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Welcome to Next Gen Ministries!

Welcome to the youth ministries of the Church of the Holy Cross.

Next Gen is an incredible place to find authentic community for middle school or high school students. Our vision: We want to be a place to belong, where students, believing in God and trusting in his Word, are becoming passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.”

We offer many opportunities to help your teenager find a place to belong and to grow as a disciple. Below you will find information on our Life Groups, Youth Groups as well as upcoming events and retreats. You can also sign up to receive our weekly parent emails, learn about our Next Gen staff and see what is coming up in the months ahead on our calendar.

Please contact Jonny or Melissa by using the buttons below if you would like to learn more.


Upcoming Next Gen Events




Both our MS and HS Youth Groups meet monthly throughout the school year on Sundays in the youth room at Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island, for excellent Bible teaching, prayer, worship, fun activities, small groups, skits, videos, prizes and food.

Middle School Youth Group - 4:00-6:00 pm
High School Youth Group - 6:30-8:30 pm


Life Groups

Middle School and High School Life Groups meet almost every week throughout the school year. During the summer we have The Noise and High School Summer Group.

Life Groups are the perfect place for your child to build community and live out the Christian life together with their peers. The purpose of Life Groups is to care for each other and grow as disciples of Jesus.



WED 6:00-7:30pm [Boys & Girls]
The Chico's, Mt. Pleasant
with Keri & Matt Peterson & Elizabeth Burwell-Jones

SUN 7:00-8:30pm [Girls]
The Side's, Daniel Island
with Annie Hamlin & Zoe Sides   

SUN 4:00-5:15pm [Boys]
The Bennett's, Daniel Island
with Erik Swanson & Melissa Bennett

WED 6:30-8:00pm
The Brahen's, Sullivan's Island
with Jonny & Katie Keys    

SUN 6:30-8:00pm
The Bennett's, Daniel Island
with Melissa Bennett, Kelly Swanson & Barry Emerson

SUN 6:30-8:00pm
The Crunelle's, Mt. Pleasant
with Jonny Keys & Sara Pilling


Meet our staff


Senior Youth Pastor, Jonny Keys 

I have been serving on the Next Gen team since 2006. And I am just as passionate for students to grow in their faith now as I was when I arrived from England. Before Holy Cross, I served at my home church for 10 years, beginning as a student leader at the age of 17 and then as the Youth Pastor.. I have been married to Katie since 2010 and she serves alongside me, which is awesome. We both love working with students and seeing them live into their God-given identity as disciples through the gospel. We look forward to helping you share faith in Christ with your children.

In my free time Katie and I enjoy watching: English football (come on you SPURS), the Packers, movies (lots of movies), and sunsets. I also enjoy: playing board games with friends, traveling, pizza, anything with caramel and a good cuppa tea.

Contact Jonny: 

Office: 843-883-3586 Cell: 843-442-8327



Associate Youth Pastor, Melissa Bennett 

I have been doing youth ministry in some way, shape or form since 1998 and in June 2015 I joined the staff of Holy Cross and the Next Gen team. I am passionate about teaching students God’s Word, helping them learn how to read the Bible for themselves, and steering them in the direction of Jesus as they navigate this world…and adolescence!

I am married to the Rev. Jonathan Bennett and together we have three children: Hannah, Caleb and Lizzie. In my free time I enjoy: sewing, baking, cooking, reading novels, exercising, playing games, and being active.

Contact Melissa: 

Office: 843-883-3586 Cell: 843-469-2201


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