HJH Volunteer Leaders

Our volunteer staff are what make HJH run! These are the leaders who are continually pouring into your students. For contact information for any one of them, please email us at .

Guy Leaders

Collin Woods | 7th grade

Collin was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. After playing basketball collegiately, he was given the opportunity to help mentor students in HJH. His hobbies include playing basketball, fishing, and hanging out with friends.

Brent Smith | 7th grade
Jack Goshkarian | 7th grade

Charles Christian | 8th Grade

Charles Christian was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Being a people person, he has been serving on the worship team and ministering to the community of Highlands as a part of different outreaches for over a decade. His heart is to lead the young students of the junior high ministry to a much deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.


Cade McGee | 8th Grade

My name is Cade McGee and I am originally from California. I am currently attending Arizona Christian University where I study business and play volleyball. Before I came to Arizona, I attended North Greenville University in South Carolina and played for their volleyball program! When I came to Highlands, I felt called to be involved in youth ministry and am now a part of leading the 7th grade guys with two awesome leaders!

Patrick Cordova | 8th Grade

I am married with 4 kids, and I am so excited to work with the junior high boys, because I know how important it is at this time in there life to establish a solid biblical foundation. I love kids and love to have fun with them, mostly I want them to realize the importance of accepting Christ into there heart.

girl Leaders

Kaesie Carroll | 7th Grade

Kaesie was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona.  She has been attending Highlands Church for 10 years, and accepted Christ into her life during her sophomore year of high school. Since then, Kaesie has discovered her love for worship music, and loves to praise the Lord through worship. Kaesie has a desire to lead and help junior high students through their lives by pointing them towards Christ.


Ashlynn Hernandez | 7th Grade

Though a Southern California native, Ashlynn moved to Phoenix just over two years ago to study Elementary Education at Arizona Christian University. She is currently in her senior year and will graduate in the spring. For the past year and a half, Ashlynn has been a volunteer at HJH and is passionate about loving students of all ages and showing them the love of Christ and the way that it can transform their life!

Marissa Clark | 8th Grade

After coming to Highlands 2 and a half years ago, Marissa knew she wanted to serve in HJH because of her own experiences in middle school. Jesus has moved in big ways in Marissa’s life, and she wants to be there to experience that in the lives of these students. As a sophomore in college, Marissa is studying to be a Pediatric Oncology Nurse.

Jill Stevens | 8th Grade

I have been involved with Youth Ministry for most of my adult life and I just love the energy and enthusiasm of younger kids. I look forward to pouring into the 7th grade leaders and students this coming year.