Hello, I’m Justyn Schwindt, Junior High Pastor and the newest addition to the GT team! My wife Krista and I are so excited to join the GT family. We both grew up in Pastor’s homes in the Western Ontario District of the PAOC. We’ve both been involved in church our entire lives, and yet we keep coming back for more! I grew up in London, Ontario, and Krista grew up in Barrie. I enjoy coffee, music, guitars, and anything tech or creative. Krista enjoys chocolate milk, Celine Dion, family time, and our Yorkie, Winnie.
My heart and passion is to serve Junior High students and develop leaders by helping them personally walk further into relationship with Jesus, and by leading them to take practical steps of obedience to God in their daily lives. I love the emphasis and energy GT gives to the next generation, and I know our future is bright because we invest so much in our future leaders! I recently read that the majority of a person’s beliefs and ideals are set by age 13. This is an important and urgent reminder just how imperative our Children and Junior High ministries are!
My goal for our Junior High ministry isn’t to simply get as many students in the room as possible — although all are welcome, and we always celebrate newcomers — but to go further and make devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. We aim to invest in leaders, to give them every opportunity to grow in the giftings God has given them, and to see Junior High students be an example to all believers in what they say, in the way they live, and in their love, faith and purity. My prayer for students and leaders is that they know and follow Jesus all their lives and be filled and equipped by the Holy Spirit to realize God's purpose in and through their lives.
One thing I quickly learned in my first few years of ministry is to never underestimate Junior Highs. They are capable of incredible love, faith, hope, joy and passion and can be filled with the Holy Spirit and follow God’s will as much or more as you or I can. Let’s never forget that!
Junior High students are such a blessing to minister to. They are easy to talk to, incredibly fun, full of life, and willing to jump head first into whatever adventure is ahead of them. Whether it is an event, service, trip, conversation, or game, we always have fun along the way! If you’ve never had the pleasure of leading Junior High students, I can assure you you’re missing out on something amazing and rewarding!
Krista and I are so excited for this next season of our lives and our ministry. We know we are called to serve this church family, and that God has an incredible purpose and plan for GT. We are honoured to be a part of that journey!
PS - If you love dogs, make sure you follow Krista on social media for pictures of our Yorkie, Winnie!