We care about your students and want them to have the best experience while a part of the Teen Ministry at Saint Matthew. Here are answers to many frequently asked questions about our youth ministry policies. Saint Matthew Lutheran Church has implemented policies that will safeguard our teenagers while promoting a positive, nurturing environment for ministry to them.

Attending Our Ministry
We love when students bring friends or when a new family wants to check out our ministry. Any student is allowed to come to check out our ministry and see if they want to be a part of it. For a student who attends at least semi-regularly we ask parents to fill out the Teen Registration Form so that we have parent contact, emergency contact and medical information.

Volunteer Youth Leaders
All volunteer youth leaders have been screened or interviewed by the teen ministry staff before becoming leaders. All leaders over 18 have been screened which includes a background check. All youth leaders must follow a series of guidelines.

At least two adults will supervise all activities. If the participants are male and female, then male and female staff members must be present.

How do I register for a trip?
You can register and pay online for most trips at youthmin.info. Once registration is complete, you’ll receive a confirmation email and a receipt for any payment made.

What If we cannot afford the trip? Are scholarships available?
Yes, scholarships are available!  We believe that no one should be held back due to finances.  So, go ahead and sign up, pay what you can or when you can. Justification for the scholarship is not required or requested.

Only licensed and insured individuals are able to drive youth during church related activities. Youth may drive to and from an event at the parent’s discretion, but may not drive during the event. Vehicles transporting youth must have the adequate number of seatbelts for youth traveling in that vehicle. Seatbelts are to be worn any time the vehicle is in motion. Drivers must always use precaution when driving youth and must consistently drive in a safe manner.

Lost and found?
Lost and Found is located in the Teen Center.  There is a small bin located next to the book shelves.  Please note that we are not responsible for lost items, and any items in the bin older than 30 days will be donated.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mike or Amanda.

Our Staff

Michael Basil
Director of Youth Ministry

My name is Mike Basil and I have been working in youth ministry for 15 years, loving every second of it. It was in high school that I met God in a deep and personal way, and it would be that event at a small prayer meeting that would change my life forever. I went on to Bethany College where I pursued a degree in Church Leadership and where I would also meet my wife Juliana.

I have spent the last 15 years working with youth in the East Bay and seeing God do amazing things in the lives of students through shaving cream battles, all-night events, week-long trips, epic Nerf wars, and times spent in God’s presence.

Other facts about me:
I have two children Ellie and Elias, a deep love for boardgames, two dogs, a cat, and 10 chickens, and I love curry, the food.

Amanda Diehl
Teen Ministry Associate

Hi! I’m Amanda, I have had the blessing of opportunities to serve in several different ministries over the course of my walk with Christ, but Administration is where my gifting lies. I love partnering with the Lord in what He’s doing behind the scenes, and seeing lives change as a result is such a privilege.

I was born and raised here in the East Bay, have my Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Services, am married to my High School sweetheart going on 10 years, and we have 3 sweet kiddos: Caedance, Rayce, and Isaiah.

Fun Facts:
I have a deep affection for coffee (lattes especially!), winter is my favorite season, and I love re-watching shows I’ve seen 1,000 times (The Office and Parks and Rec are big repeaters in my house!).