Meet the MA Team

Ministry Architects Executive Team

Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee for 28 years. Though Mark resigned his position as youth pastor in 2014, after a year away, he plans to return to First Presbyterian as a volunteer associate pastor.

Mark has trained youth workers across the United States and Canada, as well as in Russia, Uganda, South Africa, Ecuador, Trinidad, Nicaragua, and Northern Ireland, working with a wide variety of denominations. He has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and seminaries, including Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ), Vanderbilt Divinity School (Nashville, TN), David Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN), Travecca Nazarene College (Nashville, TN), King College (Bristol, TN), Montreat College (Montreat, NC), William Tyndale College (Detroit, MI), Presbyterian College (Montreal, Quebec), Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC), Tyndale Theological Seminary (Toronto, Canada) and Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI).

Mark is the author of a number of books, including Sustainable Youth Ministry (IVP, 2008), Family-Based Youth Ministry (IVP, Revised and Expanded, 2004) and 2011 releases, Before You Hire a Youth Pastor and The Indispensable Youth Pastor (Group Publishing), both co-authored with YMA Vice-President, Jeff Dunn-Rankin. Mark served as the General Editor for the 2013 release, Letters to a Youth Worker (CYMT, 2013). Mark and his wife, Susan, co-authored a marriage book (with their good friends, Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth) entitled The Most Important Year in a Woman’s Life/ The Most Important Year in a Man’s Life (Zondervan, 2003). Their marriage book has recently been re-released as two separate gift books, one for the bride and one for the groom, called What Every Bride Needs to Know, and What Every Groom Needs to Know. (Zondervan, 2013).

Mark’s articles and reviews have been published in a variety of magazines and journals, including The Christian Century, Theology Today, Group, Youthworker Journal, Preaching, and Lifelong Faith Journal.

Mark served as the general editor for The True Love Waits Bible. He has also contributed to a number of training manuals and textbooks, including Youth Ministry Handbook (Word, 2000), Starting Right (Zondervan, 2001), and Reaching A Generation For Christ (Moody, 1997), The New Interpreter’s Bible Handbook for Preaching (Abingdon, 2007) and Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry (Group, 2007). Mark’s writings have now been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Afrikaans.

Mark graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a B.A. in English and Greek in 1980, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1986 with a senior concentration in Youth Evangelism. Throughout his years spent in Waco and Princeton, Mark was involved in youth ministry–working with Young Life in both Waco and Montgomery, New Jersey and serving on the youth staff at the First United Methodist Church in Waco. Upon graduation from Princeton, he was awarded the first Robert Boyd Munger Youth Ministry prize.

Mark serves as the chairman of the board for the Center for Youth Ministry Training, a two-year residential, masters-level, youth ministry training program based in Nashville. He also serves on the Alumni Board for Princeton Theological Seminary. Mark is a presenter for Homeword’s “Understanding Your Teenager” seminars. And in addition to partnering occasionally with popular Christian musician, Mark Schultz, Mark is a frequent seminar speaker, training youth leaders at both the Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention and the Simply Youth Ministry Youth Ministry Conference.

Mark lives in Nashville with Susan, his wife of over 30 years, and they have three grown children: Adam and his wife, Sara, Debbie and her husband, Trey, and Leigh. Mark and Susan have three grandchildren, Parish, Nealy and Liam.

Jen DeJong began working in youth ministry in 2002 as the Youth Program Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. She currently serves on the Ministry Architects executive team, overseeing the work with many of our churches.

Jen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Cognitive Studies and a minor in Communications. She also earned a M.S. at Vanderbilt in Developmental Psychology with a special emphasis on parental involvement in teenagers’ extracurricular activities.

Jen currently resides in Springfield, Illinois with her husband, Marc, their two daughters, Maria and Rose, and their two dogs.

Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the Director of Family Ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the Youth Director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children’s ministries from California to Florida and is a frequent speaker at events from the Group/Simply Convention to KidMin.

Jeff is a regular columnist for Group Magazine, and has co-written three books with Mark DeVries: Before You Hire a Youth Pastor, The Indispensable Youth Pastor, and Training on the Go (volume 2) (Group Publishing).

Before beginning church ministry, Jeff was managing editor of the Charlotte Sun newspaper. Jeff is a graduate of the Sewanee: The University of the South and has a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Venice, Florida, with his wife Mary Lou, and they have two grown children.

Colyer began working in youth ministry in 1990 as an intern at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, she resumed her focus on youth ministry and served as the logistics director of Family-Based Youth Ministry. Since 2003, she has served as the VP of Operations for Ministry Architects.

Colyer lives outside New Orleans, Louisiana with her husband and three children. A family of sports enthusiasts, the Robisons can often be found on the nearest field, court or stadium.

Ministry Architects Consulting Team - Alphabetical Listing

Staff Consultant - Mary Beth has always had a special place in her heart for young people and helping them find their identity in the Body of Christ. She started out teaching first and third grades before realizing her true calling to youth ministry. In 2011 she became the Children & Youth Minister at Christ Church Episcopal in Alexandria, VA where she first encountered YMA. She is currently serving at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA as Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries.

Mary Beth graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Elementary Education. She has ten years of experience working at and directing summer camps at Shrine Mont Camp and Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

In her free time, Mary Beth loves to make homemade pizza, go on road trips, and hang out in the backyard! Her amazing husband Chris is a nursing student and an integral member of the youth ministry volunteer team. They live in Richmond, VA with their two cats, Smokey and Jojo, and hope to welcome a puppy into the family soon.

Johnathan began working in youth ministry in 2000 as a youth volunteer at Scott AFB chapel. He has served on a church staff as a church administrator, youth pastor, children's pastor, college pastor, and virtual (online and streaming ministry) pastor. He has also overseen prison, outreach and missions ministries.

Johnathan graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He also earned a Masters in Educational Ministries and a Masters in Religions and Cultures from Covenant Theological Seminary.

Johnathan coaches Certificate in Youth and Theology students for Princeton Theological Seminary. He also serves as the Executive Director of Virtual Ministry Assistants and currently works at Ft. Gordon Army base.

With the recent move to the Grovetown (Augusta), GA, Johnathan, his wife and their four children Princeton, Jaden, Abigail, and Laylah are looking forward to getting to know the area and settling in.   He is excited to be closer to family and excited to see what God has in store because advancing God's Kingdom is in his DNA.

