Our VISION is to see transformed students will bring hope to their families, peers, schools, and communities with the saving power and love of Christ. 


Our MISSION is to build trusting relationships to ignite faith and transform students for Christ on school campuses and their communities.




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About TNT Youth Ministry

In August of 2000, Ephrata Mennonite Church, now known as Alive Church Ephrata, began a parking lot outreach ministry for community youth. The outreach met ever Thursday night, drawing well over 100 young people. This outreach soon became known as TNT or “Thursday Night Thing”. Over the years, TNT grew from being known as a Thursday night outreach into a much broader vision. No longer is TNT a church program but an independent, non-profit organization who has developed multiple youth center locations, is ministering on public school campuses, and offering pastoral counseling to youth, marriages and families.

Above all, TNT has a heart to transform young lives by sharing the loving message of Jesus Christ. To accomplish this, we focus on earning the right to be heard by building relationships and showing that we deeply care about people’s lives and hearts. At our youth centers TNT provides fun activities, group games, devotions, and small group times. On the public school campus we provide a servant’s heart, helping students meet academic and relationship goals.

All in all, TNT is all about transformation. Our desire is for youth and adults to experience the love, joy, and hope that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe that loving Jesus and loving others is truly what the kingdom of God is all about.

TNT Youth Ministry Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that salvation is a personal decision made available to all by grace through faith in Christ alone and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. The church best represents Christ to the world when there is Godly humility and unity within and between congregations and love towards the world at large.
  • Through our understanding of the Bible, TNT adheres to various Bible-centered principles, including that it goes without saying that marriage matters. God created and sanctioned marriage to bring together men and women, the complementary halves of humanity, by joining them in “one-flesh” unions. (Gen 2:18-25) Marriage between one man and one woman for life uniquely reflects Christ’s relationship with His Church. (Eph 5:21-33) Marriage also serves as the foundational unit of a stable society. (1 Cor 7:2) It provides the best chance that children will grow up in the same home with both their mom and their dad. Among many other negative cultural developments over the last several decades, the general acceptance of sex outside of marriage and other sexual sins, including homosexual behavior, constitute direct attacks upon this timeless and universal institution. Gender, likewise, matters. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and these distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27) TNT’s heart is for people to find their identity in Jesus Christ. While TNT does not condone the above behaviors, TNT also does not condemn but encourages individuals to find the hope in healing that can be found only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mike Wenger

Executive Director

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Dave Knowles
  • Ministry Director
    (717) 286-4895
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Kurtis Zimmerman

Warwick School District Coordinator
(717) 615-6767

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Christopher Chinchock

Lancaster City District Coordinator
(717) 989-2581

Mike Steffy

Ephrata School District Coordinator          (717) 381-6584

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Missy Lapp

Administrative Assistant
(717) 381-1688

Nikell Martin

Marketing Director
(717) 807-2069

Meet Our Board

Merle Zimmerman – Board Chair

Kevin Eshleman – Secretary

Glenn Sauder – Treasurer

Louis Hurst

Lisa Miller

Kevin Haller

Peter Cook

Cheryl Pfautz

Ken Martin

Marion Clifford

Esther Keyser

Mike Wenger

David Knowles

Melissa Lapp