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Young Adults

Welcome to Second! The community of young adults at Second is a vibrant group made up of disciples seeking to grow in community – both at Second and across our city – through the abiding love of Jesus Christ. We meet at Second and all around Indy; we study scripture and share a deep, faithful call to love and care for our neighbors (Matthew 25); and, we take seriously the spiritual work of welcome and hospitality for all (the mission statement of Second).

Our Young Adults ministry exists to both practice our faith and nurture Christ-like leadership right here in our community, equipping one another to carry the broad love of God into the world. Are you new to Indy or new to Second? We’d love to invite you to lunch or host you on Sunday! Contact Second’s Director of Young Adult Engagement, Rev. Gracie Payne, and let us know how we can meet you right where you are on your journey of faith. See you soon!

 

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    Places of Depth
    SecondChurch.org/Worship

    Sunday morning worship is foundational for forming us to speak the truth in love.

    Worship also spurs us on to live in community with others: to be known, to pray with others, and to grow our faith more deeply. I pray you’ll commit this fall to a community group or a Sunday morning class or bible study (I’m leading one on Ephesians at 9 am!).

    Community groups are led by various young adults and they meet at different times and frequencies in the week and in different places but all for the purpose of growing in community as they seek and serve Christ together. Click here for more on Community Groups and to sign-up for one this fall!

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    Places to Grow in Love
    SecondChurch.org/Events

    Serving others is a central practice in the life of a disciple of Christ and it’s one of the ways we speak the truth in love – through our words and our actions. There are ongoing opportunities to serve our neighbors at Second:

    And, I am so excited for the Fall Repair Fest with NeighborLink on October 29th. This annual event is a powerful witness to what is possible in Indianapolis when we are on mission together!

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    Stronger in Our Love
     

    Friendship is one of God’s greatest gifts. Kurt Vonnegut once said, “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” And I agree. Thankfully, growing in love for others is holy and hilarious work. So we gather monthly across the city to simply enjoy one another’s company, and we hope you know that there is always a place for you.

    Sign up and save the dates!

    September 24 - Apple Picking at Tuttle Orchards
    October 13 – Dinner in the Community Garden
    November 17 - Friendsgiving
    December 9 – Christmas Party (more details and registration to come!)

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    Rev. Gracie Payne
    Director of Young Adult Engagement
    (317) 253-6461

    Director of Young Adult Engagement

    (317) 253-6461  | GPayne@SecondChurch.org

    As the Director of Young Adult Engagement, Gracie ministers with those in the transitional seasons of college, early adulthood, and parenthood. She is particularly attentive to those who have not yet found belonging or welcome within the church. Gracie is passionate about encouraging disciples of Jesus as they live out the mission of God for the good of our city and the flourishing of our world.

    Gracie’s childhood was largely shaped by her passion for ballet which now informs her understanding of the Christian faith as lived out through our bodies in the dance of community. She believes – as followers of a God who took on flesh, moved into the neighborhood, and spread out those arms on the cross to embrace the world – it is our joy and our responsibility to show up for one another, form deep relationships, and join Jesus Christ in healing the world.

    Gracie is a graduate of Indiana University (B.A. Communications, English) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Gracie served as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry at Second, as the Director of Youth Ministries for a congregation in Carlisle, PA and the Student Pastor for a congregation in Dayton, NJ. She also apprenticed with 1001 New Worshiping Communities, interned at the Office of the General Assembly, completed Clinical Pastoral Education at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Gracie is married to Christian Payne; the couple met while working in Pennsylvania and married in 2017.

    Gracie loves returning to the ballet studio, gardening, reading novels and poetry, writing as a spiritual practice, and going on walks with her husband, Christian, and dog, Xylo.

    Book recommendations: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), Strangers and Pilgrims Once More (Addison Hodges Hart), Being Human (Rowan Williams), Let the Bones Dance (Marcia W. Mount Shoop)

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    Rev. Michael Samson
    Associate Pastor for Engagement
    (317) 253-6461

    Associate Pastor for Engagement

    (317) 253-6461  | MSamson@SecondChurch.org 

    Mike has been a pastor for 14 years, serving on staff at congregations in Indiana and New Jersey.  He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He then completed a post-graduate program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Theology degree. After graduation, Mike served in the Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry program here at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Upon completing the Lake Fellow program, Mike was called to serve as Associate Pastor for Congregational Life at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW), NJ, a 1,400 member congregation in the suburbs of New York City. During his seven years at PCW, a main area of focus was the outreach and welcoming of guests and members into the life and ministry of the church. 

    When the Samson family felt a need to be 'back home again in Indiana,’ Mike began serving on an interim basis at Hope United Presbyterian Church, a small congregation in Plainfield, IN.  He was then called as Associate Pastor to Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, in Carmel, IN, focusing more broadly on multiple areas of ministry.

    Prior to seminary, Mike graduated from Radford University with a degree in marketing. Following graduation, he worked in Atlanta for Turner Broadcasting’s World Championship Wrestling in cable affiliate relations, managing the Midwest market. Sensing that the Lord had other things ahead for him, he discerned a call to ministry and continues to be grateful to serve in the body of Christ as a pastor.  Mike considers it a joy and privilege to be in a vocation that allows him to deeply invest in his love for God and people. He loves helping people make deeper connections with God and one another in the church and in all walks of life. 

    Mike is married to Kelly Samson, a native of Vincennes, IN. They have two sons, Matthew (10) and Luke (7), as well as a big dog (a 90 pound golden retriever) and a cat. Kelly works as a genetic counselor at IU North and Riley Hospitals and coordinates IU Health’s Kate Cares Stillbirth Assessment Program, which helps families find answers to questions and provides support following devastating losses. In her free time, Kelly enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family. Matthew is going into fourth grade and loves playing with his friends, riding bikes, music, and using his imagination to build things. Luke is going into second grade and loves playing with his friends, baseball, football, and building things. Matthew and Luke also love playing with each other.

    Mike is a native of Montclair, NJ (a suburb of NYC) and enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, playing guitar and making music, as well as playing various sports. The Samsons are excited and hopeful about becoming a part of the body of Christ at Second Presbyterian Church!