Middle School

What we hope

One day, for every middle school student and their families to know the grace, hope, and peace of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why we exist

To grow a Middle School community that participates in the gospel of Jesus Christ by exploring Christianity, loving others, and serving the needs of the UWS.


Our Middle School staff

Joe Moon | Middle School Manager
Joe was raised in Brooklyn and has earned degrees from Stony Brook University (B.A. Psychology) and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (M.Div). Joe initially joined the East Side Congregation to plant a Youth Ministry in 2014 and after its successful launch and stable growth, later joined the West Side Congregation to start up the Middle School Youth Community. He now leads and cares for the West Side Middle School Youth Community as the Youth Manager.

"I love starting and creating new ministries. I believe the youth in our city have specific challenges that the gospel gloriously anticipates and answers. I'm excited to come alongside our Middle School families and serve them as they go through the joys and rigors of adolescence.”

Joe enjoys any competitive activity, watching the Yankees and Patriots win, and visiting his nieces any chance he gets.

AmberRose Dische | Middle School Intern
AmberRose joined the West Side staff as the Youth Ministry Intern in September 2017. She helps lead and coordinate games and worship for the Friday night Youth Group meetings. She also plans special events such as movie nights and concert outings.

AmberRose earned her Master of Music Vocal Performance from Mannes, the New School for Music, in NYC. She can be found working at W83 Ministry Center on Sundays either singing or working with the ushers.

She enjoys spending her free time lounging in a rocking chair with a coffee and a book. Offer her some chocolate and she likely won’t refuse. AmberRose also loves spending time in a theater, concert hall, church or getting lost in a library or museum. Her favorite boutique on the UWS? Magpie. “It’s hard for me to go in there without coming back out with something or several somethings!”