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 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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Natalie Ellis


Natalie is from Florence, SC and a student at the College of Charleston. She is majoring in Early Childhood Education and plans to become a 1st Grade teacher upon graduation. She loves music and has been singing her entire life. She enjoys reading, painting, and writing in her spare time. She is excited to see what God has in store for her and to be working with the youth!

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Dayna Perkins


Originally from Toledo, Ohio Dayna initially migrated to the University of South Carolina where she enjoyed being a part of the Presbyterian Student Association. After her time in Columbia, she continued to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist at the Medical University of South Carolina. During her time at the MUSC she was very fortunate to become a member and Youth Ministry Intern at First (Scots). Her prayers were then answered, by being matched to a pharmacy residency program in her home town. While away she enjoyed spending time with her parents, extended family, and close childhood friends. Dayna feels further blessed to be returning to MUSC as a clinical pharmacist in the children's hospital as well as the youth of First (Scots)! Outside of the hospital she enjoys going for a jog on the beach, playing golf, and visiting her twin brother in Savannah.

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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.
  • Carrie Simpson Cameron Widman Leyh grew up just around the corner from First (Scots) and has been attending all her life (even for Kindergarten!). She attended Wofford College in Spartanburg and spent some time in New Zealand before returning to Charleston. She is currently a property manager for a condominium project downtown.

    In her free time, Cameron loves to be out on the water. Cameron loves working with the youth, as she has fond memories of her time as a youth at First (Scots).
  • Carrie Simpson Saye Simpson grew up in Rock Hill, SC and attended Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church. He has attended two Presbyterian supported schools, Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in Georgia and Presbyterian College. Graduating from The Citadel, he now works for Comcast as a Direct Sales Representative. Away from church, he enjoys attending concerts, hanging out on the beach, and spending time with friends and family. He loves living in Charleston and being involved in all that Holy City has to offer.
  • Carrie Simpson Erin Hauhn has been a Charlestonian since 2005, moving here to defrost from Maryland winters! She teaches science and computers at Mason Prep and loves serving as a youth advisor. Her favorite part of youth ministry (other than the awesome youth) is the mission trips! Erin is also a committed member of our VBS team leading the crafts every year.

    Away from church Erin spends time with her husband, Joe (also a youth advisor), and her three big dogs, but more importantly their daughters, Julianne Marie and Addie Grace! They have brought much joy to their family. When or if this busy mom has time she also likes to volunteer with the Down Syndrome Association and the Charleston Miracle League.
  • 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???
  • Carrie Simpson Jessica Hudson’s childhood was exciting, as she grew up as an Air Force Brat and moved all over. Her parents have been living in Maryville, TN, for seventeen years, so that is where she calls home. While in Maryville, she was a member of First Presbyterian and became a member of First (Scots) in March 2013. She moved to Charleston in November 2013 from Nashville, where she received her Masters in Accounting at Belmont. She is a number cruncher and enjoys her accounting job at Sparc, off of Daniel Island.

    Jessica enjoys spending time with her Catahoula Leopard Dog, Merlot, in her down time. Between work and studying for her CPA, she loves being with friends and family. She is very excited to see how her relationship with Christ grows throughout her Youth Advisor journey!

  • Summer Worship is at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary (53 Meeting Street).

    Kirk Café, Sunday School, and two worship services will resume on September 10.

  • Confirmation at First (Scots) typically occurs during the student’s eighth grade year. Older students who have not joined the church as adults are encouraged to participate as well.

    This program teaches the essentials of the faith and prepares each Confirmand to publicly profess faith in Jesus Christ and become an adult member of the church.

    This class is conducted by James Rogers, Megan Boucher, and adult Confirmation Guides during the Sunday School hour from September through April.

    Service projects and retreats are also a part of the program. Classes are based on the We Believe: Professing Our Faith curriculum by PC(USA), and the students have the opportunity to join the church on the first Sunday of May during the 11:15 a.m. worship service.

    Confirmation Class and Event Schedule 2016-2017
    Confirmation Class of 2017

  • From September until May the high school and middle school youth typically meet on Sunday nights from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Kirk House (62 King Street) for fellowship, service, study, and worship. During the summer, youth events are typically during the week. For upcoming event dates and times, please check out the schedule.
    Summer 2017 Youth Group Schedule
  • Kirk Club Dinner and Bible Study for youth will resume on September 13.
  • Youth Ministry Weekly Email Update
    Youth Ministry Photostream
    Youth Ministry Instagram
    Summer 2017 Youth Group Schedule
    Youth Permission Form
    Youth Trips Online Registration