Who We Are



Our Mission
BSM exists to REACH teens with the gospel of Jesus Christ, help them GROW as His disciples, and to transform the world by helping teens SERVE others.

Core Values

We are a ministry of First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora. We love Jesus, are focused on our mission, take serious our core values and are led by an incredible team of adult and student leaders!



Brian Lawson, Dir. of Youth Ministries
Brian is a husband, father of two, pastor, amateur painter, and participant in His Kingdom. He has lived with his family in Mount Dora since 2012. He holds a Master of Ministry from Warner University with a focus on organization culture, team-based leadership, and change, conflict and peacemaking.  Brian has served in youth ministry since 2004.

IMG_5088Linda Smith, Assistant Dir. of Youth Ministries
Linda, her husband, Frank, and their two daughters moved to Mount Dora from Miami in 2002.  Linda has served in children and youth ministry roles, both Miami and Mount Dora, for over 20 years. She joined our team as a volunteer team in 2016 and became a staff member in 2019.  Of working with the students Linda says, “No matter your age, we all wrestle to find our place in the world.  I really empathize with a teen’s struggle to reconcile their family, friends, identity, and dreams.   I think as adults we tend to forget that it is a monumental task.  It is my prayer that the Lord uses my words, actions, and presence to shows His love to these marvelous and creative young people.”



Amy Upleger
Circle Group Leader- 7th & 8th grade girls




Dawson Rosignol

Circle Group Leader – 6th grade boys





Frances Celis
Circle Group Leader – 6th grade girls





Hilary Harman

Circle Group Leader – 9th grade girls




Joey Critzer

Worship Team Member
Circle Group Leader – 9th & 10th grade boys




Les Westlake

Circle Group Leader – 11th & 12th grade boys





Michelle Chevalier

Circle Group Leader – 6th grade boys and girls





Nancy Pechart
Circle Group Leader – 10 thru 12 grade girls





Rodney Chevalier
Circle Group Leader – 7th & 8th grade boys






Sam Hilding
Circle Group Leader / Events Support


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Sandy Lazarus
Hangout Support





Tracy Berry
Circle Group Leader – 7th & 8th grade girls




Wendy Simpson
Circle Group Leader – 7 & 8 grade girls





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