We are raising up the next generation to follow Jesus as Lord, and walk in their identity as children of God.

Who We Are

DOVE began as a youth movement in the 1970s when Larry and LaVerne Kreider started ministering in low-income neighborhoods throughout Lancaster County. The Kreiders witnessed dozens of youth of the region begin to give their lives to Christ. Momentum grew as this group multiplied and by 1980, DOVE Christian Fellowship was formed. Fast forward to today and we are now a network of churches across the USA, yet we continue to yearn to see the next generation equipped and empowered for Jesus. DOVE USA Youth functions to serve as a resource and encouragement to our youth leaders across the USA throughout the year. Each year we hold events that gather our youth and create opportunities for the young people of DOVE to discover who God is, who He says they are, and how God has equipped them to participate in the Kingdom.

Training Opportunities

Each year we send out youth teams to serve and experience the Church. We are passionate about preparing workers for the harvest (Matthew 9:37). A short-term trip is a training ground for the normal Christian life. We offer a weeklong intensive training called EMT (Evangelistic Missions Training) and we also send out multiple international trips every year.

Youth Winter Retreat

What you wear, who you hang out with, your ability. The world says that this is who you are. But, what if who you are is determined by what God says about you? What if your life was rooted in Him? Would there be any storm that you couldn’t handle? Join us and hundreds of young Jesus-followers this January to find out!

Youth Worship Nights

We have seen God use these nights for encounter, connection and spark revival. Watch for upcoming dates!

Have an interest in youth worship nights in your region? To start the conversation, email

DOVE USA Youth Leaders

Nick and Emily Payne

Nick and Emily Payne lead the DOVE USA Youth Team. They are dedicated and enthusiastic about discipleship and developing next-generation leaders. Their passion is to inspire and equip youth and young adults to walk a life surrendered to Christ, rooted in their identity as beloved. Nick also serves as the associate pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Winchester, VA, overseeing the youth and young adult ministries and the media production team. Emily leads the women’s ministry at Crossroads and works full-time for Winchester Medical Center.


Email Nick at for questions, more information, or upcoming events within DOVE USA Youth.