Laura Addis has been involved in youth ministry since
2000 in both staff and volunteer roles. There is nothing she loves more than the
local church but she also enjoys speaking at youth ministry conferences and
equipping events.

Laura currently serves as the Director of Programs for Life
in the Trinity Ministry and regularly writes for various youth ministry
magazines, online sites and curriculum publishers. She lives in Asheville, NC
with her favorite husband, Tate, and would be happy spending every afternoon at Sonic happy hour or playing practical jokes on friends.

Devon serves as the pastor at Wintergarden Presbyterian Church in Port Charlotte, FL. She has a passion for working within congregations and ministries seeking to learn where God is calling them next. She has been working with children, youth, and adults since 1993 and loves being with God’s people.

After graduating from Presbyterian College (Go Blue Hose!) with a degree in Christian Education, Devon spent a year as an Interim Director for Youth and Adult ministry (and dabbled in Children’s ministry). After this interim year, Devon attended Columbia Theological Seminary (`06) and University of Georgia (`06), where she received a MDiv and a MSW in Community Empowerment and Program Development. After serving small churches as a redevelopment pastor in West Virginia, Devon currently lives in Englewood, FL with her husband Lamont, and daughter Emma. Her family enjoys being close to the beach and Disney...and the rest of their family is within a few miles!

Sara Bailey has been in youth ministry since 1993 serving Episcopal churches in Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as the Nashville & Philadelphia areas. She has been a part of the Ministry Architects team since 2006. Currently she spends her time working for Ministry Architects as a Lead Consultant and Search Manager, volunteering, and just being a mom.

Sara is a life-long Episcopalian having grown up in the Diocese of West Tennessee. She was raised in a small church in Memphis and active in the youth group as well as Happening. It was at Happening that she experienced her “aha” moment of God’s love. Butterflies are still a significant symbol of her faith journey today. In fact, if you ever visit her home, you’ll find them everywhere.

Priscilla has served in various capacities in ministry for over 12 years. She has volunteered in children, youth, college, dance, women & pastoral ministries. For 4 years she worked on a church staff as the Youth Program Coordinator and is currently church planting with her husband. Priscilla serves as a Virtual Assistant & the Director of Operations for Virtual Ministry Assistants.  She also serves as a Data Specialist for Ministry Architects.

Priscilla graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science  in Mathematics. She also earned a Masters in Educational Ministries from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

Priscilla recently moved to the Grovetown (Augusta), GA area with her husband where she homeschools their four children Princeton, Jaden, Abigail, and Laylah.  She is excited about being closer to family and is looking forward to getting to know the area and serving their community.

Kellie began her work in youth ministry as a youth intern in Mark DeVries’ youth group in Waco, TX at the age of 16.  After graduating from Asbury University, she worked with Youth For Christ in Winchester, VA for two years before marrying her college sweetheart. Since 1990, while her husband has served as a pastor, Kellie has been heavily involved in church life working with youth, children, teaching adult bible studies and taking a LOT of people on mission trips all over the world.

In her spare time, Kellie loves to play golf, volleyball, work in her yard and cook. Kellie and her husband, Tim, have been married since 1989 and have two children, Joshua and Hannah, and presently live in Cleveland, TN.

Nathaniel Brooks is a believer in the Word of God and a sought-after ministry practitioner with a passion for youth and young adult ministry, urban ministry, youth and theology, leadership development, and intergenerational ministry.

He is husband, father, leader, and Youth & Young Adults Pastor at Park Church Charlotte, NC.  He is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a degree in English, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Master of Divinity, Doctorate of Ministry in Urban Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and most recently, a 2014 graduate of the Certificate in Youth & Theology program from the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. Nathaniel has a heart for ministry and has been a faithful servant and leader of several community, educational, and religious organizations that includes: College-Bound Foundation, Youth Coordinator for the Northern Virginia Baptist Association, and Editorial Board Member at the Institute of Youth Ministry (IYT) Princeton Theological Seminary. He has done social outreach initiatives, evangelism, and missionary work in various developing countries such as Kenya, St. Croix, Haiti, Guyana, and Liberia.

He is married to Toccara and they have one beautiful daughter, Morghan Rachel Brooks.

Missy Carfield was raised in Indiana but called Kentucky and Michigan home before enthusiastically responding to God’s prompt to move to Florida in 2002. Though a graduate of Ball State University (’92) and Asbury Theological Seminary (’97), she still has those dreams about heading to a final for the course she forgot to attend all semester.

Missy has been pouring into the lives of young people and their families through the local church since 1994. While an experienced speaker at camps and conferences, including NYWC (National Youth Workers Convention), her deepest passion is satisfied seeing youth, volunteers and families connected to Christ, the church and the world.

Enjoying football, cooking, reading, traveling, and anything with a story, Missy lives in Venice, FL with her husband Jim, their two children: Gavin, Finley and the family canine, Colby Jack.

Since 2004 Lesleigh has been serving as a consultant with Ministry Architects.  She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  From 1998-2005, Lesleigh served as an Associate Minister at Woodmont Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Nashville, TN. In 2006, she was part of the original staff in launching The Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT), which is housed out of Nashville where she currently serves as the Associate Director.

Lesleigh holds a B.S. from Auburn University and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Lesleigh lives in Brentwood, TN with her husband, and their two daughters.

Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to children, youth, and adults in the local church since…a long time. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. She is a Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects, which allows her to help churches assess, vision, and formulate their ministry game plan.

Her books, Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches and 99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker, were published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Her latest book, Smaller Church Youth Ministry: No Staff, No Money, No Problem, was published by United Methodist Publishing House in December of 2016. Her next book, Ten Solutions (to 10 Common Mistakes in Small Churches), comes out summer of 2017. Stephanie is a contributing author to several ministry resources like YouthWorker Journal and Group Magazine.

Check out Stephanie's blogs at youthministry.com,youthspecialties.com, Princeton Theological Seminary, smallerchurchyouthministry.com, and others.

Stephanie and her husband, Steve, live in Houston, TX. Their 7 children are all grown!

In his first year of retirement after 32 years of pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church, David is visiting a different church every week, a valuable experience for immersing himself in the styles and practices of the modern Church. David is also pursuing his passion for camping ministry, having joined the staff of Camp Lake Stephens near Oxford, MS, as its Director of Development. He pursues his passion for ministry, and for youth ministry particularly, through his expanded work with Ministry Architects. His lifetime work in youth ministry includes work in the local church as youth worker and pastor, at the regional level, and through his association with the camping ministries of Mississippi Methodism.

David graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, with a B.A. in Sociology, then from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity degree.

David is married to Laura, and they have three children, Ben, Kathryn, and Mary Evelyn. He loves the outdoors, travelling with his family, playing golf when he shoots under 95, his awesome back porch, and a good cup of coffee.

Jeff was born and raised in East Tennessee and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. He has been in ministry since 2005, and has had the opportunity to build two student ministries from the ground up. Jeff currently serves as a Student Pastor at Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, TN, and leads a campus of over 500 students. Jeff also runs and writes at ymLead.com, an online leadership network for youth workers, and is the author of the book #Goals: Setting Goals to Move You Forward.

Jeff’s goal in ministry is to lead students to know & follow Jesus in a way that affects every part of their life, and to raise up next generation leaders to have an even greater impact. More than anything, Jeff enjoys sharing life and adventures with his wife Candis and their two boys, Malachi and Imri.

Mike began serving in youth ministry in 2001. He has worked at Kanakuk Kamps and has been involved with the para-church youth ministry K-Life. From 2008-2014 Mike was the youth pastor and children’s pastor at the Van Buren, AR campus of Community Bible Church.  Mike is currently on staff at Church at the Red Door where he oversees the youth ministry and children's ministry.

Mike graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelors Degree in Youth and Family Ministry and continued his education with a Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary.

Mike and his wife, Ashley, live in Indio, CA with their daughter, Adeline. Mike enjoys sports, history, and interesting documentaries.

Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee for 28 years. Though Mark resigned his position as youth pastor in 2014, after a year away, he plans to return to First Presbyterian as a volunteer associate pastor.

Mark has trained youth workers across the United States and Canada, as well as in Russia, Uganda, South Africa, Ecuador, Trinidad, Nicaragua, and Northern Ireland, working with a wide variety of denominations. He has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and seminaries, including Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ), Vanderbilt Divinity School (Nashville, TN), David Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN), Travecca Nazarene College (Nashville, TN), King College (Bristol, TN), Montreat College (Montreat, NC), William Tyndale College (Detroit, MI), Presbyterian College (Montreal, Quebec), Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC), Tyndale Theological Seminary (Toronto, Canada) and Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI).

Mark is the author of a number of books, including Sustainable Youth Ministry (IVP, 2008), Family-Based Youth Ministry (IVP, Revised and Expanded, 2004) and 2011 releases, Before You Hire a Youth Pastor and The Indispensable Youth Pastor (Group Publishing), both co-authored with YMA Vice-President, Jeff Dunn-Rankin. Mark served as the General Editor for the 2013 release, Letters to a Youth Worker (CYMT, 2013). Mark and his wife, Susan, co-authored a marriage book (with their good friends, Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth) entitled The Most Important Year in a Woman’s Life/ The Most Important Year in a Man’s Life (Zondervan, 2003). Their marriage book has recently been re-released as two separate gift books, one for the bride and one for the groom, called What Every Bride Needs to Know, and What Every Groom Needs to Know. (Zondervan, 2013).

Mark’s articles and reviews have been published in a variety of magazines and journals, including The Christian Century, Theology Today, Group, Youthworker Journal, Preaching, and Lifelong Faith Journal.

Mark served as the general editor for The True Love Waits Bible. He has also contributed to a number of training manuals and textbooks, including Youth Ministry Handbook (Word, 2000), Starting Right (Zondervan, 2001), and Reaching A Generation For Christ (Moody, 1997), The New Interpreter’s Bible Handbook for Preaching (Abingdon, 2007) and Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry (Group, 2007). Mark’s writings have now been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Afrikaans.

Mark graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a B.A. in English and Greek in 1980, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1986 with a senior concentration in Youth Evangelism. Throughout his years spent in Waco and Princeton, Mark was involved in youth ministry–working with Young Life in both Waco and Montgomery, New Jersey and serving on the youth staff at the First United Methodist Church in Waco. Upon graduation from Princeton, he was awarded the first Robert Boyd Munger Youth Ministry prize.

Mark serves as the chairman of the board for the Center for Youth Ministry Training, a two-year residential, masters-level, youth ministry training program based in Nashville. He also serves on the Alumni Board for Princeton Theological Seminary. Mark is a presenter for Homeword’s “Understanding Your Teenager” seminars. And in addition to partnering occasionally with popular Christian musician, Mark Schultz, Mark is a frequent seminar speaker, training youth leaders at both the Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention and the Simply Youth Ministry Youth Ministry Conference.

Mark lives in Nashville with Susan, his wife of over 30 years, and they have three grown children: Adam and his wife, Sara, Debbie and her husband, Trey, and Leigh. Mark and Susan have three grandchildren, Parish, Nealy and Liam.

Jen DeJong began working in youth ministry in 2002 as the Youth Program Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. She currently serves on the Ministry Architects executive team, overseeing the work with many of our churches.

Jen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Cognitive Studies and a minor in Communications. She also earned a M.S. at Vanderbilt in Developmental Psychology with a special emphasis on parental involvement in teenagers’ extracurricular activities.

Jen currently resides in Springfield, Illinois with her husband, Marc, their two daughters, Maria and Rose, and their two dogs.

Adam has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and their Families at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, TN since July 2014. He is a graduate of Sewanee, and received his Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. Adam served as the High School Youth Outreach Director at FPC Nashville from 2004 to 2007. From 2007 to 2010, Adam served as the Chaplain department head at Alliance Academy International in Quito Ecuador...

Adam also works with the Smart Church Project, a web and technology consulting company that helps churches leverage technology to achieve their goals. Adam's work at FPC includes a combination of volunteer and staff development, teaching and preaching, relational ministry with youth and their families, as well as regularly participating in the worship and mission life of the church. Adam and his wife Sara have two children (Parish age 6 and Nealy age 3).

Megan DeWald serves as the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. In this position, she runs the Certificate in Youth and Theology program and manages digital content, all with a vision for equipping and inspiring leaders who work with teenagers and young adults. A fifteen-year veteran of the youth ministry landscape, Megan has worked in a variety of contexts and denominations, from traditional congregational ministry to social justice work.

Believing in the power of personal story to transcend the boundaries we build between us, Megan is also a writer, poet, activist, and musician. A graduate of Houston’s University of St. Thomas and of Princeton Theological Seminary, she loves reading, learning, traveling, eating, napping, and her beagle, Bono.

