Youth Ministry Mission Statement

The Youth Ministry of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, supported by all members of the church community, is committed to nurturing young people into lifelong Christian discipleship by:

  • Involving youth and their families in a safe and exciting Christian community
  • Encouraging them to live spiritually rich, Biblically based, God centered lives
  • And preparing them to extend the love of Christ to their community and beyond
First (Scots) Youth Ministry Values
  • We are called to love one another and treat one another with compassion, understanding, and respect.
  • We strive to create an environment that is physically and emotionally safe where youth feel comfortable asking questions and seeking guidance and support.
  • We seek to live as a community of faith in which everyone feels welcome.
  • We live with contagious excitement about our faith that draws others to become a part of our church family.
  • We explore the many gifts God has given us and we share them with one another.
  • We worship and serve God as part of a larger Christian community both as Presbyterians and as followers of Jesus Christ.

Youth Ministry Staff

James Rogers


James oversees the youth ministry of the church including Sunday Night Youth Fellowship, Confirmation, retreats, conferences, and mission trips. He regularly assists in worship leadership on Sunday mornings, leads Kindergarten Chapel, and often serves as the Dinner Dean for Kirk Club. He participates on both the Christian Education and Evangelism Committees and works with the Youth Leadership Team as they plan and lead youth ministry activities. Originally from Lexington, South Carolina, James completed his undergraduate studies and deepened his spirituality at Clemson University. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2003, James felt God’s call to ministry and enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. In 2006 he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained and installed as Associate Pastor at First (Scots) Presbyterian, where he loves seeing the youth of the church living out their faith in Jesus Christ. In 2017, he earned a Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In his free time James enjoys spending time with his wife, Kate, and their son, Barnes. If they aren't watching House Hunters on television or taking a walk, you might find James playing golf at the Muni or rocking out on the guitar.

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Megan Boucher


Megan is the Middle School Youth Director and enjoys spending lots of time with the middle school youth. She grew up in Hartsville, South Carolina but moved to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston in 2003 and couldn't bear to part with this great city after graduation. She has a sweet and funny two year old son named Liam. She loves to travel and enjoy the outdoors, but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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Youth Advisors

  • Carrie Simpson Carrie Simpson grew up in Summerville, graduated from Presbyterian College, and currently teaches pre-k in Dorchester District Two Schools.

    She is excited to be a part of youth ministry here and looks forward to each opportunity to play, pray, and serve with the fabulous youth of First (Scots)!

    Carrie enjoys spending time with family and friends and never misses an opportunity to be outdoors. She loves running, biking, and exploring the mountains of North Carolina. Twizzlers, peanut butter and avocados are her favorites, just not all at the same time! She hopes to one day visit Serengeti National Park in Africa.
  • Hayley Carter has been a member of First (Scots) since 2006. She is married to Jon Carter and has three children: Jackson, Ethan and Piper. Some of Hayley's favorite activities with the church include working on the Christian education and nominating committees as an elder, leading Kirk Club as the Co-Director, and teaching both children's and adult's Sunday school classes. She is really looking forward to getting to know the youth better by serving as a middle school advisor. In her spare time, Hayley loves to travel and had an amazing experience this summer cruising to Alaska with her family. She also likes to exercise and walk four miles every day. Hayley used to work as a physician in the emergency department, but now she think she might try something new. Who knows???
  • Janet White Janet White grew up near Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Washington State University, GO COUGS! (and the University of Washington School of Medicine.) She practices pediatrics in Mt. Pleasant, where she lives with her husband John Sr. and kids (John Jr., William, and Susan). Janet is happy to live in South Carolina where the sun shines more than it rains!

    She has been a member of First (Scots) since the 90’s. She was a youth advisor before she got married, and is thrilled to be back now that her kids are all active in the Youth Program. Her favorite part of youth ministry is the retreats. Janet enjoys walking, shopping, visiting family in Washington State, and hanging out with friends.
  • Carrie Simpson Jessica Hudson’s childhood was exciting, as she grew up with both parents in the Air Force, which meant moving all over the US. After the Air Force her parents settled down in Maryville, Tennessee. While in Maryville, she was a member of First Presbyterian. Jessica transferred her membership to First (Scots) in March 2013, only a couple months after moving to Charleston.

    When she isn't working as an accountant, Jessica enjoys spending time traveling with her Catahoula, Merlot. They both love traveling back to Tennessee to visit friends and family. She is very excited to see how her relationship with Christ continues to grow in her third year of being a middle school youth advisor!