I love Jr. High ministry so much! That and because jr. high students are the best! When I’m not working, I’m typically sewing clothes or spending time with friends.
* To ensure the safety of our students and the faithfulness of our ministry, every leader in the
HSM is a member of Union Church and has been formally interviewed, processed, and
background-checked before ever being with students.