Thank you for visiting the Shades Crest Baptist Church Student Ministries page. We are a community of faith formed in Christ for the glory of God and the sake of others. We gather together because of Christ and in all we do we want to bring him glory so we can make a difference in the lives of others as we go. May you be open and eager to be led by God, through His son Jesus Christ. May you know His presence and His voice as you journey through life.

We seek to minister not just with and to students, but also to families, volunteers who work with students, our community, and the world. Shades Crest believes in the importance of being a part of the church and not separate from the adults. We are an intergenerational church. We take this seriously and yet know that we will have fun as we go through life’s journey together.

Look around the site and find out more about how you can be involved in what God is doing at Shades Crest and through this ministry.

Ephesians 5:1 “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.”

Denis Tanner
Associate Pastor: Student & Adult Ministries

Denis Tanner has been at Shades Crest since 1994. He serves as the Associate Pastor: Spiritual Formation & Students. He has 30 years of ministry experience serving in the local church. Denis has served as student pastor and minister of education at churches in Alabama, Georgia and Texas. He has a heart to make disciples. Denis has been blessed with a beautiful and supportive wife, Patti, and four wonderful children; three sons and one daughter. They have two spectacular granddaughters and one grandson.  Denis was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and holds degrees from Mobile College (University of Mobile) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his Masters in Religious Education. Denis enjoys time with his family, volunteering, the outdoors, playing tennis, working out, running, and spending time with friends.

Preston Smith
Youth Intern

Preston Smith has been a member of the Shades Crest Baptist Church family since 2012. He was a member of the youth group in high school and served as the youth ministry intern for a couple of summers during his undergraduate studies. After graduating from Auburn University in 2018, Preston worked as an accountant until he returned to his role as youth ministry intern in the fall of 2020. Preston is married to his beautiful and supportive wife, Leah, and they have a sweet labrador retriever named Polly. He attends Beeson Divinity School in hopes to earn a Masters of Divinity and feels called to serve God in the local church. Preston loves investing in students, spending time with his family and dog, playing golf, hanging out with friends, and learning.

Student Information

All students need to have a notarized form, that must be signed in front of a notary, to participate in activities and events.

Permission Slip / Medical Release Form 2021-22

Parent Volunteer Form

Youth Calendar 2021-22

Payment Schedule 2021-22

S.A.L.T. Application

CrossTraining Band Interest Form

Student Events

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Parents Get Connected

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Let us know where you would like to plug in!!!

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Sign Up Here – Daily Cross Student Newsletter & The Spire

Join Our “Parent SCBC Students” Group Me

Students Get Connected

Connect Groups

Come join us for Bible study on Sunday mornings and get connected with a small group of your peers. We also have doughnuts at 9:50 am in Room 223 on the first Sunday of every month.

Sundays, 10:00 – 10:50 am

Youth Choir

Students in grades 7-12 wishing to sing in the Youth Choir can join us on Sunday afternoons in the Music Hall during the academic school year. The Youth Choir does not meet during the summer.

Contact Hiram Rollo for more info, 822-1360

Sundays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Magnificent Mondays

During the summer, students are divided into discipleship groups by grade and meet in host homes for an hour Bible Study. After Bible study, all student discipleship groups come together for a special activity. More info regarding meeting times and host home locations can be found in the Daily Cross Student Newsletter during the summer months.

Mondays (Summer Only), 7:00 – 10:00 pm


Join us for a Bible study/worship time for students, led by students, in Room 229 (2nd floor). CT is a great time to grow in your walk with the Lord and make new friends. Bring your bible and invite your friends.

Wednesdays, 5:45 – 6:45 pm


Students interested in being a part of the CT Band should fill out an interest form and submit it to Denis Tanner. There is no deadline for turning in the form or a special date for tryouts. This is an ongoing opportunity to get connected!


S.A.L.T. is a committee of students (7th-12th grade) and adults. S.A.L.T. evaluates the Student Ministry events and programs and takes responsibility for activities. Each grade has a representative of their peers on this committee, along with the student minister and advisory committee. Students seek to share not only their view of things, but also the opinions of their peers. This committee is the pulse of our youth group. We will meet 6 times during the year. It is a commitment for each person to be present at the meetings and to find a sub if they must miss. S.A.L.T. members need to encourage other students to grow in their faith by participating with other students in Bible study, worship, fellowship, and ministry.