Rob Dulaney began serving in Youth Ministry in 1996 while a student at Trinity University.   After graduating in 2000, he served as the Assistant Director and then Director of Junior High Student Ministries at University United Methodist Church in San Antonio, TX.  Since 2007, he has been serving at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, TX as the Director of Student Ministries.   Rob oversees the Student Ministries of two different campuses, one urban and one suburban.  He has a Masters in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Rob lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Christy, and his three young children, Trey, Abby, and Hannah Grace.  In his free time he enjoys running, cooking, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Jeff Dunn-Rankin is the Director of Family Ministry at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida, where he also served as the Youth Director for 16 years. He has consulted with large and small youth and children’s ministries from California to Florida and is a frequent speaker at events from the Group/Simply Convention to KidMin.

Jeff is a regular columnist for Group Magazine, and has co-written three books with Mark DeVries: Before You Hire a Youth Pastor, The Indispensable Youth Pastor, and Training on the Go (volume 2) (Group Publishing).

Before beginning church ministry, Jeff was managing editor of the Charlotte Sun newspaper. Jeff is a graduate of the Sewanee: The University of the South and has a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Venice, Florida, with his wife Mary Lou, and they have two grown children.

Reverend Rob Dyer is Senior Pastor at First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville, IL.  Rob has spent the last several years working in the areas of community missions and leadership development in southern Illinois.  He has worked at both the local church levels as well at the regional level bringing churches, businesses, service agencies, and individuals together for addressing hunger and homeless issues.  He has served on numerous community boards and participated in several church-community collaborations.  Rob also produces a Christian leadership podcast called "God Complex Radio."  In 2013, Rob was named the Citizen of the Year for Jefferson County, IL.  Rob recently received recognition as an ELITE leader by the Center for Racial Harmony and an inaugural winner of the Heart and Soul Award by Caritas Family Solutions.

Before becoming a pastor, Rob had a successful career as a software developer and manager working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. And many years before that, he was a NCAA college mascot. He is used to organizing large numbers of people for transformative experiences, even if it means putting on a tiger costume.

Rob Dyer has been a speaker for conferences, employee seminars, volunteer appreciation events, community rallies, prayer breakfasts, and more.  He has also taught many all-day training and motivational events. Rob lives in Belleville, IL with his brilliant and supportive wife, Sarah, and their four children.

With a background in the non-profit, education, and financial management fields, Aly joins her colleagues at Ministry Architects with a unique blend of skills. Her time as an AmeriCorps inner-city teacher, along with travels around the globe, ignited a passion for larger than life ideas and took her faith journey to new heights. She carried this enthusiasm to a boutique wealth management firm and, after more than a decade of “success,” decided it was high time to listen to God’s gentle calling and jumped into ministry work full-time. She's been serving churches on staff as a Teacher, as the Director of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries, and as a Development Director ever since!

Aly completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University and her Master in Education from the University of Virginia. She's loved using her expertise to help ministry partners and friends in the not-for-profit world tackle audacious challenges through a multi-industry lens. As a strategy and development consultant, her latest passion project involves social enterprise and ending human trafficking. (All in a day's work!) The mom to three fabulous daughters, Aly and her husband love this wondrously messy, grace-filled journey.

Since 1996, Danny has served as a missionary, working with leaders and young people around the world (Brazil, India, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Barbados and others). Danny also served as a student ministries Pastor, College & Career Pastor and English ministries Pastor in several multicultural Churches of various ethnicities (Korean, Brazilian, etc). Daniel is the founder and Director of a ministry called Boundless that seeks to help multi-cultural student ministries intentionally grow in a lasting manner.

Danny holds degrees from Southeastern University (BS in Ministerial Leadership / minor in Missions), and Southern Evangelical Seminary (Masters of Religious with an additional focus in Apologetics).

Danny and his wife, Yamaly, enjoy spending time together as a family with their children, Josiah and Gabriella.

Originally from Britain, where she worked for the Church of England, Victoria has over ten years experience in children’s and youth ministry. She is currently working as the part time Youth Minister at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Doylestown, PA whilst studying for a dual degree in Divinity and Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. Although Victoria also works with younger children, she finds her call and joy in ministry while working with teenagers.

Sabrina Evans has been working in church Christian Formation ministry for over 30 years. Her ministry was centered on children and families. She has completed training for all three levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and Godly Play. She completed all three levels of the Certificate Program from Seminary of the Southwest, and all four years of Education for Ministry.

She has been Director of Christian Formation for the Diocese of Oklahoma for 7 years, covering areas from birth and nursery, to senior ministries. She is responsible for a Youth Leadership Academy, Safeguarding God's People and Children, and for 2017, is the Oklahoma coordinator for the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17), to be held in Oklahoma City. LeaderResources just published her vacation Bible School curriculum, S.P.Y. Parables, and they previously published her Wild Willy's Candy Factory.

Sabrina and her husband Chuck have been married 38 years; they have three boys, and 4 grandchildren.

Bob Ferguson recently retired after 41+ years in pastoral ministry — all of those as the Lead Pastor/Senior Minister of the churches he served.  Bob graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and then The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, with the Master of Divinity (1977) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.  He has served as pastor of churches in Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina and most recently, Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point, North Carolina.

Bob’s love in ministry is in seeing persons who have been turned off by “church” come alive to a faith relationship with Christ Jesus and then living out of that new reality.  He enjoys conversations with persons who tell him they don’t believe in God but are “spiritual.”  Often these are far closer to the Kingdom than they realize.

He loves helping older churches be reborn as they rediscover not only a new vision, but a new level of ministry involvement.  He relishes helping churches see the “cultural captivity” in which they exist — and then discovering ways to escape that captivity.

Bob and Debby have been married for 41 years and have two sons: Eddie — married to Katie with whom they have 2 daughters: Anna and Sarah Kate;  Jack — married to Alissa with whom he has a son — Mac — and a daughter — Caroline.  Bob and Debby enjoy spoiling their grandchildren — Bob spends his time with them dreaming up “stuff” to do that they haven’t thought of yet!  His hobbies are golf, walking his dog, reading, and enjoying collegiate athletics.  Debby and Bob are currently in the process of relocating to Charleston, SC, where they will be closer to their sons and grandchildren.

