Youth Ministry

MISSION: To Grow the Faith of Youth

St. Paul Youth (SPY) is our ministry aimed at 7th-12th graders. The goal for this ministry is to build and equip students to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to go out and be fishers of men. We strive to create an atmosphere that is welcoming, as well as uplifting and encouraging. The hope is that our students will take their experiences of wisdom and love and spread in their schools and in the community.

Our tagline is FIND. FOLLOW. FISH. We use this as a reminder of what our mission is and to ensure that everything we do lines up with it. We want kids to accept the invitation as Jesus as their Lord (Find), we want kids to grow in their relationship with Jesus and His Church as well as model the life of a servant (Follow), and we want to equip kids to take all they have gained and pour in to the lives of others, to be fishers of men (Fish).


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Laura Marvets

Director of Youth Ministry

Program Staff

Laura serves as the Youth Director at St. Paul. Born in Marietta Ga and raised in Columbus Ga, Laura spent her childhood years on a tennis court. She attended North Georgia College and State University with a tennis scholarship. Later, transferring to Columbus State University where she graduated with a Exercise Science Degree and three successful years of college tennis. Laura is married to Jay Marvets. She enjoys painting, exercising, discovering new music, traveling, and cooking. Jay and Laura have two dogs - Bo, and June, that they adore!


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 216


Sally Key Bowden

Director of Children's Ministry

Program Staff

While a student at Auburn University, I learned the importance and effectiveness of relational ministry as I had the opportunity to serve as a Young Life/WyldLife Leader. Living in Memphis, TN for the past two years, I worked on Young Life Staff which helped me to gain valuable experience with youth.

Spending time with kids and getting to know them is one of the most effective ways to share the love of Jesus, and there is nothing I love more.

I have never met a stranger and consider myself to be an expert in loquaciousness, however, some might say I talk a little too much. Besides spending time with kids and friends young and old, I LOVE music.

I’m pretty much always listening to all types of music. I enjoy an occasional concert, but mainly classic/southern rock cover bands. Who doesn’t love a good Marshall Tucker cover?!? I also enjoy collecting old editions of Gone With The Wind, a story I’ve loved since I was four years old (my dog, Aunt Pitty, was named after Aunt Pitty Pat from GWTW).


Phone: 706-327-7419 x 209