The Harbor

6th - 12 grade

The Youth Ministry, at Murrysville Alliance Church, seeks to cultivate lifelong dependence on Jesus Christ in the lives of young people through studying the transformative Word of God (Bible), embracing Christian community, and equipping them to serve/share Jesus with the world.

Our Youth Ministry is known as The Harbor. At The Harbor we are committed to Refuge, Refuel, and Relaunch. 

Refuge: We seek to invite students to a safe environment where they can freely experience life in, with, and for Jesus Christ.

Refuel: We seek to provide a space where students can be loved, encouraged, guided, and pointed to Christ through the Word of God and healthy relationships with peers and adults as they navigate through life’s various challenges.

Relaunch: All followers of Jesus Christ are called to “GO” and share the love of Christ with the world. We seek to be a strong platform that equips, empowers, and sends students to share the “Good News” of Jesus Christ with their families, friends, neighborhoods, communities, and the world.

Youth Group
Our regular weekly meetings are on Wednesdays, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. All 6th-12th grade students are welcome.

Join to stay up to date with Harbor Youth reminders, events, changes, and/or cancellations.

Youth Events

An annual Medical Release Form is required for every student in order to attend any event. Once completed, the form is good for one calendar year.
Medical Release Form.pdf

Parental Consent Form is required for every student for each event they desire to attend.
MAC Parental Consent Form.pdf

Winter Retreat

  • Who: All students in grades 6-12 are invited!
  • What: Weekend Retreat
  • When: Friday, March 1st – Sunday, March 3rd 
  • Where: Seneca Hills Bible Camp (276 Damascus Rd, Polk, PA 16342)

Departure – Friday, March 1st (From M.A.C. @ 5 pm)

Arrival – Sunday, March 3rd (Back at M.A.C. @ 3:30 pm)


For the Christian, grit is living like it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Grit is persevering even when we experience pain, suffering, loss, and failure. Grit is unwavering trust in Christ even when life plays out differently than expected and/or wanted. If we are to grow in Christian faith, we must cultivate spiritual grit. 


Brent has been a Pastor for 18 years mostly in Student and Family Ministry and has ministered in multiple cross-cultural contexts including a Chinese Church in Detroit, inner city Atlanta, and Thailand. He is currently the Executive Pastor of Ministry at Wheaton Bible Church a multi-ethnic church in West Chicago, IL. where his role is to coach and lead in the development of the staff team and guide the Disciple Making Culture. His passion is helping the church cultivate disciple-making relationships within multiethnic and multigenerational environments.
He and his wife Beth will celebrate 19 years together this spring. And they have 4 children: Brynn (15), Gavin (13), Kade (11), and Eion (9). He enjoys cycling, spending time exploring the outdoors with his family, trying new foods, coaching his son’s sports teams, and cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes!
“Life is hard and following Jesus is difficult. So how can we thrive in the midst of great challenges and lead lives of durable joy? Grit is the nuclear reaction at our core that drives perseverance in life, not in the self-help sense but it is the daily reliance on Christ through the truth of His Word, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit which spark the Biblical realization that “Faithfulness is Enough”. Growing in gritty faith practices allows us to experience Biblical Joy, untethered from circumstance, but cultivated out of a long-term, meaningful relationship with Jesus throughout the good and bad of life.”


  • Every student who attends must complete a Medical Release Form and Parental Consent Form for this specific event. You can find the forms above.
  • Any student who brings a friend who isn’t a regular attendee of Murrysville Alliance Church will ensure 50% reduced cost for both the student and their invited friend.
  • The price includes food, lodging, transportation, four main sessions, indoor rock climbing, axe throwing, and more.
  • Retreat Rules
  • What to Bring