About Us

Our Mission:

Element Student Ministry exists to reach everyone for Christ, to connect with other Christians, to grow in our faith, to serve those in need, and to honor God with our lives.

Our Vision:

Element Student Ministry’s vision is to partner with families in supporting the growth of student relationships with Christ. We realize that this partnership requires effort on both sides and, at Element, we do our very best to provide a variety of creative ministry opportunities that help students fall more in love Jesus Christ each time they walk through our doors. We offer many different ways to get plugged in because we know that each individual student is in a unique place on their spiritual journey. We aim to meet students where they are and then help them GROW deeper in their faith.

Our hope is that you will find a ministry that you can get involved with this year. We don’t expect anyone to participate in everything, but we DO want you to find at least one weekly ministry to participate in and fully commit to being a part of. If you have any questions about our ministry, please get in touch with us. We love to share about our vision and goals.

We’re excited about walking alongside your family on this faith journey. We look forward to supporting, challenging, and guiding you to grow in your desire to be more like Christ.

Meet our Staff!

Robert Sturdivant
Youth Minister
Robert leads an incredible team and strives to connect students, parents, and leaders to God through our ministry. He is a mentor to many and a friend to all. Hobbies include: his dogs, yard work, good (and bad) coffee, Instagram, CrossFit, sarcasm.
Liza Spencer
Director of Outreach and Missions
Liza sees over student discipleship, mission events and most awesome things that come from our ministry. Liza doesn't know a stranger and loves connecting with students on a deeper level. Hobbies include: ice cream, hanging out with students, going to Panama, singing in the shower.
Kameron Mitchell
Worship Leader
Kameron is currently a senior at Birmingham Southern College, but spends most of his extra time at Element connecting with students and leading the youth worship team. Hobbies include: Being in a band, being in his other band, Publix Fried Chicken, his hair.
Sarah Mezzy
Creative Person
Sarah makes stuff sometimes! Videos are her jam, and she loves to learn as she goes. Sarah has a great sense of humor and average eyesight. Hobbies include: making fun videos, hotdogs, HDMI cords, leftovers, Leap Day.
David Thompson
Youth and Family Ministries Pastor
David is an executive pastor at Trinity UMC, but youth ministry is in his bones. His creativity and motivation are unparalleled. Hobbies include: dreaming big, asking fun questions, nicknames, Team Handball and Olympics.
Rachel Saliba
Administrative Assistant
Rachel used to be a volunteer at Element and is debatably the most relatable staff member of the team. She is organized, efficient, and makes everyone's life better. Hobbies include: her dog Lemon, actual lemons, dancing like no one is watching, dancing like everyone is watching.

Ministry Outlook:

To effectively help students become deeply committed Christians, we must first identify where they are in their spiritual journey. Then, we encourage them to grow and move deeper down the ministry funnel of discipleship.

Photo Release Policy:

It is the policy and practice of Element Student Ministry that during any and all programs, events and worship experiences that there may be photographs and video footage taken and published on our various social media platforms that could include you/your student without financial compensation or consideration. If you would like to opt out of this policy, please submit your request in writing to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1400 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham AL 35209 Attn: Element Student Ministry. Please be sure to include your/your student’s name and contact information. Thanks!