Youth Ministry

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Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor

Youth Director

Office: (615) 859-1391 x1023

About Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor has a passion for sharing Jesus with young people and inspiring youth and young adults for mission and service.

He and his wife, Kimberly, have two amazing children named Matthew and Joshua. Greg and Kim have been a ministry team from the very beginning of their relationship. While in college, they both worked at Camp Cedar Falls and then Camp Au Sable under Gary Thurber. It was at Camp Au Sable that Greg felt the call to ministry and he realized he should continue to study theology at Andrews University. Both Kim and Greg taught at Grand Rapids Adventist Academy in Michigan and later accepted a call to Spencerville Adventist Academy in Maryland.

After seven years in the classroom, Greg accepted the call to be the youth pastor at the Glendale Seventh-day Adventist Church in Indianapolis. He soon received a call to Wisconsin to serve as the youth director for the conference. Greg currently is serving as the youth director for the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference. Along with the adventures of being a youth director, Greg enjoys running, playing basketball, playing guitar, and spending time with his beautiful family!

Nelson Silva

Nelson Silva

Associate Youth Director

Phone: (615) 859-1391 x1023

About Nelson Silva

Nelson Silva came to the US in 1999 from Venezuela to further his studies in business and ministry. He decided instead to focus on completing an MA degree in youth ministry after experiencing the joy of serving the young in the context of a new culture. In 2003, Nelson became a bi-vocational youth worker, both as a volunteer youth pastor and as a bilingual Home and School Advisor in the public school system in Indianapolis, Indiana. While in the public school system, he counseled inner city youth, their parents, and served a liaison between 17 schools and immigrant families providing cultural support to families and school personnel. Nelson also collaborated in the creation of after school programs to target inner city youth development and discipleship. During this time, Nelson and April married becoming partners in ministry. April served as a bilingual assistant for newcomers to the United States in one of the Indianapolis high schools. Simultaneously, the couple were instrumental in the creation of Hispanic youth ministry in the state of Indiana as well as in the Indianapolis leading church.

In 2013, Nelson completed a Doctor of Ministry in Youth, Families, and Culture which allowed him to delve deeper into inner-city ministry in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s mission in public schools. As a Doctor of Ministry candidate, he created the Development, Discipleship, and Mission in Community (DDMC) model in collaboration with Brown Chapel Missions, the combined mission projects of two English speaking churches, and Indianapolis Public Schools. The DDMC model was applied as an after school program in 2010, which provided mission to the churches involved and social capital to the students and volunteers.

As a result of the after school ministry, Indiana Conference asked Nelson to plant a church near the ministry area and later to serve as a district pastor in Marion, Indiana. Nelson currently serves as the Associate Youth Director for Young Adults, Public Campuses, and Hispanic Youth Ministries in the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference. He enjoys running, hiking, reading, and playing the guitar and cuatro.

Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (615) 859-1391 x1023

ICC Registration & Gift Giving Available:

Give a child you love the gift of summer camp at Indian Creek Camp.  What joyful surprise you will see in the eyes of your soon to be 2016 Indian Creek Camper when you tell them you are sending them on seven action packed days of fun and learning.  Registration and printable gift certificates can be found at the Indian Creek Camp website.  Questions, please call our Youth Department line at (615) 448-1023.  Indian Creek Camp has been providing an exciting, safe, Christian Camping experience since 1960 and is now American Camping Association accredited.

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