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About Ascend Student Ministry

Ascend Student Ministry of First Baptist Church exists to allow 7th-12th grade students and their parents to Experience Life-Changing Relationships.

We do this by:

  • Introducing students to a personal, life-changing relationship with the God who created them.
  • We do this by diving into God’s Word (the Bible), by sharing with them the life and ministry of God’s Son (Jesus), and by showing them what this means to their personal lives.
  • Inviting them to join other believers on the life-changing mission of following their Creator.
  • We do this by inviting them to join a Bible Fellowship Group with others their age, by offering exciting opportunities to serve and grow (Camps, Mission Trips & Retreat weekends), and by providing a great facility to enjoy life-changing fellowship.
  • Investing into their lives through meaningful mentorship with God-honoring adult leadership.
  • We do this by connecting them with trained and approved adults that will take an active part in their life journey.
  • Come and Join us as we ASCEND towards Him!

We hope that your family will come and experience what Life-Changing Relationships look like by joining us at Ascend Student Ministry!

Our Staff


Chris Kroll

Student Pastor

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Chris grew up in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of West Florida (Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). Before coming to FBC, Chris served for more than six years at Hartford Baptist Church in Hartford, AL in the roles of both Student Pastor and Senior Pastor. Chris and his wife, Crystal, have been blessed with 5 children (Andrew, Luke, Ella Grace, Emery Faith and Nathanael). Chris’ current favorite life thought comes from 1 John 2:6 – Whoever claims to live in Him (Jesus) must live as Jesus did (NIV).


Aaron Beasley

Associate Student Pastor

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Savannah Ortego

Administrative Assistant

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Megan Waddell

Student Ministry Intern

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Josh Jordan

Minister, College & Young Families

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Josh is from Sulphur Springs TX. He Joined the staff in June of 2007. Josh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from East Texas Baptist University, and a Master of Divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been in student ministry and a worship leader since 2000. Josh and his wife, Leslie love their daughter Kate and their son Judah! They enjoy serving together in the collegiate and young professionals ministry at FBC.


Bill Boren

Minister, Family Life

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Bill Boren serves as our Family Life Pastor. He joined the staff of FBC Covington in May 2006. He has been in student and family ministry since 1993, while serving churches in Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi. He is a graduate from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry. Both originally from Meridian, MS, Bill and his wife Jill enjoy raising their twin daughters, Halle and Hannah and their youngest daughter, Harper.

Weekly Activities

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Youth Bible Fellowship (YBF)

Every Sunday at 9:45 and 11am
A “Sunday School” modeled bible study that provides the opportunity to develop relationship with other students according to their specific age and gender.
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5:14 (see Matt. 5:14)

Every Sunday at 5:14pm
An interactive worship service that incorporates relevant music, technology, a deeper look at God’s Word, and Peer Group discussion. All of these events are designed to move students into a better understanding of God and a deeper relationship with one another. This night will focus on the church becoming and being the LIGHT that God has decided to place in a high position for all the world to see. We want to be that LIGHT!

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Ascension Worship Night

Wednesdays during the school year from 6:30 – 7:30
A powerful night of high-energy worship led by the Ascension Worship Band and relevant bible study led by Pastor Chris! This night will help propel you through the week as you journey every day on the Ascension in Godliness.

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Lead U

Every First and Third Sunday at 8:30am (available to High School Students, requires a signed covenant)
Come meet us in ROC Room 103 and learn principles of leadership that you can apply in our ministry, on your campus and in your future career. This hour is a supplement to your normal weekly bible study time. Lead U students will go to your regular YBF hour and worship hour after this meeting is over.

Youth Choir

Every Sunday during the school year (Starting after Labor Day) at 4pm in the Choir Room
Come join us for a time of Fun, Fellowship, and most of all, Music! No experience is necessary, just a heart and desire to worship! Our big event each year is the Spring Break Choir Tour where we travel to Sing the Good News, Serve others through missions, and Show the love of Christ to all. Youth Choir practice is every Sunday at 4pm in the Choir Room. Come check it out!

The Landing

Every Tuesday at 7pm
Overcome Your Hurts, Habits and Hangups. The Landing is Celebrate Recovery designed for students ages 12-18.

DNOW 2016 – Obedient

FBC Ice Bucket Dump

Check Out Our Upcoming Ascend Events!

Girl’s Summer Bible Study

Thursdays in July, plus August 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm

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Guy’s Summer Bible Study

Thursdays in July, plus August 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm

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Sensational Summer Nights – Hydro Night

July 12, 6-8pm

Sensational Summer Nights – Grill Out and Knocker Ball

July 19, 6-8pm

Sensational Summer Nights – Summer Laser Tag Event

July 26, 6-8pm

Sensational Summer Nights – Back to School Luau

August 2, 6-8pm