Bo Boshers is president of LEAD222 and is recognized as a national leader and influencer of youth ministry around the world. He served for 20 years as Executive Director of Student Ministries at Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association, which influences over 20,000 churches.
Bo is a best-selling author, motivational speaker and trainer. His passion and vision is to lead and coach youth workers to mentor students who will reach their generation for Christ.
You can contact Bo at: email@example.com.
You can contact Keith at: Keith@LEAD222.com
Toby Anderson is the Director of Student Ministries at Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon, OK. Toby graduated from The Oklahoma State University and worked in the fitness industry for ten years before going into full-time ministry in 2008. Toby has been a part of LEAD222 for two years. Toby’s passion is to build up a generation of servant leaders on mission for Jesus Christ. Toby is married to Shannon (2000) and has two amazing kids; Tatum (2004) and Cross (2007).
You can contact Toby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pete App is the FamilyLife Pastor at Green Bay Community Church in Green Bay, WI, working with staff and volunteers who serve kids, birth through 22, and their parents. He also serves couples as they seek to build their marriages.
Pete has been in ministry for over 20 years, spending nearly all those years at Green Bay Community Church leading ministries and developing leaders. He is grateful for the opportunity to watch God move in the lives of individuals, families, and his church community over the long haul and for the patience of those around him as God molds him into a better man. Pete also serves on a local school board, has counseled at risk teens and has coached youth soccer.
Pete graduated with a BA from Wheaton College in 1991 and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 2010. Pete and his wife, Sheri, have been married for 20 years and have three children, Jordyn, Logan, and Olivia.
You can contact Pete at: email@example.com
Eric Blake is the Director of Youth Ministries at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, MN. He has been there for 17 years and leads 7-12th grades and young adults. Eric also helps to lead an inter-denominational network of area Youth Pastors/Directors. Eric loves developing people (teens and leaders) for the long-term to bring out their potential and to encourage them to be healthy spiritually and emotionally. He also has a strong passion to train teens in leadership and then give them opportunities to lead in significant ways.
Eric’s passions include spending time with his nieces and nephews, hunting, watching sports, playing softball, going to NASCAR races, and reading. He is also an avid Star Wars fan.
Eric is married to his wife, Melanie. Melanie was a Youth Director in her church for 12 years before they got married. She currently volunteers as an adult leader for Eric’s senior high youth group and loves having the time to mentor students. Eric and Melanie feel they are at their full potential when ministering together as a team.
You can contact Eric Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Boom is the Youth Ministries Director at Fellowship Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI. He directs ministries for 7th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade, and the 18 – 25 year old age group, holding this position since 2005.
Brian is a graduate of Hope College (go Dutchmen!) and enjoys playing basketball, mountain biking (though there aren’t actually mountains in Michigan) and all other sports. He and his wife, Brittany, have been married since 2006 and have a dog, Sonic (Sonic Boom), and a cat, Jinx. Brittany is a special education teacher at Hudsonville High School, the main school district of the student’s in FRC’s ministries. Brian and Brittany look forward to continuing to impact their community and school system with the love of Jesus.
You can contact Brian at: email@example.com
As the Director of Student Ministry, Jeff is currently a member of the leadership staff at Connexus Community Church, a multi-campus church north of Toronto, and a strategic partner of North Point Ministries. He also spent seven years leading the student ministry at Chartwell Baptist Church, a multi-site church in the GTA. Prior to being in “full time ministry” Jeff was a public high school teacher.
Jeff is passionate about developing leaders and seeing students take the next step in their spiritual journey. He has spent much of his time in ministry creating and investing in teams of young leaders, discovering ways to leverage multi-site church to reach families with the message of Jesus, and finding new ways of inspiring student communities with timeless truths. He believes that serving others like Jesus on the outside can make us more like Jesus on the inside.
Some of Jeff’s favorite things are family hugs, hearing a student rave about their small group leader, a great cup of coffee, the feel of new socks, turning up a great song in the car, and watching NFL football. He currently lives in Barrie with his wife Leslie and his two sons who love mini-sticks, soccer, and bedtime stories.
Tom Rath’s “Strengthfinder” would identify Jeff’s strengths as Achiever, Woo, Communication, Ideation, and Context
You can contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kynan Brookes is the Director of LEAD222 Australia and Lead Pastor at Hope Valley Uniting Church in Adelaide, South Australia. Kynan has consistently been connected with youth ministry and youth leaders through Hope Valley Uniting Church and believes great youth ministries inspire the whole church to live passionately in the will of God. He was director of Out of the Valley Youth Ministries, a resourcing and training arm of the Uniting Church, for six years and continues to give leadership in developing youth ministries.
Kynan enjoys seeing leaders take opportunities to grow, mature and be equipped for sustainable long term ministry.
