Neil Johnston is the Student Ministry Pastor here @ Beach Beacon.  Neil is married, has three children and has lived most of his life in Virginia Beach. Neil has a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Liberty University Bapstist Theological Seminary. Our student ministry mission statement is “VBBBC Student Ministry exists , in partnership with families, to love middle and high school students and inspire them to follow and serve Christ.”  Beach Beacon Students are loved and challenged here !

Please contact Pastor Neil if you have any questions about Student Ministry:




About Our Student Ministry

Students grades 6-12 are all invited to join us for TEACHING, MENTORING, FELLOWSHIP and MISSIONS. Our students will find solid Biblical teaching and discussion in a fun and safe environment. Visit us on Sunday mornings @ 9:00am for Sunday School and Wednesday Nights @ 6:00pm for Youth Group (TREK and ELEVATE).

Sunday School Small Group

Our Students meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45 am for Sunday School Small Group. The curriculum being used is Lifeways, The Gospel Project.  Click the link below to learn more about The Gospel Project.

Youth Group: Wednesday Nights

Middle and High School Youth Group meets on Wednesday Nights from 6pm – 7:45pm.  Middle Schoolers are led by Paul and Michelle Ekoniak in our AWANA TREK program.  TREK is our Awana Club for Middle School Students. Trek challenges students to wrestle with the three most important questions they’re asking in middle school: Who am I?, Why am I here? and Who’s with me? By allowing students to dive deep into the Scriptures and answer these questions for themselves they are encouraged to develop their own faith in Christ.

ELEVATE is our High School Small Group which is led by Neil Johnston and Stacey Faircloth. Each Wednesday begins with a combined fellowship/activity (Middle and High School combined) efore the groups split for study time. ELEVATE seeks to challenge high school students to reach for their God given purpose- which is to serve Christ. ELEVATE utilizes short term small group studies that are interactive and involve prayer and discussion. Some of the study materials used are authored by pastors such as Francis Chan, Craig Groeschel and Louie Gigglio. ELEVATE is a place to come to have fun, meet other students and learn about God’s plan for your life.

Student Praise Band

UPDATE 07/2021: Youth Praise Band is currently on hold- stay tuned for more information!