Kristie is currently a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, in her fourth year of a dual degree program working towards a Master’s of Divinity and a Master’s of Arts in the teaching track of Christian Education.  Kristie also manages a grant in researching high school youth theology.  Parents and families are a passion of Kristie’s and she has focused her education in this area.

Kristie was a youth director for a Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, IL for 8 years before attending seminary. Kristie has a BA from National Louis University and a Master’s in Parenting Education and Support from DePaul University, both located in Chicago, IL.

Kristie and her husband Paul have four adult children and currently live in Princeton, NJ.  Kristie’s previous career was as an interior designer and she still dabbles in design.

Brad Fiscus has been in ministry with teenagers since 1985. He is the Director of Next Gen Discipleship in the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The mission of Next Gen Discipleship is to assist the local church in increasing their capacity to build disciples through ministry with adults, children, youth, young adults, college students, and family systems. Additionally, he serves as a Staff Consultant with Ministry Architects.

Brad has been a contributing author to Group Magazine and Faith Trust Institute. Brad newest work called Small(er) Church Youth Ministry: No Staff, No Money, No Problem was co-authored with Stephanie Caro for Youth Ministry Partners a division of the United Methodist Publishing House. He and his wife, Shelley, are the parents of two teenagers.

Debbie Foster currently serves as the Associated Stated Clerk/General Presbyter in Foothills Presbytery (upstate SC) Since 1986, Debbie has served in a variety of roles in the Presbyterian PC (USA) Church and community: Non-Profit Leader, Youth/Recreation Ministry, Family Ministry, Christian Education and Pastor.
 
She received her Masters of Divinity and Masters of Christian Education from Erskine Theological Seminary. She is a Certified Coach (ICF), and completed the Youth Ministry Certificate program at Princeton Theological Seminary.  She is a “people connector” who brings energy and trusting presence into relationships.  Her passion is challenging people to recognize their resources and strengths and put them in action.
 
Debbie lives in Anderson South Carolina. She and her husband Traverse have three grown children. She loves spending time outside walking, running, working in the yard and boating on Lake Hartwell.

Kristin began volunteering with a youth ministry while in college at Valparaiso University, where she graduated with a B.A in French and Spanish. She spent the next year as a youth intern at two different churches.

In 2007, she and her husband moved to Hong Kong where she served as a youth director at Union Church, an international, inter-denominational church for 5 years.

Kristin graduated with an M.Div from Princeton Seminary in May 2015. She is currently serving as the Director of Youth Ministries at National Presbyterian Church in Washington DC. She and her husband Grant are also actively involved in playing and coaching ultimate frisbee.

Debbie began her experience in youth ministry long ago as a 12-year-old in Mark DeVries’ first youth group in Waco, Texas! After graduating from Baylor University, she joined Mark’s ministry as a Youth Intern and then Youth Program Coordinator. Over the past 12 years, as she and her husband planted a new church in Texas, Debbie has served in a variety of positions in all areas of the church, with Pre-K, Youth Ministry, and Missions being her favorites.

Debbie’s career background is in public relations, and she worked in the Christian publishing industry for about fifteen years coordinating publicity campaigns for authors with Thomas Nelson, Word, Zondervan, and others. In addition to her role as Staff Consultant, she is the Speaker Coordinator for Ministry Architects.

Debbie and her husband, Kirk (who is a pastor) currently live in San Antonio, TX with two of their three teenage daughters: Sarah Grace and Mary Callen.  Their oldest daughter, Ellie, is in college, so (sadly) the nest is beginning to empty.

Marc began work in youth ministry in 1988 as a part-time youth director in Chattanooga, TN. He was 19 years old at the time and had youth just a few years younger than he was. Marc graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Human Services Management. Since then he has worked in several United Methodist Churches and camping programs. In 2011 Marc began a graduate program at the University of Tennessee in Instructional Technology. He graduated in May of 2013.

Marc worked as the youth director at Church Street UMC for 17 years, and now serves as a behind the scenes volunteer. Marc is married to Darla and they have two daughters, Hannah and Erin. Marc enjoys doing whatever his family is doing, reading a good book, camping in their pop-up, and hanging out at the beach as often as he can.

Miriam Georg currently serves as the Minister of Children and Families at Middletown Christian Church in Louisville KY, having attended seminary at Texas Christian University. (Go Horn Frogs!) Prior to this call, she served a church in Arlington TX. Miriam grew up on a farm in Kansas where she learned the important things in life like milking cows and driving trucks. Early in her career, Miriam was a teacher and also spent some time in Chicago where she worked for Performance Learning Systems specializing in coaching professionals. After 12 years of weekly consulting in many places, Miriam settled into the development of coaching materials in Texas.

Miriam has two grown sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law, plus three grand-dogs. Her hobbies include traveling, walking, reading, with hopes of one day becoming be a real guitarist.

Erin began her work in youth ministry in 1994 as a youth intern in Spokane, Washington.  She continued her work with adolescents and graduated from Whitworth University with a teaching degree and an emphasis in sociology.  After teaching in middle school for a season, Erin attended and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity.

Erin spent six years as a Pastor for Youth Mission and Ministry at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington and five more years at Sammamish Presbyterian Church (in Sammamish, Washington) as the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry.

Erin and her husband, Chris (who is also a pastor) currently live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with their two sons, Carter (6) and Ryan (3) where life is one continuous game of football, soccer, tag and wrestling.

Hank has been in full-time youth ministry since 1995. He is currently the Director of Youth Ministries at Franklin First United Methodist Church in Franklin, TN.

Previously, Hank served as Director of Young People’s Ministries Development for the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church where his focus was training and equipping church leaders, creating youth ministry networks, and developing original resources. Hank has had two resources published: The Leadership Lab andReentry: What I Learned on My Mission Trip.

Hank is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. He currently lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Amy and two sets of twins: Tanner and Kendall and Connor and Will.

Kate Hillis has been working in youth and children’s ministry since 2006, serving Wesleyan and United Methodist churches in Buffalo and Houghton, NY, as well as in the central NJ area.

Kate has a Master of Divinity and a Master of Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, and currently works as Director of Children’s Ministry at Kingston UMC in Kingston, NJ. She is also a part-time chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric hospital and works with teenagers and young adults suffering from a variety of psychological disorders. Kate is passionate about working with youth and their families in youth ministry and general pastoral roles in the church. Currently, she is seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church.

