Children & Youth

Messiah offers a vibrant program with projects and mission trips designed to give our youth a wider perspective,  experience living conditions different from their own, and instill the desire to offer service to others in need.

Kelly Benz is Messiah’s director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry. She has worked with Messiah’s youth and children for the past 15 years. Kelly has a B.A. in Human Services from Iowa Wesleyan, Family Development Specialist certification (University of Iowa) and Youth & Family certification (Wartburg Theological Seminary. ) She also attends the ELCA Youth Ministry Network training annually.

Laura Carruthers  is the Assistant Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry. Laura attended Southeastern Community College. She volunteered at Messiah for seven years before becoming the assistant director three years ago. Laura is certified in Laughing  Yoga, Godly Play, Raising Faithful YouthIt Takes a Village, and Lutheran Worship in a new Key, and attends annual training with the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.