New Covenant Student Ministries

NCSM is the student ministry of New Covenant, serving middle school, high school and college-age students. Students in NCSM are learning about God, growing in their faith, and serving others together. Come join us!
NCSM meets on Sundays & Wednesdays.

Meet Laura & Richard.

Laura, along with her husband, Richard serve as the student pastors for New Covenant. Laura has been a part of New Covenant since the very beginning, having watched her parents as they started the church. As student pastor, Laura works to create an environment where students can grow in their faith, find community, and serve others.
Laura holds a B.S in Political Science from Charleston Southern University and a Masters of Education in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston. Before joining New Covenant’s staff, she worked as an elementary school teacher and a literary coach in several area high schools for Trident Technical College. It is the honor of her life to lead the fantastic students and incredible youth leaders in NCSM. Laura and Richard, along with their daughter, Norah, and their dog, Snips, live in West Ashley.

Frequently Asked Questions

NCSM is for students in grades 6 – 12 and also for college-aged students and young adults. NCSM is for students who feel strong in their faith and for students who aren’t so sure about church or Jesus. There is a place for everyone here. 

NCSM meets at different times throughout the week.
Middle school students meet every Sunday during both services. They are dismissed from the sanctuary after worship.
High school students meet every 2nd and 4th Sunday during service. They are also dismissed from the sanctuary after worship. 
NCSM also meets in the main sanctuary on Wednesday nights at 7 pm for our Midweek Youth Service. Doors open at 6pm every Wednesday night. 
The goal of NCSM is to create a space for students to develop their faith, find community with other followers of Christ, and have fun. On Sundays, middle and high school students can expect relevant lessons and discussions, plus time to ask questions and talk through issues they are experiencing.
On Wednesday nights, students can expect to have time to hang out with each other, worship led by our NCSM Band, and a message created just for them. 

Laura and Richard Elsey are the youth pastors, but NCSM has a fantastic group of volunteer leaders. All leaders are background checked and want to make NCSM a welcoming place for your student to learn more about Jesus. You can reach Laura by email ( 

Annual Youth Events

New Covenant Student Ministry attends Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, TN and SCCOG youth camp in Mauldin, SC every year! We hope you and your teen would consider join g


Winterfest is a Pentecostal student ministry conference and worship experience hosted by the Church of God Youth & Discipleship department.

Learn more here: Winterfest Information

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Every moment spent at a South Carolina Church of God Youth Camp is intentional. Camp programming is designed to take students out of their routine and place them into a Spirit-Filled environment focused on life change through a relationship with Christ. Learn More >

Fill out the Camper Registration Form: View Form >

Fill out the Worker Registration Form: View Form >

View the youth camp packing list: View List >

This is NCSM

At NCSM, we’re a highly active group with plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. Whether it’s leadership roles, community outreach, or events, there’s always something happening. Be sure to follow us on social media to stay connected and download the Church Center app to stay up-to-date with all our latest news and events!

Church Center App

Stay up-to-date on everything happening at New Covenant! You can see our announcements, register for upcoming events, see the small group schedule, check out our volunteer opportunities, and so much more! Download the Church Center App today!