Kynan is married to Rachel and they have four young children Josiah, Isabelle, Chelsea and Jonathan. Together they love to laugh, cook, holiday and go fishing (not necessarily in that order).
You can contact Kynan at: email@example.com
Dave Choutka is the Campus Pastor of the Greater Lafayette Multi-site at Northview Church. In addition to overseeing the Greater Lafayette Campus, Dave was a Student Ministry Pastor for over 13 years. He has youth ministry experience with roles in both junior high and high school ministry, as well as in both small and large churches. His passion in ministry is to equip students to embrace their own faith and use their gifts to serve in and outside the church.
In 2002 he co-founded 14:6 Ministries (www.146ministries.com), a curriculum company that specializes in providing youth ministry curriculum for youth workers. He saw through his own experiences that many times youth workers spent more time planning lessons and events than with their students. This curriculum is a tool to alleviate some of that planning and allows youth workers to be with the students they are passionate about reaching.
Dave graduated from Ozark Christian College in 1999. He is an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan. He and his wife, Dawn, have three awesome kids, Jackson, Avery, and Mya.
You can contact Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodi Chung has been the Youth Minister at West Houston Chinese Church in Texas since 2006 overseeing middle and high school ministries. She first started working with high school students at WHCC in 1998 and her love for this age group has only grown over the years. Jodi is excited about discipling students and leaders, teaching parents and always trying something new with the ministry. Her greatest reward has been seeing youth become missional, intentional, passionate Christ-following adults.
In addition to youth ministry, Jodi’s current passion is adoption. She and her husband hope to bring home their first adopted child from China in the spring (2013)!
Jodi earned an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and enjoys monthly Skype dates with her seminary BFF. She is head over heels in love with her husband of 5 years, Michael Chung, Bible professor and sportswriter for The Ozone. She hopes to one day design and market a t-shirt for all spouses of Ohio State Buckeye fans that reads, “I married a nut.”
You can contact her at email@example.com
The founder of The Emerging Network in Toronto Canada and a ghost writer for one of North America’s prominent youth/media speakers, Adam B.R. Clarke daily parallels his career to his life as he believes that what you do should relate to who you are – especially in youth ministry. Adam enjoys challenging those around him to not only perceive media and our influences but to critically look at the heart of it and choose based upon our call as Christians. This challenge is the basis for the Underestimated forum www.underestimated.ca , a networking opportunity to build the Jr. High community within Canada.
Life is about passion for Adam – for family, for friends, and for those who need a hand. He volunteers with different ministries by lending vision, training, and help to where it is needed most. In his spare time or even during his work day, you can typically find him sitting in a Starbucks café with a coffee and a good book, or even writing his latest message or blog post.
Married in 2009 to his wife, Amy McPhail Clarke, they currently reside in Uptown Toronto where they can walk for a coffee – or even a cupcake and tea date. They chose this neighborhood as it is easily accessible for youth to reach by subway and know that they are impacting their neighbors and surrounding businesses by living in the heart of the city. www.theemergingnetwork.com.
You can contact Adam B.R. Clarke at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan is the head student pastor at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, TX. He oversees 6th grade through college age students. He has been serving in student ministry for the past 8 years in the Houston area. He attended the University of Tulsa to play football and get his education. He and his wife, Ashlie, moved to the Houston area in June of 2004 to serve at Sugar Creek Baptist. Ryan served as both the worship pastor and spiritual formations pastor for the student ministry there. He was able to pursue his education and received his masters from southwestern seminary in May of 2009. Then in 2010 they were blessed by the birth of their son, Peyton. In March of 2012 God opened another door for him to take the reigns and begin serving at Kingsland.
Ryan is passionate about seeing students empowered to use their gifts and abilities to impact their community for Christ. Another key role is partnering with parents to train them to raise their children to be passionate disciples of Jesus. He believes every aspect of student ministry should ultimately prepare and equip students to fulfill the great commission of Matthew 28:18-20 – To go and make disciples. In what little free time he has, Ryan likes to work out and try to play golf – the key word being “try.”
You can contact Ryan at email@example.com
Richy Fisher is the director of student ministries at Sugar Creek Baptist Church which is just outside Houston, TX. He has over 25 years of youth ministry leadership ranging from small churches in rural settings to larger churches in metro areas.
Richy’s passions are developing student ministry leaders and helping change the culture of student ministry to effectively reach this generation of young people. He has served as consultant and contributor to numerous ministries both inside and outside the local church and currently serves as the director of Servant Leadership for LEAD 222. Richy and his wife of 20 years and their three boys live in Richmond, TX along with his bird dogs and useless cat.
You can contact Richy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nyke Gatlin is the Campus Pastor of the LaPorte Multi-site at Granger Community Church in Granger, IN a suburb of South Bend. In addition to overseeing the GCC LaPorte ministries, Nyke has been a motivating and visionary Pastor for youth, families and young adult ministries for 15 years.