Kate, her husband Wren, and their puppy Simba (yes, he thinks he is the king of the jungle… or at least the king of our house) live in Princeton, NJ. In her free time, Kate enjoys cooking, running, creating art, and singing with her husband.

Larry has served in full-time ministry since 1999 and presently serves as Director for Churches in Covenant International, an association of churches and ministries. Prior to entering full-time ministry, he served in his local church in a volunteer capacity for over 30 years beginning in children’s and youth ministries. Larry has also served in education and adult ministry areas and more recently in administrative and leadership roles.

Earlier in life, Larry earned a BBA in Accounting from Memphis State University and enjoyed a successful career in the business arena while serving in a volunteer capacity in ministry.

Larry is a mentor, advisor and coach to pastors and serves on a number of ministry Boards. His passion is equipping local church leaders to accomplish the mission of the church as the greatest change agent on earth. He has authored several articles and, together with Suzanne, conducts marriage enrichment and leadership training workshops.

Larry and Suzanne have been married for over 45 years and have 2 adult children, Michael and Michelle, and 2 granddaughters – Rachel & Rebecca. Larry takes great joy in his family and their devotion to Christ.

Drew, an ordained ECO pastor, serving in youth ministry since the 1977. His education includes a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry in Youth and Family, both from Fuller Theological Seminary. Drew’s last two calls were as Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry at Columbia Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Vancouver, WA for 21 years and as Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry at First Presbyterian Church (ECO) in Honolulu, HI for 8 years. Both were opportunities to redesign and renew ministries, with Hawaii also being a wonderful multi-ethnic situation. In addition to directing and speaking at years of summer camps, designing regional conferences in both Oregon and Hawaii, directing Youth Choirs and leading worship, Drew has had the opportunity to train over 100 interns, while mentoring new youth workers across the West Coast.

Drew and his incredible wife, Cathy, recently moved from the warm sands of Hawaiian beaches to the desert sands of Tucson, AZ, in order to be close to their two grandkids, Jane & Ethan. They enjoy spending time with their two grown children, Corrie, a freelance writer in Brooklyn, and Amy, a digital ministry program manager, married to Mat, a pastor in PCUSA. Drew is currently enjoying being a volunteer high school and college leader at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian in Tucson. In his free time, Drew is the assistant coach for his eight-year-old granddaughter’s fast pitch team. He and Cathy enjoy hiking, working out, and watching Criminal Minds.

Stephen is a dad, husband, writer and foodie. He has served in churches for 19 years and also serves as a lead consultant with Ministry Architects. He lives in Birmingham with his wife Mary Liz and their three kids Mary Clare, Patrick, and Nora Grace.

Stephen speaks at conference all around the country as well as leading training events, intentionally spiritual parenting workshops and retreats for youth ministries.

Stephen is a contributing author to several blogs including youthspecialties.com.  He blogs and podcasts regularly at www.12stonespirituality.com.  His books include Hollow Faith: How Andy Griffith, Facebook and the American Dream Neutered the Gospel, ExtraOrdinary Time; 365 Ordinary Moments with and Anything But Ordinary God and Organic Student Ministry.

Wynesia is a graduate of DePauw University (BA majoring in Sociology) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth). She has been in ministry for over 20 years; over 10 years serving as full time staff member at Eastern Star Church (Indianapolis, IN). In this position, Wynesia primarily assisted with the spiritual growth of new members.  Her ultimate passion is to help believers understand and live out the principles of God’s Word so they can be better representatives for Him in this world.  Wynesia enjoys teaching/preaching, mentoring, and developing programs and services to help disciple others.

Wynesia lives in Indianapolis, IN with her husband, Steven. Through marriage, she has two adult sons, Robert and Steven, Jr.   She enjoys fitness, traveling, and discovering local restaurants and unique activities.

Bryant began working in youth ministry in 1996 in the United Methodist Church. He has been worship speaker for summer camps, taught seminars for youth workers, and written curriculum for the Florida United Methodist Camping programs.

Bryant graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.

In his free time Bryant enjoys all things technology, exercise, good movies, and blogs at thepostlu.de. He and his wife, Tonya, live in Kernersville, NC.

Heather's passion for children's ministry, building teams, and developing volunteers keeps her energized and expectant of what God wants to do in and through people.  She sees the best in people and strives to help them reach their potential in ministry and in everyday life.  She has served in children's ministry for over 17 years and currently serves as the Leadership Development Director for Freedom Church in Acworth, Georgia.

Heather holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College and practiced as a Registered Nurse for over 13 years before God called her into ministry.  She finds herself continuing to be asked, "Can you take a look at this weird bump on my arm?" and happily applies her nursing expertise to her everyday life.

Even though the children at her church think she lives at the church building, Heather shares her home with her husband Shane, and her two boys, Chad and Chase.  She loves long walks in her hilly neighborhood and coffee dates with friends, as well as blogging at www.leadingfromthedeepend.com .

Mike has spent the past 20 years working with young people in churches in California, Kansas, and Idaho. Currently he serves as the associate professor of youth and family ministry at Northwest Nazarene University. He still attends the church in which he last worked as youth pastor and now serves on the board there as an advocate for youth and family ministry.

Mike holds degrees from California Polytechnic State University (BS in Business Administration), Nazarene Theological Seminary (Master of Religious Education) and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min. Youth, Church, and Culture).

Mike has been married to Sandy for 14 years and they enjoy playing, camping and traveling with Spencer (9) and McKenna (7). When he is not reading, writing, correcting, advising, teaching, or preparing. . . Mike loves to wrestle with his kids and have family dance parties.

Brian Kuhn is the Director of Youth & Family Ministries at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO.  He has been involved in youth ministry since 1999 and been in a paid position at Webster Groves Pres. since 2000.  His positions at Webster Groves Pres. have taken many forms over the years but the one constant has been his passion and dedication to the youth and families of the congregation and the community.   Church, adolescents, and faithfulness are his passions in life and he works hard to constantly bring all of those elements together no matter what he is doing.  He frequently teaches workshops, and speaks to groups about topics like the adolescent brain, sex and sexuality, and building a youth ministry and congregation that is not afraid to address and embrace the challenges of adolescents, parenting and being community.

Brian has a Master of Arts in Profession Counseling and is a Licensed Profession Counselor in the State of Missouri.  The combination of his ministry and clinical work has given him a unique view of today’s adolescent, the challenges they face, and how the church can and should be a sanctuary for youth and their families.

