The SUMC Youth Group is here to help youth understand what it means to be a Christian within their own particular life situations; to explore and discover their own relationships with God, family, and our local communities. Our mission is to help our youth utilize their talents, attain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth, and to create and reinforce lasting connections with their peers and those they serve.
Youth Director: Sean Jans
Sean has made a life of guiding youth to great personal, spiritual, and academic heights. He received the Diane Bishop Scholarship from Grace United Methodist Church in Wyckoff, NJ for his service as a Sunday School Teacher, graduated from Ramapo College in 2014 with a B.A. in Theater, K-6 Teaching Certification, minor in Psychology, and two Irene Ryan Award nominations for outstanding acting performances. Sean has served as a Big Brother, Camp Counselor, Tutor, Senior Instructor, Student Teacher, 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher, and Behavior Interventionist for public and private organizations in New Jersey and Colorado. In July of 2016, Sean returned to his home state of New Jersey to marry and start a family with the love of his life, Amanda Swanson. Together they aim to instill positive lasting change in the communities they serve with the same patience, love, and understanding that God has for us all. Sean is excited to take the Sparta UMC Youth Program to a new level! Through fun, engaging activities and events, compelling conversation, and community cohesiveness, the Youth of Sparta UMC will grow into the best that they can be!
(2 Peter. 3:18)