Nyke’s real passion is taking the gospel to every man, women and child while growing and equipping students, pastors and ministry leaders to live the “AND” – attractionally and missionally for their generation and their local. Throughout his journey he has been blessed to have great men poor into him and is always looking for the opportunity to pay it forward. Living by the motto: “Be One, Make One!” When not doing that you can usually find him shredding the terrain on some ATV’s or coaching middle school football at New Prairie Middle School in New Carlisle IN.
Nyke married his lovely wife Nichole 15 years ago and has two beautiful daughters, Bethany (12) and Karlye (8).
You can contact Nyke at: email@example.com
Aaron Havens is the growth instigator and lead pastor of Church Project Greeley, and the director of Church Project Network-a church planting network. He has served as a Missionary, Youth Minister, Worship Leader and Assistant Pastor, including ministering at two of the largest churches in the United States – Lifechurch.tv in Oklahoma and Church of the Woodlands in Houston. Aaron is a sought after consultant and communicator who encourages the body of Christ through his creative and unique presentations of the gospel. Aaron is also the co-author of Crabgrass and Oak Trees, and Open Apologies. Aaron’s greatest pleasure is in being a son of God, father of Zoi and Audra, and husband to Lorren.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Herning is the youth pastor at the Vineyard church in Evanston, IL where he oversees the high school and middle school ministries.
His greatest passion is reaching lost kids with the Gospel and helping kids from Christian homes realize what an awesome thing a relationship with God can be. On the side, Chris lets out his inner rock star by playing in a band in various dives around Chicago.
Chris and his wife Brooks live in Chicago with their three daughters Sarah, Anna, and Grace.
You can contact Chris at: email@example.com
Tim Homa is the Regional Ministry Director for LEAD222 and Lake Geneva Youth Camp in Lake Geneva, WI. His role is to connect with youth pastors in the Great Lakes region and build LEAD Camps for students to attend in the Winter and the Summer. Tim has been involved with youth work for over 20 years, serving as the youth and adult ministry pastor at Bay Pointe Community Church in Traverse City, MI as well as the Youth Pastor at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV. He also was the Assistant Principal at Faith Lutheran High School also in Las Vegas NV.
Tim’s passions are his family, fishing (any chance he gets), hunting (ditto) and coaching volleyball, which he has coached at the high school level for over 15 years. Tim has been involved with LEAD222 since 2006 and is currently serving on the Coaches Leadership Team.
Tim graduated from Illinois State University in 1990, receiving a BS in Psychology and Graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2003 receiving a Masters in Educational Counseling. Tim and his wife, Angie, live in Traverse City, MI, with their two daughters, Jordan and Jensen and their dogs Baylee “The Runner” beagle, Lucy “The Psycho” Beagle and Dexter “The Sweetheart” retriever.
You can contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Huber has been in clinical practice since 1997 and is a licensed Professional Counselor and a licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Mike is a partner at Family Empowerment Associates- a Practice that specializes in treating adolescents and their families. Mike has been married to his wife Carol since 1991 and they have two children: Moly and Ryley. Outside of the office Mike is a Crossfit enthusiast, a student of Krav Maga, and enjoys running mud runs.
You can contact Mike at email@example.com
Heinz Janzen is Director of LEAD222 Germany and has been involved in youth ministry for over 16 years in various capacities. He is a national speaker and evangelist with a passion to reach the young generation. He has worked for Willow Creek Germany as the Leader of the youth movement. As the founder of Coaching Sails, he offers sailing trips as Leadership training for youth pastors. For the last four years he has also been creating the TV program “Folgen hat Folgen” to teach the gospel in a creative way to high school students.
Heinz has a passion to see youth ministry in Germany being transformed. He also loves sailing and pretty much every kind of electronics.
He lives in the heart of Germany with his wife Sandra and his little daughter Noana Joy.
You can contact Heinz at: Heinz@lead222.de
Dave Keehn is the Pastor to Youth at South Shores Church in Dana Point, CA. He has been in youth ministry for more than 22 years. Dave is also an Associate Professor at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, teaching primarily youth ministry courses. Dave’s passion is to train leaders to equip and encourage this next generation to embrace the heart of God so that this generation would change the world for God and future generations.
A true California boy, you can often find Dave walking on the beach with his family and their dog, Zorro (a black pug). When Dave is not at the church or the beach you can find him fulfilling a boyhood dream of riding on fire trucks. Dave is a chaplain for the Orange County Fire Authority in Southern California. His last obsession is Disneyland, where he often escapes with his wife and kids to create memories!
Dave and his wife Debbie have three children: Aimee, Adam and Mfundo (whom they adopted from South Africa in 2009). Dave’s desire is to nurture his best friend and ministry partner, Debbie, to fulfill God’s call on her life and to work together in raising their children to love God and serve others.
