What is Youth Ministry?

Youth Ministry focuses on the critical stage of a child's growth between the ages of 12-17. During this crucial stage of life, young people must be avidly involved in the work of God. Our youth are encouraged to be engaged in church events and youth functions to help them grow in their relationships with others and with Jesus Christ.

Youth & Hyphen Pastors
Adam & Tanya Martinez

Adam & Tanya were both born and raised in Southern California and moved to Las Vegas in 2002. They have been serving as the Youth & Hyphen Pastors of Praise Tabernacle since 2009. Both Adam and Tanya are licensed ministers with the UPCI, hold a degree in Christian Counseling, and are licensed, pastoral counselors. They are passionate about revival in students and young adults, bible quizzing, discipleship, coffee, and most of all Jesus.

Executive Directors
Leo & Robiannce Wells

Leo and Robiannce (Robi) Wells grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from UNLV. Leo has his Master's degree in education (M.Ed.) and has worked with students for 11 years. His wife has also worked in many industries where she has helped people in need, including hospitality and travel. As teens, they were involved in church youth ministry. Robi grew up as a "PK" with both of her parents serving in ministry. She also served as a youth leader from 12 to 18, and then joined the youth staff as an adult. They have a passion for ministry, a heart for young people, and a desire to serve the Lord with all their hearts.

Discipleship Directors
Mark and Savannah Walters

Mark and Savannah Walters are passionate about discipleship and bringing those around them closer to Christ. They each have a special gift of bringing people together and sharing the good news of the Gospel with every hungry vessel. Their passion for the ministry is contagious, their hunger for revival is evident, and their goal is to bring each person on their path to heavenly places. If you are interested in learning more about discipleship or want to be involved in reaching others, please reach out to either Mark or Savannah.

Assistant Youth Coordinator
Andrew Morata

Andrew Morata was born and raised in Las Vegas and started serving on the youth team in 2019. He has been involved with Bible quizzing as a quizzer and then a coach for 7 years. He went to Bangladesh for an AYC trip in 2018 and has been involved with Move the Mission for many years. Watching God move and impact young people's lives inspires him to keep serving the Lord.

Assistant Youth Coordinator
Hannah Yap

Hannah was born and raised in Las Vegas and started on the youth team by helping teach Sunday school for the youth in 2019. She enjoys getting to know all the young people and watching God develop every individual in their callings. She loves to watch God orchestrate every aspect of their lives and encourage them to continue seeking Him no matter what. 

Hannah Morata
Music Director

Hannah has been involved with youth worship since she was 12 years old, using her voice and musical abilities to magnify Him. She has also been involved in Bible quizzing, preaching, and teaching young people. She now serves as the Section 5 Hyphen Director, helping young people transition into adulthood and be more like Christ.

Music Ministry Assistant & Media Team Member
Charity Hernandez
Charity has been involved in ministry on the evangelistic field from day one. At a very young age, she became involved in music with her family as they traveled and ministered. In 2016, she and her family moved to Las Vegas. She has always loved seeing God change people and move on them in mighty ways. Having a passion for young people, Charity loves getting others involved so that they too can feel the passion that God gives to those who pursue after Him.
Media Team Member
Brandon Muddiman

Brandon was born in Georgia but moved to Las Vegas not long after. He has been at Praise Tabernacle ever since, working to help those around him learn about the Lord. He has been involved with various ministries and he loves watching young people draw closer to God. Now, Brandon works in our media team, taking photos and recording videos, documenting all that God is doing in our services, Bible studies, and during fellowship.

Media Team Member
Jahdiel Saneo

As one of our media team members, Jahdiel Saneo is responsible for our youth and hyphen social media pages, as well as the Section five and Praise Tabernacle social media accounts. He has been a creative individual since he was young and believes that all talent should be used for the Kingdom of God. Jahdiel loves socializing and engaging with his church friends and family. He believes pleasing God and becoming more like Him should be the top priority.

Collaborators
Jeron & Corinne Sarmiento

Jeron and Corinne have both learned the value of youth ministry over the years. They love to be involved in young people's lives and help where they can, working to be supportive, and reminding others to put God first. They love youth ministry and enjoy relating to young people about the “teen and young adult” worldly struggles that many of them battle. Together, they make themselves available to help lead and guide every youth or hyphen along their journey.

Senior Bible Quizzing Coaches
Leo Wells & Andrew Morata

Leo Wells and Andrew Morata are over our senior Bible Quizzing program. Senior Bible Quizzing is a program ranging from ages 12 to 18 where young people memorize scripture and participate in monthly tournaments. This program offers many opportunities for lifelong friendships, long-lasting memories, and a deeper understanding of God's Word. To learn more, please visit https://seniorbiblequizzing.com/.

If you or your child would like to be involved in our senior Bible Quizzing program, please reach out to either Leo Wells or Andrew Morata.