Young Life celebrates 10 years of guiding Davie teens

Published 6:09 am Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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By Emily Sigler

Davie County Young Life

BERMUDA RUN – Tuesday nights aren’t your typical big night out for the week, but there was a party on Tuesday, Oct. 11 as Davie County Young Life officially celebrated their 10th birthday.

The annual fundraising banquet held new energy, enthusiasm and hope for the future of reaching teenagers in Davie County.

Guests were ushered into the lobby of Calvary Church’s West Campus with cheers from a host of Young Life students. Balloons, birthday banners, presents and bright colors covered the space, complete with treats from Maddie Cakes (Bermuda Run), coffee from The Factory (Mocksville) and tea from Chick-Fil-A (Clemmons). It was truly a celebratory event honoring the past, present and future of Young Life’s ministry in the community.

Young Life is a ministry to students that builds bridges of friendship and introduces them to Jesus Christ. On any given day, you will find volunteer leaders eating lunch at DCHS with high schoolers, cheering on high school friends at athletic events and welcoming teenagers into their daily lives.

This year’s banquet highlighted the story of Young Life in Davie County and reflected on the stories of students impacted by the ministry. Guests received a clear picture of what Jesus has done through Young Life over the last 10 years with video testimonials from the first area director, Justin Hepler, and previous student leaders.

New area director, TJ Sigler, shared his personal story and the vision for the future of Davie Young Life. His daily mission – along with volunteer leaders – is simple: show up. Young Life leaders aim to show up in every area of life for students in order to demonstrate that they are consistently seen, known and loved.

Sigler introduced volunteer leaders Emily Sigler and Leigh Sherrill and also welcomed more than 30 high school students into the room to tell each guest thank you for their support.

Jonathan Murfee, who was part of the original launch team for Davie Young Life, delivered a message about the mission  and asked guests to consider joining that mission through financial support as well as other opportunities.

Bob Smith, the first committee chair, closed the evening in prayer. The organization received support from the guests in attendance, and those involved expressed gratitude.

Davie County Young Life would like to express personal thanks to: Calvary Church (West Campus) for sharing the use of their facility, Lynne Kelley (Davie Young Life Committee Chair), Courtney Rowe (Banquet Planning Committee Chair), Leah Zubke (videographer), George Yezbak (photographer), Jess Barnhill (program) and all Davie Schools administrators for  support of the ministry.
A special thank you goes to all the corporate sponsors, specifically platinum sponsors Fuller Welding & Fabricators, The Kelley Foundation and NC Moulding.

Would you like to know more about Young Life, support the ministry, or get involved? Contact TJ Sigler at, follow them on Instagram @yldavie and Facebook.