You can contact Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoy Kim is Pastor of High School and Middle School Ministries at Antelope Road Christian Fellowship (www.myarcf.com) in Citrus Heights, California.
Hoy is passionate about empowering leaders and teams to maximize their God-given potential and grow in effectiveness and productivity. In addition to pastoral ministry, he is also Founder and Lead Coach of Point B Coach Solutions (www.pointbcoach.com) in Roseville, California, Partnership Development Trainer with Kingdom Come Training (www.kingdomcometraining.com) in Tigard, Oregon, and also serves as Ministry Coach for the Intern Academy (www.internacademy.net), a national ministry internship program for college students and graduates. Hoy is also a professionally represented public speaker for camps, retreats, seminars, and conferences.
Hoy and his wife, Audrey, reside in Roseville, California with their two children, Elijah and Dahlia. They enjoy rooting for the Boston Red Sox, win or lose, and spending time with the kids at the library or the park, flying a kite, riding their bikes, or playing with graffiti paint in the backyard.
You can contact Hoy at: email@example.com
Sid Koop is the Director of Peer Ministries at the Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge in Lethbridge Alberta Canada (and yes, that means his favorite hat is a touque!), as well as the Director of Truth Matters Ministries.
Sid has been in full time vocational ministry since 1998, and has been speaking to students and youth workers across Canada with Truth Matters Ministries since 2001. He has an amazing wife Jennifer whose number one hobby is adventure, and two boys, Payton and Cole, who are both attempting to become the next Tony Hawk (on the wii and at the skatepark!).
You can contact Sid at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Krueger is the Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for the National Network of Youth Ministries. Keith works to develop healthy local networks of youth workers in the region and has developed a team of network coordinators in each state. At this season of his life Keith lives each day to be a pastor to youth pastors, encouraging, coaching, mentoring them to reach this next generation for Jesus and not quit.
Keith has been in youth ministry for 43 years, 37 of them as a youth pastor in the local church. He is passionate about everything (especially teenagers), is an evangelist (shares Christ at every opportunity) and has been a speaker to youth and adults through out his life in youth ministry. He hasn’t written a book because what he has to say he’d rather tell you to your face. His other passions are his wife, nine grandchildren, fishing, canoeing in the wilderness canoe areas, Mountain Dew, movies (he’d rather see a movie than read a book), American History, and travel!
The joy that surrounds Keith Krueger is summed up in Jesus and his family! He is grateful to his wife, Barbara, and his adult children Tawnya, Justin and Jared, whom along with spouses and grandchildren, love Jesus, family and the local church. Joy is Keith’s favorite word!
You can contact Keith at: email@example.com
Dave Lane, a veteran youth pastor (20+ years) currently serves as the youth pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Dave oversees the student and young adult ministries.
His true passion is to mentor students to live authentically in their relationship with God. When it comes to their faith, Dave longs for his students to own it, live it and share it. Because of this passion, Dave helps to give leadership to REMIX (an annual youth conference in Toronto, Canada), where students are challenged to see evangelism not as an event, but as a lifestyle.
Dave also has a real heart for fellow youth workers. He has been blessed with the privilege of serving as a trainer for SONLIFE Ministries for the past 15 years. Dave has been given the opportunity to equip and encourage youth leaders across Canada. He also takes an active role in the lives of fellow youth pastors within his denomination.
Dave is in love with his beautiful wife, Laurie, and two amazing kids, Emma and Bobby. Dave has recently become the dad of two teenagers, so now he is putting all of his theory into practice at home.
You can reach Dave at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris, a 19 year youth ministry veteran, serves as the Student Ministries Pastor of First Alliance Church of Port Charlotte, FL. Chris has seen firsthand many friends in ministry burnout, fall or just plain quit. Ministry can be a tough, painful and lonely place to be. Expectations and demands are high, and appreciation…not so much. Having a coach has been essential for his success in both his personal life and ministry! Chris has been fortunate to find coaches along his journey. Those coaches have shared their knowledge, sharpened his skills, listened to the hurts, encouraged, prodded and picked him up when needed. LEAD222 has provided Chris and his wife great relationships, and Chris the opportunity to coach and be coached.
Chris loves going on dates with his wife, Cindy. He also enjoys fishing with his boys and swimming with his little girl! After spending his teen, college and early ministry years in Canada, serving in a church in Florida is a nice reward. From fall until usually January and often February, you can find Chris watching his beloved Steelers! He is a graduate of Canadian Bible College and the Arrow Leadership Program.
You can contact Chris at: email@example.com
Todd Lovelace is a pastor to families at Skyline Church in downtown Oklahoma City. He is also the Director of OKC Suburban Youth for Christ and a ministry coach with LEAD222.