Brian lives with his wife Jennifer and their two children Chase and Paige.  Playing in the yard with his kids, traveling with his wife, and running alone are some of his major passions outside of work.  Brian and his family are avid St. Louis sports fans with the Cardinals and the Blues on top of their list of teams to be excited about (and lose sleep over)!

Buzzy, yes that is her name or at least what she has been called since she was about two, has been involved in youth ministry for over twenty years. Her entry into youth ministry began when she was trying to hire a youth director and ended up being the one hired. Buzzy worked with youth, young adults, parents and volunteers at Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona for 15+ years. During her time on staff, the church grew from 350 to 1200 members. One of Buzzy’s greatest joys in her work was to enable and empower youth and volunteers to identify and use their gifts to glorify God. She also loves mission work and has led over twenty trips.

Buzzy’s love of youth ministry and the desire to have a more solid theological grounding in it led her to Princeton Theological Seminary where she is studying to get a Master’s of Divinity focusing on pastoral and youth ministry.

Buzzy and her husband Joe moved from Phoenix to Princeton two years ago where they live with fellow seminarians in the married housing complex. She has two young adult daughters and loves to spend time with them and their dog Elphie. When she isn’t studying Buzzy enjoys reading books for fun, traveling, seeing shows (it is great to be near NYC) and staying in touch with friends.

Since 2000, Monica has served in a variety of roles in both small and large churches, and understands the unique opportunities each setting brings.  She has a passion for setting up systems that help to equip people in relationship and mission.  Monica believes that churches are always changing and with the correct structures in place, ministry will continue to flourish and new possibilities emerge during moments of transition.      

Monica earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  

Monica lives in the Kansas City area with her minister husband, their daughter (for whom they try every day to create a normal life as a double preacher’s kid) and their dog, Princess Leia (who likes long walks, terrorizing rabbits, and cleaning up after meals).

Aqueelah grew up in Dayton, Ohio and has lived in Chicago and Northern Virginia before settling in Long Island, NY. For over a decade, Aqueelah has served as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Families at the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, in Jamaica, Queens, New York where she was ordained as a Teaching Elder. She is currently the Site Coordinator for the Young Adult Volunteer Program of New York City with the Presbyterian Church USA World Mission Agency. Aqueelah has over 20 years of children, youth and family ministry experience inside and outside the local church, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the College of Wooster and a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.

Aqueelah is an enthusiastic speaker, preacher and leader with a passion for today’s youth, and young adult women. She has served as a leader and host for a variety of workshops, conferences, seminars, retreats, camps, concerts, and worship events. Additionally Aqueelah’s had the opportunity to work with GenOn/Logos Ministries, DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center (on which she serves on the Board of Directors), and YouthWorks.

In her free time, you may find Aqueelah volunteering as a fitness instructor for NYC based program, SHAPE UP NYC or you may find her traveling the world with her wonderful husband, Sharon.

Jessica has worked in youth and family ministry since 2002. Thirteen of those years she served as a Minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA, and currently she is doing “ministry at large” around the Palm Desert, CA area where her husband, David, is a Pastor at Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church.

Jessica graduated with a BA in Communication from the University of Southern California and began working on her MDIV at Fuller Theological Seminary before going on maternity leave with her first-born, a daughter named Macy. Jessica just gave birth to her 5th child, Jalen, in September of 2016, so needless to say, she hasn’t managed to return to her MDIV work quite yet.

Jess’ other interests (besides mothering and ministry) include photography, writing, cities, gathering people around the table, and being active.

Becki is retired from ministry and living in the Nashville, TN area. She spent the past 30 years working with children and families as a teacher, church staff, and a curriculum writer.

Becki taught grades 3-6th for 12 years in Tampa, FL before entering children’s ministry in 2000. While in this position she began writing curriculum for her large group/small group needs and this led in 2005 to a position with Group Publishing as the Director of Editorial for Curriculum for six years. She led the team that developed Living Inside Out, Grapple, Grapple Jr. High, Buzz, My First Hands on Bible and many other great resources for children, youth and adults. In 2012, Becki returned to the local church.

Becki’s passion is providing learners of all ages with experiences that allow them to discover how exciting discipleship can be. She has written for Group Publishing, Nav Press, Cokesbury, David C. Cook, Compassion and Focus on the Family. Becki is married to Dennis and they love sports, reading, travel and visiting their two grandsons in Tampa, FL.

Leslie first became truly engaged in youth ministry while attending Auburn University to study Sociology. She worked as Youth Minister at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for four years. Prior to her experience at Holy Trinity, Leslie had been a camp counselor at Camp Beckwith and a volunteer for Young Life. After leaving Holy Trinity, Leslie followed a call to Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville where she served as the Youth Ministry Coordinator. Leslie was first introduced to Ministry Architects while serving at the Cathedral.

After serving at the Cathedral, Leslie served on the Diocesan youth ministry staff for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. In that role, she coordinated youth events, supported full-time and volunteer youth ministry in and around the Diocese, and coordinated the Episcopal non-profit, Sawyerville Day Camp, a free summer program that is staffed by high school and college age volunteers and offered for free in one of the most impoverished counties in Alabama. Under her leadership, the camp tripled in size--both in attendance and volunteer numbers but also in regards to the budget. Leslie spent a lot of her time not only coordinating and overseeing this free summer program but also fund raising and garnering awareness and support. Recently the camp expanded and added a free academic program for rising 5th and 6th graders, an incredibly successful summer learning program that is already gaining recognition all over the Southeast because of its deep impact and quick results. Currently Leslie is focusing more time at home and on her family with the recent addition of her second daughter. She can also be found serving as a coach for the Center for Youth Ministry training or working for Ministry Architects, something she has enjoyed doing since 2008. Leslie is married to the Rev. Bentley Manning, an Episcopal priest, and together they have two young daughters, Mary Bentley and Alice.

Kathy started volunteering in children’s Sunday school in 1986 and began serving as a children’s ministry staff member in 1989, working in children’s ministry for over 25 years. She is currently the Director of Children and Family Ministries at NorthPark Presbyterian Church in Dallas.

