• Will Spink
    Senior Pastor
  • Wyketa Shipman
    Executive Assistant to the
    Senior Pastor
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    Director of Music Ministry
  • Bill Harritt
    Assistant Pastor of
  • Clay McCann
    Assistant Director of Youth
  • Kim Delchamps
    Administrative Assistant of
    Youth/Children Ministries
  • Derrick Harris
    Associate Pastor of
    Shepherding/Young Families
  • Shannon Clark
    Administrative Assistant of
    Adult Ministries
  • Angela Sierk
    Director of Children's Ministry
  • Tyanna Holbrook
    Director of Nursery
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    Director of Facilities/Finance
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    Director of Missions
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Small Groups

Growing in Relationships

Small groups exist to help you grow in relationships... relationships with other Christians, your relationship with the world, and ultimately, your relationship with Christ.

You & Jesus

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” Matthew 22:37

You & Your Peers

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3

You & the World

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19


How does a student get placed in a small group?

Official small group registration occurs at the first 4 Sr. High-Life’s. Once registration has ended we assign each student to a small group. If you have missed the official registration period and desire to be in a group please contact Kim Delchamps at kim.delchamps@southwood.org. We would love to have you involved in our small group ministry.

What size are the small groups?

Small groups usually consist of 5-10 students, with 1-2 adults leading the group.

What kind of time commitment does a small group require?

Small groups usually meet once a week for about an hour during the school year (small groups are off during the summer). Also, students and leaders may need to spend another hour or two preparing and studying for small group during the week. Small groups usually have fellowship time outside of their weekly meeting as well, but this is up to the individual small groups.

What will be studied at small groups?

The curriculum of the small groups is completely up to the individual small group, however, because the Ministry of the Word is one of our core values, we base all our studies on the Word of God. It may be helpful for small groups to study the parts of the Bible that are currently being covered in the worship service, Sunday school, or High-Life. Each High-Life lesson is provided on the web as a podcast (iTunes search keywords: Southwood High Life).

HL Connect Hour is for Jr & Sr High students (grades 7-12). Meeting time is 11am-noon in the Lodge, following the worship service. This is a time on Sunday mornings when students, leaders, and visitors of High-Life ministries gather over breakfast at the Lodge to fellowship. After a time of fellowship, leaders teach from the Word of God.

High-Life (Sundays during the school year, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM) High-Life is our weekly youth event for our Sr. High students that we hope can be used to not only minister to the covenant students of Southwood, but also reach out to every teenager in the area that does not know the love of Jesus. At High-Life we fellowship with one another, spend time in worship, and spend time learning from the Word of God.

Jr. High-Life (Wednesdays during the school year, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM) Jr. High-Life, much like High-Life, is our weekly youth event for Jr. High students, which focuses on ministering to the covenant students of Southwood and reaching out to all the Jr. High students in our area. At Jr. High-Life, we spend time eating and hanging out together, playing games, and learning from the Word of God.

Jr. Crew (Wednesday nights during the school year) and Sr. Crew (Sunday nights during the school year). The Crew is the student leadership team of High-Life ministries made up of juniors and seniors in High School. The Crew focuses on serving the other students of High-Life ministries, loving and encouraging one another, and growing in the Lord. Our desire for Crew is that the students begin to learn to be Christ-like leaders, and lead the other students by constantly loving and serving.

The Winter Retreat is a very important and special event for High-Life ministries. The retreat is a time for the Sr. High students, as well as the leaders of High-Life, to get away and worship, fellowship, eat, rest, laugh, play, learn, and pray together. Every year, students and leaders alike look forward to this annual weekend to reconnect with one another and to God. The Winter Retreat takes place at Camp ToknowHim, an amazing camp in Pisgah, AL.

The Fall Retreat is our retreat for the Jr. High students and leaders in Jr. High-Life. At the Fall Retreat, we have great food, great worship, great teaching, and wild and crazy games. Students and leaders grow together and connect, and many students get plugged in the ministry at the Fall Retreat. The adult leaders and the Crew work together to lead the Fall Retreat, and to begin to build relationships with the students of Jr. High-Life

High-Life ministries have a staff made up of an Assistant Pastor and a female Assistant Director. However, at High-Life our volunteer adult leaders are just as important and hard working as our staff. The ministries are built upon these leaders pouring themselves out by building lasting relationships with their students. Adult leaders can be found at every event, small group, workday, and any other function of High-Life. These leaders teach Sunday school, lead small groups, cook meals, mentor students, host parties, and encourage their students in all that they do. The leaders of High-Life transform it into a close-knit community that cares for its students.

High-Life Ministries seek to advance the Kingdom of God in our lives, homes, church, community and the world. To be sure, we desire to live missionally every hour of every day in our lives. We are all priests who work and serve in the Kingdom of God.

In order to become better servants in His Kingdom, we must broaden our experiences and perspectives. Each year a student is involved with High-Life ministries, we have a unique and challenging mission opportunity.

A student in High-Life is first introduced to short-term missions through our Project Sweat mission trip in the Jr. High ministry. The Project Sweat mission trip is a service oriented mission trip that usually takes place in our own community of Huntsville, or a nearby city in the Southeast. It teaches our Jr. High students that there are many needs in the community around them, and we are called to help fulfill these needs in any way we can.

After serving with Project Sweat in Jr. High, the Sr. High ministry will introduce students to foreign missions with a trip to Reynosa, Mexico (when trip is offered). In Reynosa, the Sr. High works with Isaiah 55 Ministries, a ministry dedicated to helping the deaf children of Reynosa. Sr. High students help with construction projects in the city, and they interact with the deaf students as well. Another option is the "InTown" Mission trip serving different areas of Huntsville (Manna House, Boys & Girls Club, Camp ToKnowHIm, etc.)

After serving with the short-term foreign missions team in Mexico, 11th and 12th grade students have the option of heading to Peru. In Peru, students are able to serve with Scripture Union, a ministry to the “street boys” of Peru.

Seniors who have been to Peru with High-Life Ministries can then participate in an extended trip to Peru where they will be able to explore the jungles and mountain ranges of the country, as well as serve the people of Peru.

With our progressive missions program, each and every year students are in High-Life ministries, they will experience new and difficult challenges in short-term missions.