Todd has dedicated his life to learning how to live on mission and helping others to join him in that adventure. His greatest passion is his family and being a spiritual leader to his children. He often refers to his family as his laboratory, as he tries his new ideas on them to see if they will work.
He loves coaching his boy’s sports teams, cooking out, and playing golf. He recently wrote his first book to middle school and high school students called “Marked by Love” with the hopes of helping them become influencers in their world.
Todd and his wife, Laura, have been married since 1996. They have three children, Ross, Reid, and Kate.
You can contact Todd at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Ludwig serves as the Director of Youth Ministry (grades 6-12 and college students) for the United Church of Christ in Medfield, Massachusetts (www.uccmedfield.org). Wendy has served in youth ministry since 1994. She is passionate about helping students discover God’s grace and love, and about developing youth ministry leaders.
Wendy has a Master’s Degree in Pediatric Nursing and practiced as a nurse for many years before she was called to full-time ministry. She has been married to her husband, Bill for 31 years and has a daughter, Kate and a son, Will. Wendy loves growing things and spending time outdoors, she gardens, hikes and skis, she is a beekeeper and an ornithologist.
You can contact Wendy at: email@example.com
Tim and his wife Christie have been in vocational ministry since 1998. In 2012 God stirred them to plant a new church in the heart of Oklahoma City — OKC Community Church. Tim serves LEAD222 as the Director of Servant Leadership and as a coach. Tim and Christie have three daughters, Emily, Carys, and Addi. As a family they aspire to become everything that God has created them to be and to inspire a community of people to aspire to do the same.
Cyndi McClure serves on the Executive Team of LEAD 222 as Women’s Director and as a member of the Leadership Team for Coaching.
Cyndi has over 20 years of experience in Student Ministry and has a background is in Counseling and Student Ministry. She has done work in crisis intervention, served as a youth pastor, and has worked as Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Metro Chicago Youth for Christ. For the past 12 years Cyndi has been serving in the Willow Creek Association, training national and international youth leaders. Her passion is student leadership as well as mentoring and coaching youth leaders. Cyndi is also passionate about her family, fitness, waterskiing, and the beach (she grew up in Florida but is trapped in Chicago!).
Cyndi lives in Wheaton, IL with her husband Mark, who works for Invesco. She has two children, Kyle, married to Charity, and Chrystl, married to Nick.
You can contact Cyndi at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce McEvoy is the Pastor of Family and Service at First Baptist Church of Geneva (a suburb of Chicago) where he has served since 1997. He started as the “Junior High Guy” became the Pastor of Student Ministries…and now champions both Family and Serving ministries and the teams responsible for children, youth, and local and global missions.
Bruce’s greatest joy is his wife and children and beyond serving the Lord in the local church he thrives with giving himself away by coaching and mentoring others. He coached track and field in the public high school for 10 years, but now puts his energy into coaching guys on both the inside and outside game. Ironically, following track coaching he began running and does that faithfully — running a marathon each year with the vision to finish one in each state. He also enjoys any type of fishing, travel, and watching Survivor, 24, and CSI when the Gators are not playing football.
Bruce graduated from Wheaton College in 1993 (BA) and with an MA in 1995, Completed his Masters of Divinity from Northern Baptist Seminary (2000) and finished his doctorate in Youth and Family Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary (2008) with an emphasis on Early Adolescent Spiritual formation. Bruce and his wife Diana live in Geneva, IL, with their children Joel and Sarah.
You can contact Bruce at: email@example.com
Mark Moder is the Executive Director of Youth Dynamics, an adventure-based youth ministry that utilizes activities such as white water rafting, rock-climbing and kayaking to impact thousands of teenagers and young adults in the Northwest each year. Youth Dynamics also ministers weekly to youth in many small communities, planting missionaries and empowering local volunteers to reach the lost teenagers in their cities.
Mark has been in youth ministry in the Northwest since 1987, working as a youth pastor for many of those years, most recently at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. He now leads a staff of 45 youth workers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho who worked with over 5000 students in 12 locations last year.
Mark travels and speaks as his schedule allows. He has authored several national magazine articles and a book, Reach the Campus.
Mark and his wife Heidi live in Bellingham, WA and have been married for 22 years. They have two teenage boys: Cameron and Drew. Mark is an avid snowboarder, a rabid Gonzaga basketball season ticket holder and is a youth ministry volunteer in his church.
For more information about Youth Dynamics go to www.yd.org
You can contact Mark at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sterling is the Pastor of High School Ministries at First Baptist Church of Geneva, Illinois (western suburbs of Chicago), where he has served since 2007. Sterling leads teams of adult volunteers in building a culture of discipleship with the students through small group ministry, leadership training and service/mission experiences in the hopes of seeing transformation happen in the hearts and lives of high schools students.
