DISCIPLE SUMMER MISSION
Disciple Summer Mission is composed of a teams of several leaders that plan, pray, and work hard to organize each week for your churches youth group to attend. Since 2011, the dynamic of Disciple Summer Mission has changed from a couple of churches gathering, to about 550 participants, from 13 different states, in two different locations, and crossing into 7 different states. All groups, 6th through the 12th grade and their accompanying adults, are welcomed to join us for a week of mission.
Fester is one of the founders of DSM which started in 2011. Fester manages our registration, communication between planning team and churches, and planning worship. Fester is currently serving as the Senior Minister at Crossroads Christian Church, Carrollton Texas. Fester has done all of his schooling at Texas Christian University. Fester grew up in Lubbock, TX, but has served churches in Fort Worth, TX, Greeley, CO, and Tyler, TX. Fester loves playing Disc Golf, talking loud, and tinkers on the guitar from time to time.
Rev. Fester Coffee-Prose
Rev. Alexandria "Alex" Smith
Alex has been a member of DSM family since 2015. Alex handles DSM's Housing and Public Relations. Alex is currently serving as the Associate Minister of Youth, Information, and Technology at First Christian Church of Granbury, TX. Alex received her Bachelors of Arts in Youth & Family Ministry from Lubbock Christian University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity. Alex was born and raised in Austin, TX and has a passion for traveling. Alex has a deep love for elephants, Harry Potter, and Dr. Pepper.
Justin lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife Erin, their 3 puppies, and Bob the turtle. He began serving with DSM in 2014 when he was Director of Children & Youth Ministries at First Christian Church in Wichita Falls, TX. Justin currently works as a registered behavioral therapist serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder(s) and other neurological & learning disabilities. Justin serves in a number of capacities at his wife's church, Riverside Avenue Christian church, including Christian Education Chair, Chair-Elect of the Children's Art Center Board that is part of the churches ministry, and leads the Praise Team on Sunday mornings and during special events. He loves serving others in any capacity and wants to make sure that all are truly welcome at the Table.
Rev. Justin Dickey
Rev. David Lee
David has been a member of the DSM family since 2017 working with our finances. David is currently serving at First Christian Church of Rowlett, TX. David graduated from Lubbock Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Youth & Family Ministry and currently attending Brite Divinity at Texas Christian University working towards his Masters of Divinity. David has worked with children and youth in church settings and has a passion for serving people- meeting them where they are.
Shawn has been a member of the DSM family since 2016 and handles our work sites. Shawn is currently working with youth and college students at First Christian Church of San Marcos, Texas. Shawn is bivocational, working at Thermon as a scheduler/expediter and has served in that role for 12 years. Shawn is crazy about serving others, floating the river, and New Orleans!!
Sara joined the DSM family in 2017 coordinating our evening activities. Sara is a school teacher and currently working with the youth at Community Hills Christian Church in San Angelo, TX. Sara loves watching people grow in their faith, elephants, and spending time with her husband and wonderful kids.
In 2011, nearly 80 of us gathered in Midland, Texas for the first time. By the next year, we almost doubled in size venturing to Arkansas and Missouri. In 2013, DSM again almost doubled in size on our way to New Orleans, LA reaching 326 youth and adults. 2014 was a formative year for DSM. We headed to Oklahoma City, OK with about 350 youth and adults from 28 churches in 7 states.
2015 - 2018:
Due to the overwhelming response we continue to experience at our summer mission projects, Disciple Summer Mission 2015 made the step of faith to host TWO TRIPS. The trips took place in Albuquerque, NM and Nashville, TN with a combined total of 520 youth and adults. In 2016, we continued with two trips- St. Louis, MO and San Marcos, TX. In 2017, we went back to one trip and had about 240 participants on our trip to Baton Rouge, LA. We served a community that was effected by the flooding. In 2018, DSM traveled to Lexington, KY for a week of relational ministry, working with the local agencies, and learning about Disciples history.
We will be in Springfield, MO for DSM: Youth!