Collide, CVCYouth Middle School Ministry, takes place on Sunday mornings during the 11:00 AM service time at CVC. You can find us in room 104 by taking a left down the hall when you come in through the main entrance of CVC. Just keep walking until you hear teenagers.

Impact, CVCYouth High School Ministry, takes place on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00PM in the Lower Level of CVC. It is easiest to the back of the church parking lot. There will be signs and teenagers. We hang out, eat food, sing, and learn from God’s word.


Collide LifeGroups are for students in 6th-8th grades. Groups are a part of our Sunday morning program which takes places during the 11:00 AM service. Students will worship, listen to a message from the Bible, and then split off into LifeGroups
by gender and grade.

Impact LifeGroups start the week of September 10th and will run through Christmas break.      
Impact LifeGroups are for students in 9th-12th grades. These groups meet in different homes in the communities surrounding CVC throughout the week. Students will grow in their relationships with one another and with God as they enjoy, food, fellowship, and a time of studying God’s Word together.


Rick Eimers

Lauren Shepherd

Joe Valenti


Rick is one of our CVCYouth Pastors with an incredible heart for students. He’s the creative, visionary type, so he’s always coming up with tons of stellar ideas for reaching the Cleveland area for Christ. We love his dazzling wife Brooke, and his daughters Charlotte and Sami are a fun time too. Rick rocks the health food life and is an unapologetic yard sale aficionado. He almost became a professional jockey, but we’re glad he’s here instead.

Lauren is the Youth Director of Discipleship and Events. She started as one of the youth interns and stuck around long enough to be hired as staff. Lauren is an Ohio native and loves all that Cleveland has to offer. On her days off, you can find her at a cute coffee shop, doing her Master's homework, or exploring exciting new places. She loves to meet new people so feel free to introduce yourself, you might just make her day!

Joe pastors at CVCYouth like that’s what he was born to do. He avidly pursues the heart of God, cares deeply about good theology, and loves instilling in students his passion for worship leading. He is married to a beautiful woman named Linda and his kids Logan and Grace will rock your socks. Ask him about his days touring with the band or his awesome racquetball skills. Joe loves dynamite sushi rolls, traveling overseas, and rocking out to country music in his truck.


Each year, the CVCYouth & Missions department
hires young adults to serve as interns in the
youth ministry and missions department.

The interns serve as LifeGroup leaders, disciple students, manage social media accounts, learn office management skills, map out sermons, teach students, and plan some pretty awesome events! This year, Stacie Brandt is the lone intern! 
Stacie enjoys art, spending time with friends and family, and playing games. She will be with CVCYouth until May 2019.