Sterling has been in vocational student ministry since 1998 and is passionate about coaching and mentoring as it has played such a vital role in his leadership development and overall ministry life. Mentoring relationships in Sterling’s life have been a critical source of connection, support and encouragement through both the joys and challenges of life and ministry. His desire is to journey with other leaders of students through the ebbs and flows of ministry life and to provide the sort of support to them that he has received.
Sterling enjoys hanging out with his family in downtown Chicago or at the beach, designing and building furniture and tailgating at a college football game (Go BUCKEYES). Sterling and his wife Sherry have been married since 1998 and are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters; Emma, Lainey and Naomi.
You can contact Sterling at: email@example.com
Dave O’Vell is the Student Ministry Pastor at McCord Road Christian Church in Sylvania, Ohio. He directs the 7th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade ministries and has been holding this position since 2009.
Dave is always looking for ways to encourage students to take their next spiritual step in their relationship with Christ. He also gains a great deal of joy in developing a strong student ministry team of volunteer dedicated to seeing students mature in their faith.
Dave is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and enjoys playing backyard football and watching college football (especially Penn State) as well as participating in any outdoor activity. He and his wife, Amy, have been married since 2001 and have two daughters, Hayley and Alyssa.
You can contact Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Pendergraph is the Minister to Students at Asbury United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC. At Asbury, Ryan works with a family ministry team to implement strategies that empower students to develop, wrestle with and live out their faith through engaging environments, small groups, service inside and outside the church, and mentoring.
A native of Richmond, VA and graduate of Valley Forge Christian College (PA) with a B.S. in Bible, Ryan has been involved in student ministry leadership with churches large and small since 1998. He has led or helped lead over 14 short term international mission trips and several more within the U.S. and loves seeing students emerge as leaders in environments that are outside their comfort zone. His passion in ministry is to see the church embrace the role of reigniting faith within families.
Ryan loves shooting hoops, being outdoors, trying to play golf (his former “ministry” was making golf clubs) and anything sports related. With his deep east coast roots, Ryan is a huge fan of the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves and of course the Carolina Hurricanes. More than any of those things though Ryan enjoys life most when he is with his wife, Kim, their three children Jacob, Myra, Josiah and their faithful German Shepherd, Justice.
You can contact Ryan at: email@example.com
Brian Schwammlein is the Middle School Pastor at Northwoods Community Church in Peoria, IL and has been involved in youth ministry since the early 90’s. Brian has worked in youth ministry at small and large churches and in middle school, high school and college ministry.
As a result of growing up in Singapore and Europe, Brian is passionate about local and international inter-cultural youth ministry partnerships. Unless God redirects, Brian would be glad to be a “lifer” in youth ministry. Brian has been a grateful recipient of youth ministry coaching and mentoring and knows the value of experiencing and living out the 2 Timothy 2:2 lifestyle. He loves to ski and snowboard, play “Settlers of Catan,” and is a fan of OU Football and Bayern Munich soccer.
Brian and his wife, Jen, have been married 13 years and have four kids, Peter, Daniel, Natalie and Anna.
You can contact Brian at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Sellers is Pastor to Students at Fairfax Community Church in Fairfax, VA where she oversees The Hangar which includes both student worship services and small groups. Her heartbeat is for helping point young people to Jesus and to the unconditional love He offers them just for being who they are. She is motivated by the desire to see them connect to God and one another, and she is honored to have a front row seat to God’s work in the hearts and lives of students.
After doing her undergraduate work at Anderson University, she is nearing the finish line for her Masters in Theological Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary. She also spent two years training under Jeanne Mayo from Youth Leader’s Coach. If she’s not at school or church, you can find her cooking for her friends or students, running, reading, drinking coffee/tea, or trying to find some way to do all those things at once.
You can contact her at email@example.com
Dave Steeves is currently serving as Pastor of Student Ministries and Missions at Moncton Wesleyan in Moncton, New Brunswick. After 12 years, while being mentored by a Sr. Pastor who has served 42 years at the same church, Dave is seeing the incredible benefits of long term ministry with families. After nine years as youth pastor, his role has expanded to include Young Adults, Missions, and coaching volunteer youth leaders.
Dave also serves on the Canadian EFC Youth and Young Adult Ministry Roundtable, speaks at CYWC and is honored to be part of LEAD222. He is ordained through the Wesleyan Church, graduated from University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Briercrest College with a BA in Sports Ministry, and is on the final stretch of his MA in Christian Leadership through Liberty University.
God has rescued him from his tiny dream of playing professional hockey and has done immeasurably more than was asked or even imagined (Ephesians 3:20). He is addicted to attending professional sports games (currently 65) and dreams of attending a Super Bowl one day. His heart has been completely captured by three women, his high school sweetheart and their two young daughters Brooke and Julia. Livin’ the Dream!
