4 Stars of Faith
At all of our camps and programs, we strive to embody and teach the “Four Stars of Faith” based on Proverbs 3:5-6.
Star 1 “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart”
Give your whole heart to Jesus Christ
Star 2 “Lean not on your own understanding”
God’s Word is the final authority on matters of faith
Star 3 “In all of your ways acknowledge Him”
We were created to glorify God in all things
Star 4 “And He will make your path straight”
When we trust and believe in God’s ways and promises, He will take us on an incredible journey
The history of National Youth Theater can only be explained through God’s timing, prayer and providence. In 2013, after 20 years with Christian Youth Theater (CYT) and Spotlight Theater in Chicago, Justin and Rachel Parks began a new theater group in Chicago which they felt led to name National Youth Theater (NYT). The theater was started in the Chicago area as a model to be adopted by communities across the country (hence the name National Youth Theater). The group in here in Houston was the first to believe in it and adopt it. The vision was for a program that could be easily adopted by Christians who love God, love kids, and love theater (in that order) – and is still the same vision today.
About that same time that Justin & Rachel were starting NYT in Chicago, Melissa Jacobs approached Jane Hallford, here in the Houston area, with the thought of testing the beginning of a Christian ministry theater arts program. A prayer team was immediately gathered to pray about the potential ministry. This led to several public presentations, after which, they strongly sensed that they were called to launch a new after-school, Christian, theater arts program in the Spring, Woodlands, and Magnolia areas. Shortly thereafter, they recruited Jennifer Chidester to be their Operations Manager, and she became an integral part and founding member of the organization.
Jane and Melissa proposed to umbrella under “National Youth Theater” for the first camps called “Musical Fusion” in June of 2014. The response from the community was remarkable. Meanwhile, Jane contacted Justin – having been friends and colleagues in Chicago – to let him know about the exciting new adventure taking place here, along with the incredible response. Jane and Melissa proposed to adopt the name of “National Youth Theater” from Justin for those first camps. Justin heartily agreed, and he and his family flew out to observe the full-capacity “Frozen” day camps. He was impressed with the Christ-centered like-mindedness and the team that had formed in such a short period of time. It wasn’t long until, with prayerful consideration, that God moved the Parks family to their new home in The Woodlands to form the artistic team for NYT’s first full scale production of “Peter Pan”. Justin brought his 20 years of theater experience (acting, producing, directing, & managing) to the NYT team, while Melissa, Jane, and Jennifer provided the organizational framework along with their decades each of combined ministry, music and theater experience.