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Alexio Gomes wants to focus on supporting the youth in taking leadership roles. (Photo courtesy American Ninja Warrior)

have to face something that maybe you broke your nose on before or maybe you know you are not capable of competing and accomplishing, but you look to your left or your right and you see family there, cheering you on. That’s what the church is supposed to be. We’re supposed to be the family alongside us that’s cheering us on through the obstacles of life.”

Finding Anthem As the church’s new youth pastor, his biggest goal is to support youth in taking on leadership roles, doing nonprofit work with

homeless people and foster children and taking part in other outreach efforts. Gomes leads youth programming during the Sunday services, which start at 10:45 a.m., and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. He’s looking forward to challenging his high schoolers “to be the church.” “You are not the future,” he says. “You are the church right now.” As youth pastor, he will help to create programming for all youth-based activities and events, including summer camps and allnight lock-ins. A drummer, Gomes is creating a student-led band. Church has been a part of Gomes’ life for as long as he can remember. When he was little, he was always in young groups, and he once won a Bible for memorizing verses.

While he was growing up and in college, Gomes took on leadership roles within different church communities. In high school, Gomes served as his youth group’s speaker and teacher, as well as a drummer in a church band. While he was in college, he helped to start Messy Church, a church service for homeless people who shared meals and worshipped together. “We would set up a table, and we would share Chinese food together with people from the community. Our message was that at Jesus’ table, everyone was invited,” Gomes says. Gomes found this work to be meaningful. He hopes to encourage others to work with the homeless and other underserved communities in Anthem. He learned this lesson from his dad, who took in homeless people and helped them to get back on their feet. “My hope is that I continue to lead by example and that I see my high school students start initiatives like that,” Gomes says. “Leaders don’t create followers. They create leaders. So, I want to be a leader who creates leaders.”

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