You can contact Dave at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Andy Stephenson has served as the leader of the Youth and Family Ministries for the Church of God movement (Anderson, IN) with over 2,000 churches in North America since 2001. Within this role, he directs an international student conference with an attendance usually between 5,000-6,500 high school students and their leaders. Andy is passionate about coaching and seeing others discover and live God’s purpose for their lives. Andy speaks to youth and youth leaders in various settings across the world and is focused on being a part of helping to raise up a new generation of Christ-centered leaders. He taught at the University level from 2001-2009. His book, Smooth Hand Offs passing the baton of faith to the next generations was released in June of 2012 and can be found on Amazon.
Andy married the love of his life, Candace, in August of 2005 and they have two daughters Mackenzie (2007) and Morgan (2012). Andy is passionate about his wife and they partner in ministry and often speak together. He loves being with his little princesses Mackenzie and Morgan (before his girls he didn’t know there were so many princess items out there and he has learned a lot about having a tea party!).
Andy holds an undergraduate degree from Mid America Christian University in Bible and Behavioral Science, a Masters degree from Oklahoma State University in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington specializing in non-profit leadership.
You can contact Andy at: AStephenson@chog.org
Candace (Hargett) Stephenson, a former recording artist from Nashville, TN pours into the lives of students, leaders and student ministries around the country. She speaks to a variety of audiences, addressing topics such as self‑ esteem, purity and seeing one’s self through God’s eyes and helps equip others with the relational tools to be an effective leader. One of her specialties is helping teenage girls see themselves through God’s eyes. She has communicated to thousands of teenage girls on this topic.
A graduate of Anderson University, Candace has her bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism and specialization in Christian Ministries. She has served as student ministries pastor on the local level and currently leads a national student leadership team. Candace has been married since 2005 to the love of her life Andy and they have two daughters, Mackenzie (2007) and Morgan (2012).
You can contact Candace at email@example.com
Jamie moved into full time ministry in 2004 after teaching and coaching for several years. Jamie’s primary ministry leadership was in the youth ministry; he also served in a directional leader for all kids ministries and would often communicate in various services. Jamie served in this capacity in Sioux Falls, SD for the past 8 years until recently when he and his family moved to Oklahoma to be on a church plant team with his LEAD222 coach of the past three years, Tim Mannin.
Jamie and Carrie have been married since 1999 and have two children, Timothy (10) and Micah-Anne (7). As a family they want to do things that matter in people’s lives for God’s glory!
Lane serves as the Associate Student Minister at Trinity Baptist Church, Yukon, OK. There he works closely with middle school students to create a vibrant atmosphere for connection to Christ and His church. He also leads worship for the students at Trinity. Lane began his ministry journey upon graduating high school in 2002. He studied outdoor recreation in college, all the while working in student ministry on both staff and volunteer levels. He began his ministry journey at the church where he grew up, left to pursue other ministry opportunities, and returned to his home church to continue his service in ministry.
He and his wife, Krista, have been married since 2005. They have one son, Hudson. They enjoy being outside and soaking up God’s creation.
CarolAnnThompson is the youth pastor for Church of God Eastern Canada, as well as the Chair and Youth Pastor at The Gathering Place in Kitchener, Ontario. CarolAnn oversees youth ages 12 to 18, for the Church of God Easter Canada, and is involved with event management as well as training and coaching youth leaders.
CarolAnn is a speaker and outdoor enthusiast who loves to climb trees, bike, roller blade and hang out with her students. She has a passion to see youth and young adults grasp the realness, the amazement of God and His power in their lives. CarolAnn has a heart for missions, taking youth to Haiti and serving in Africa as well.
CarolAnn is married and has three married children, three granddaughters and one grandson.
You can contact CarolAnn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bubba Thurman is the Student Pastor at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. He is responsible for directing ministry to students from birth to High School Seniors. Bubba is a 19 year veteran in student ministry with a passion to teach and train student pastors and leaders so that they may be able to impact students throughout the world with the message of Christ. He is a sought after speaker at events ranging from local training to national conferences with 11,000 students.
As a former college athlete, Bubba uses his passion to motivate and inspire people to reach their full potential. As a coach in LEAD222 he is able to fulfill his calling to equip others to strengthen the local church.
Bubba is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University, receiving his BA in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda and their three children Joshua, Tyler and Hannah.
You can contact Bubba at: email@example.com
Rob Townshend is the Pastor of Student and Family Ministries at Calvary Bible Church (CBC) in Rutland, Vermont. Rob is the shepherd for the middle School through young adults in his church and has over 15 years experience working with “this generation of the Church”. Rob’s philosophy is to give ownership of the ministry to the students so that they will see their importance as both disciples and disciple-rs in the Kingdom! Rob equally enjoys the privilege of coming alongside parents to help them become Deuteronomy 6 parents.
