The youth ministry of GCF Hays is designed to propel our youth into action, and to give them a bigger vision for their lives. We look to not only stir up passion for Christ, but show them they are meant, called, and equipped to do the mission that God has called them to. We believe that every youth that enters our doors will leave knowing they are a strong Christian and see God move throughout all areas of influence.

We offer times of fun-filled games and fellowship, worship, and biblical teachings.  Outside of our weekly meetings we offer community projects, special intensives and seminars designed to equip youth with current issues they face today, and also mission trips (both domestic and international).


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Scroll down to our media section below to view some videos of past events!


Robert Hess

Robert Hess


Robert currently serves as the youth pastor at GCF Hays.  He loves to engage and encourage youth through teachings and great conversations.  Robert initially visited the church at the invitation of a co-worker, and after experiencing God in such a powerful way he decided to wholeheartedly pursue God with a renewed vision and sense of purpose.

A proud veteran, Robert served in the United States Navy as an Information Systems Technician.  He studied at the University of Texas El Paso and received his B.S. and B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

Robert is an El Paso native and grew up in a rich culture of good Mexican food and music.  Outside of church, you’ll find him walking all the trails with his Fiancé Madison, watching Liverpool, or playing with his pups Khloey and Dexter. Madison and Rob will be married in April 2021.

Hope Christie

Hope Christie

She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Austin in 2015. Even as a child she loved to worship and would dance in the aisles on Sunday mornings. At 13, Hope and her family joined Grace and she fell in love with the community that shared her heart and excitement for worship. 

Hope is a college freshman, but on a regular day, you can find her making lattes at the local Starbucks in Buda. During her off time, you’ll find her adventuring around Austin hot spots (e.g., hiking and eating ramen) and spending quality time at home with her pup, Theo.
Madison Crider

Madison Crider


Madison is excited to begin her first year as a youth leader at GCF.  She loves to influence and encourage youth through fun games and engaging conversations.  Madison initially visited the church at the invitation of her boyfriend (now fiancé) Robert, and after experiencing God in such an exciting and welcoming way at GCF, she resumed her faith journey, with Christ at the center of her life.

A proud Longhorn, Madison studied Human Biology at The University of Texas at Austin where she completed her B.S. in Biology. She then attended Graduate School at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Madison currently works as a Physician Assistant in Pediatric Orthopedics, caring for injured children from all areas of Central Texas.

Madison is an Austin native and grew up enjoying all that the Texas Hillcountry has to offer.  Outside of church, you’ll find her at the gym, working in the yard, experimenting in the kitchen, or walking the trails with her wonderful Fiancé, Robert.



Highlights from our most recent “Momentum” GMI summer camp.