Welcome to our college page where you can see opportunities for you to be a part of a wonderful intergenerational church family at Shades Crest. We have options for you. It does not matter if you are in school, working, or trying to figure out what is next we would love the opportunity to do life with you. We have the following opportunities for you to join:


Sunday Mornings

9 a.m. Rising:
Contemporary service in Fellowship Hall

11 a.m. Majestic:
Traditional service in Sanctuary

Denis Tanner
Student Pastor

Mara Swaika
Ministry Assistant


Sunday Mornings– We have a couple of options for you.

College (Robin & Mary Beth Schultz) room 260- Our focus is making disciples. We provide opportunities to serve others and share the Good News of Christ. Whether you are working,  in school locally or out of town most of the time, part-time or full-time, undergraduate or graduate, come do life with us!

Young Adults,  Hindman, Medbery room 242- Most in this class are 20s to early 30s without children (single, engaged and married). The focus is on Bible study and seeking to build relationships with one another and the Lord, with intentions of reaching out to our community.  We aim to follow Christ and connect with others who are seeking to grow in their walk with the Lord.

Tuesday Nights

The young adults meet in a home and share a meal together and then have Bible study.  It is a group that looks for ways to live out the Gospel and do life together beyond Tuesday evenings.


Discipling others

Sunday evenings- If you would like to disciple youth during the school year on Sunday evenings please email Denis at dtanner@shadescrest.org.  We have a two-adult rule when working with students under the age of 18 so you will always have a partner to help.

Others Discipling you- If you want to be discipled just let us know at dtanner@shadescrest.org.


5:45 Pastor’s Bible Study- presently teaching on the Prayers of Paul (Dinner at 4:45)
You may also assist with an age-graded group- Please complete the Volunteer form.


Local missions involvement is a great way to connect not just with your age group but people of all different ages as we care for the world around us proclaiming the good news of Christ. Shades Crest believes in making a difference in our community and the world.


Green Springs Ministries – every 1st and 3rd Wednesday volunteers distribute food to those in need at the Ministry Center at Green Springs (2230 Green Springs Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35205). There are other spontaneous opportunities as well if you are willing to be on an as-needed call list.

Family Promise of Birmingham – Family Promise is a ministry designed to keep homeless families together and intact. Families spend a week at a time sleeping and eating at participating churches. Shades Cres partners with Southside Baptist (1016 19th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35205). Volunteers are needed to sleep overnight at Southside Baptist Church (Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays). We also need people who will provide meals and stay to eat with the families. Shades Crest and Southside serve this ministry one week each quarter.

Operation Christmas Child – Every year Shades Crest collects Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that are then sent around the world to children who would not otherwise have anything for Christmas. The shoeboxes are delivered with love by local missionaries who communicate the gospel in cross-cultural settings. Boxes will be available throughout the church beginning in early September. The due date for 2021 boxes is Sunday, November 14.

Over The Mountain Miracle League – The Over the Mountain Miracle League provides children with mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. There is something about playing the game of baseball that lights up youngsters’ eyes, but for children facing mental and physical challenges, that opportunity can often be a difficult first step. Miracle League gives children opportunities to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the game of baseball. Shades Crest has many children, youth, and adults who assist with this meaningful program.

Princeton Snack Ministry – Many of our Shades Crest Connect Groups partner with Princeton Hospital to place a basket of snacks in ICU waiting areas. During the pandemic, these snacks have been used to provide a little extra blessing for the nurses, staff, and other essential workers. This is a great opportunity for your group to connect with one of our local hospitals to make a difference for our front-line workers.


Our College Ministry is a ministry of serving others and it starts in the church.  We want you to work side by side with others.  We believe in equipping you to do what you have a passion for in this area.  See the different opportunities for serving within the church and complete the Volunteer form.


College Student Adoption Opportunities

If you would like a home away from home during the school year let us know.  We have people who would love to adopt a college student during the year.  Email Denis at dtanner@shadescrest.org for more information.

For Families who want to Adopt-A-College Student:

    • Invite the Adopt A Student out to eat or to your home during the week.
    • Pray for the student regularly.
    • Phone/text them periodically.
    • Provide the use of the washer and dryer.
    • Provide a quiet place to study, or to hang out.
    • Meet them for coffee close to their campus once a month or when you have time.
    • Students miss their home life.
    • Let’s make them feel at home.

Interested?  Call the church office or talk with Denis Tanner.