Rob is an aspiring author, a gifted communicator of God’s word, and a strong proponent of youth serving alongside adults in the church. Among other things, Rob is a certified Real World Parents presenter, is a Certified Leading From Your Strengths practitioner, has a Master of Ministry from Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate school, and is a certifiably funny guy. One of his greatest passions is watching students recognize their God ordained call to be committed to the cause of Christ and to impact all generations today.
Rob enjoys spending time in the great New England Outdoors with his lovely wife Jenny and energetic son Jacob. They enjoy family trips to Kentucky and generally love to travel as a family and make memories.
You can contact Rob at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Walker is the Student Minister at Chapin United Methodist Church in Chapin, SC where he works with grades 6th-12th and volunteer servant ministers.
Tim’s passions includes his family, football (watching), disc golf or anything outdoors and to see unconnected students get connected with Christ and the church, to help them grow in their faith and to challenge them to serve Christ with their life.
Tim got his undergraduate degree at Gardner-Webb University (GWU) in 2002 and later his Masters of Divinity at GWU in 2007. Tim and his wife Tiffany have been married since 2002 and have three children – Selah, Josiah and Isaiah.
You can contact Tim at: email@example.com
Jon Webster is the owner of Students For Justice in Toronto, Canada, a unique business model, with its origins from a Mississauga youth group, that teaches students how to run an ethical business of screen printing while allowing them to use their creativity and gifts to voice change for our world. With over 15 years of church and para-church youth ministry experiences, Jon never tires of his passion for students and their ability to make another world possible.
Jon is a gifted visionary who enjoys helping lead the church into a more effective future where boundaries are broken down with those outside the church and the agape of Christ can be felt and experienced. He also loves music and has many years experience from within the musician industry.
However, Jon’s greatest passion in life is his amazing wife Krista and four ridiculously active kids who tolerate him daily!
You can contact Jon at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Westburg has been in youth ministry since 1986 and is currently serving as the Pastor of Student Ministries at Parkview Community Church in the suburbs of Chicago. Glenn has been on staff at Parkview since 1999 and is passionate about discipling young people and helping them grow in their love for and devotion to Christ.
Glenn earned a BA from Moody Bible Institute and an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is a gifted teacher and leader. Glenn enjoys working out, playing softball and is an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Eagles (which means he gets a lot of grief living amid Chicago Bear territory).
Glenn and his wife Julie have been married since 1996 and reside in Wheaton, IL with their three kids Brenna, Charlotte and Calvin.
You can contact Glenn at: Glenn@pccmail.org
Matt Wilkinson is Director of LEAD222 Canada as well as the newly appointed Director of Youth Ministries for the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. Here he serves as team leader in overseeing the vision, strategic development, youth ministry training and support/resources to youth ministries across Ontario and Quebec. Previously Matt has served as the Cross Regional Youth Pastor and Youth Ministry Specialist for The Meeting House, a multi-site church in Canada.
Matt also serves on the Canadian EFC Youth and Young Adult’s Ministry Roundtable and is sought after for speaking to youth and youth workers at conferences, retreats, and training gatherings. In his late teens he founded a student leadership training program which has recently merged with a youth worker training experience, Today’s Teens Conference, where he currently serves as the Co-Director. Most recently he has joined LEAD222 to serve as a coach and the Canadian Director.
Matt is passionate about reaching unchurched youth across Canada through empowering, equipping, and resourcing youth workers, both paid and volunteer. His life vision is to “LOVE ALL. SERVE ALL.”
He is a graduate of York University with his BEd and is currently in the middle of his studies with Arrow Leadership. Matt and his wife Charity, live in Burlington, Ontario with their daughter Grace and dog Roxy.
You can contact Matt at: email@example.com
Lyle currently coordinates the student ministry and the Serve Teams of Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson City, MO. He has been faithfully serving God since 1991 in the area of Student Ministry. Not only does Lyle have a passion for student ministry, he loves creating environments of ministry for people to grow in within their own spiritual pathway.
Lyle and his wife, Angela, have two awesome children, Abigail and Aaron. Lyle’s sense of humor and energy are infectious. He is talented in Graphic Design, Video, and eating cheesecake.
You can contact Lyle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Wolff is the Pastor of Student Ministries at Mountain Park Community Church in Phoenix, Az. Beth oversees the development of their 6th – 12th graders. This includes getting into the world of students, but also inspiring and training others to do so as well. Few things get her more excited than finding ways to bridge the gap between youth ministry and “big church.” Seeing and working with others who are passionate about the upcoming generation motivates her to continue to work harder.
Beth is a speaker, artist and all around goofball, but hates staying up late. She is passionate about giving others space to ask questions about God and wrestle with the unfathomable, as well as learning to live sustainably in the world that God has created. She loves reading, dancing and playing tennis with her husband. It would be rare to have a conversation with Beth and miss the fact that she has an adorable daughter and four backyard chickens.
You can contact Beth Wolff at: email@example.com