We believe that every student is loved by God and because of God’s love we are able to grow in relationship with God and with others. The Mill – Student Ministries is here to inspire every middle and high school student to reach, feed, release others to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
Aloha Y'all! My name is Matt Laskey, and I was born and raised in Rockdale County, Georgia! I came to Lynchburg in 2003 to attend Liberty University. During that time, I discerned a call to missions and spent years on the island of Maui and in South Asia leading teams of young adults to preach the Gospel. I received my BA in Christian Ministry from Regent University in May 2020 and have been in ministry for the past 20 years. I have a beautiful wife (Bethany) and five amazing children. God is good!! I love students and know that the future of the church is cultivated through teaching the Truth of the Word and the Power of the Spirit. This generation is called to greatness, and we are called to disciple them to meet that greatness with fun, learning, and mission.
My name is Katina Sheppard and I have two beautiful daughters, Kassidy and Ally. I’m from Brookneal, VA & lived in Gladys, VA, a good portion of my life. I moved to Lynchburg in 2004 and have called Forest my home for almost ten years. I started working in children’s ministry when I was 15 years old, helping my aunt “Cat” with her Sunday School class and assisting in the nursery. Soon after, my cousin & I started leading Children’s Church for 3-5-year-olds. It was then that my love of teaching children God’s word developed. I worked in Children’s Ministry for nine years at Timberlake and started working in Student Ministries in 2016 when my oldest daughter was in 7th grade. It is an honor and a privilege to walk alongside your students as they journey through Middle & High School. I believe it is important to nurture students in their relationship with the Lord and help them grow deeper in their faith. Encouraging family relationships at home helps to strengthen the partnership between parents and our leaders. It is my hope for your Student to leave high school with a firm foundation in Jesus.
The Mill is a movement of middle and high school students who come together to love God and to love one another. As a ministry of Timberlake Church, we offer our students an environment of exploration and encouragement in their walk with God and their journey in life. We exist to serve God and each other. We are all about having fun as we learn and grow in our love for God and service to others. Students engage in times of worship, prayer, Scripture lessons, fun games, and activities. Our leaders are here to encourage every student in their walk with God. We believe that we are better together and provide a space for every student as we grow In our faith as a community.