High School Ministry

“If we love one another, God abides in us, and God’s love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:12

First Pres Ann Arbor nurtures teenagers’ spiritual growth through community, education, and fun. Events and activities center around learning about the Bible and what it means to be a young Christian in today’s society. High School Ministry offers Sunday School classes, a youth group, the opportunity to participate on national and international mission trips, involvement in inter-generational church activities, and much more, all under the amazing leadership offered by staff, youth leaders and teachers and fellow students.

Sunday School

Keystones meets weekly for Sunday School during the school year

  • Munch & Mingle - 9:20 a.m. Lower level hallway (basement). This is a time to enjoy donuts, catch up with people, wake up and get ready for SS
  • Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Room (Lower level) 


Keystones meets each Sunday night from 6-7:30 p.m. to bring together students from 8 area high schools. This June the high school will be returning to San Jose, Costa Rica to serve with the Portantorchas Bible School. This trip is open to all present high schoolers and their friends.

Keystones meets Sunday nights 6-7:30 p.m. in the Youth Room (Lower Level) during the school year. Keystones is led weekly by Marc Buchanan and Peer Minister Lex Allum.

Costa Rica Mission Trip

The Costa Rica Mission Trip is June 18-27, 2017. On Sunday, June 18, we fly from Detroit to San Jose where Jorge Zuniga, the Portantorchas Mission Coordinator, will meet us at the airport and transport us to the neighborhood of Grand Blanc. At night the team will stay in bunks with hot showers on a beautiful, secure campus. Our meals will be served in the main house. We will travel by motorbus to our worksites out in the community. As the end of the work week we will travel to Quepos on the Pacific Ocean and stay in a local hotel. We will swim on one of the world's most beautiful beaches and visit Manual Antonio National Park to see howler monkeys, sloths, caimans, and all kinds of birds. For more information, contact Rev. Jay Sanderford at jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org, 662-4466, ext. 340.

Summer Activities

Summer activities for high schoolers are well under way! In the next couple months we will be headed to Cedar Point and Costa Rica, planning bonfires, scavenger hunts, and lazy river days. Stay tuned for more details.

High School Trip to the Cascades!

Sunday, July 9 - Join us as we sit together for the 11:00 a.m. service and head to Argo Park afterward for some fun in the sun! If you have a blow up tube, please bring it. Cost is $10 to rent tubes at the park. Rides provided. Let Lex know if you are coming!

Ann Arbor Art Fair

July 20 - 23 - We are looking for high school students who are willing to help with parking over Art Fair weekend. Money raised goes towards youth mission and fundraising for mission trips. Interested? Email Rev. Jay Sanderford at jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org, or Lex Allum at aallum@firstpresbyterian.org for details.

Contact Information

For questions about Keystones, please contact Peer Minister Lex Allum, aallum@firstpresbyterian.org.

Our Mission Trips

  • 2017    Florida, Costa Rica, Pittsburgh
  • 2016    Indiana and Pittsburgh
  • 2015    Guatemala, Pittsburgh, Florida
  • 2014    Florida, Colorado, Pittsburgh
  • 2013    Costa Rica, Pittsburgh, Florida
  • 2012    Florida, New Mexico, Pittsburgh
  • 2011    Florida, Jamaica
  • 2010    Norfolk, Pittsburgh
  • 2009    Costa Rica, Pittsburgh