A graduate of Trinity University with a degree in education, Kathy is a Certified Christian Educator with the PCUSA. She has led children’s ministry workshops at presbytery CE events and classes for parents. One of her favorite opportunities was leading a parenting retreat in Cluj, Romania, and seeing God at work in the lives of young parents there. Encouraging parents is a passion for Kathy as well as sharing about children’s ministry. Her most precious moment in ministry was watching her daughter teach as they co-lead a 5th and 6th grade Mother/Daughter retreat.

Kathy and her husband, Mike, have three adult children and three grandchildren. They both love hanging out at home (which is always an opportunity for a home repair projects), playing with her grandkids, cooking for family and friends, and taking great road trips.

Dr. Stephen D. McConnell comes from a long line of Presbyterian ministers including his great- grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle and two brothers. He was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, but did most of his growing up in suburban Detroit. Steve attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Steve served the Melrose Carmel Presbyterian Church in suburban Philadelphia and the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church in Liberty Corner, New Jersey. He is presently the Senior Pastor of Church of the Palms in Sarasota, Florida. He has served as speaker at the New Wilmington Missionary Conference, the Massanetta Springs Bible Conference, the Wee Kirk Retreat in New England, and a variety of church renewal events. He also serves as a consultant for Ministry Architects, a consulting ministry for local churches.

Steve received his D. Litt. from the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University with a focus on C.S. Lewis studies. He is married to Amanda and they have a daughter, Brittany. Steve enjoys reading and running and watching his favorite sports teams – the St. Louis Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines – bring home the victory. He is the author of two books: Take Me to Aslan: C.S. Lewis and the Art of Trusting and When the Wind is Against You: Encouragement for When Life Pushes Back.

John has more than 15 years of experience in Youth Ministry and presently serves as Youth Minister at the First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA, Co-President of the Prince William County Ministers Association (VA) and Professor at the University of Valley Forge.

John is a graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (NY), St. Mary’s Seminary and University’s Ecumenical Institute of Theology (MD) and Lincoln University (PA) where he earned his Master of Divinity, Certificate of Advanced Study in Theology and Bachelor of Health Science degrees respectively. He has also served as a chaplain at the University of Rochester Medical Center, a team captain for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention’s Youth Ministry Initiative, serving as the principal planner for the annual youth summit, and a Public School teacher.

John is a holistic spiritual caregiver and has served in various ministerial capacities to include youth and young adult pastor, guest preacher, Bible study teacher, curriculum developer, retreat facilitator and conference speaker.

Katie has had a passion for helping young people find their identity in Christ since she was a teenager herself, so after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, youth ministry was an obvious fit.

Katie is the Youth Minister at St. David’s Episcopal in Roswell, Georgia where she has been serving since July of 2004. She heads up all things around the middle and high school students and loves every bit of it!  She teaches and shares about the things she’s most passionate about, creates adventures, and works with an amazing team of volunteers who have a passion for the Lord and students.  After being at the same church for 10 years, Katie has come to learn that every year holds its own challenges and blessings.

In addition to her ministry, Katie enjoys movies, a good book, being active, and is a little bit of a dancing machine!  She is married to an amazing man named Jeremy who is an integral part of the youth program, and has two young children: Rollins and Harlow.

Jill grew up in Fayetteville Arkansas and remains a Razorback sports fan. As a teenager she began volunteering at church; there she found her "niche" in ministry and curriculum writing.

In 2009 Jill graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas with a degree in Children and Family Ministry. Since then she has worked as Director of Children's Ministry at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. She also writes for David C. Cook's curriculum resource, Real Life Downloaded.

In her free time, Jill equally enjoys cozying up indoors and adventuring outdoors. She recently ran her first half marathon! Her next trek will take her across the pond to Edinburgh Scotland, where her husband Craig will be continuing his theological studies.

Mrs. Antoinette  H. Mosley, also known as “Miss Toni” to her students,  is a native of Jennings, Louisiana, and has nearly twenty years of youth ministry experience.  She is the daughter and grand-daughter of youth ministry leaders. She is a graduate of McNeese State University with a B.A. in English Education and Southern University and A&M College with a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision. She also holds a Master of Divinity in Christian Education and Youth Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mrs. Mosley is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and is the recipient of the MLK Jr. Award as well as her hometown’s key to the city. She is also a Golden Key Honor Society member. Mrs. Mosley has taught public school and has led several local, state, and national youth mission trips. Additionally, she has served as associate professor of English at National Bible College in Fort Washington, Maryland. She has also written Sunday school curriculum for R. H. Boyd Publishing, Judson Press, and has been a contributor to other Christian education resources. She served nearly 13 years as the full-time youth  minister of Centennial Olivet Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky where the Rev. Dr. Wilbur S. Browning, Sr. is pastor.  She is currently serving as the youth ministry consultant for the Baptist Fellowship Center, a ministry of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Mrs. Mosley is newly married and is encouraged by the support of her husband, mother, and home church, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoys spending time with her husband and traveling. Mrs. Mosley is passionate about helping youth to find their unique places in God’s plan.

Pastor Kermit Cornell Moss, Sr. serves as senior pastor of Manhattan Bible Church which is located in the Inwood neighborhood in Northern Manhattan (NYC).

In addition, Pastor Kermit is a Ph.D. student in the area of Practical Theology (Christian Education and Formation) at Princeton Theological Seminary and has research interests in the intersection of theology, identity, spirituality, pneumatology, urban youth and hip-hop/ pop culture. In addition, Kermit

Prior to matriculating to the Ph.D program, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Long Island University-Brooklyn campus, with a B.A. in Political Science and also graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Kermit has served on pastoral staff in congregations in Virginia and New Jersey, served as senior pastor in a congregation in the South Bronx New York and spent six months in the Philippines as a missionary. He is married to Antoinette Gaboton-Moss and they have three wonderful children: Kermit Jr., Sebastian, and Chloe.

Krista’s passion is youth ministry, and creating experiences for
young people to connect with Jesus. She also has a heart for helping families
disciple their kids in partnership with the church, and raising up volunteers
in ministry. She has worked with youth, children, and families in a variety of
roles through a lengthy career in the Florida Conference of the United
Methodist Church.

Krista graduated from Mars Hill University with a degree in
Youth Ministry. She is also a coach for the Youth Ministry Institute in
Orlando, and serves as the Youth Coordinator for the Southwest District in the
Florida Conference. She loves reading, running, playing basketball and watching her kids play sports. Currently, she serves as Director of Student Ministries
at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Sarasota, Florida. She and her husband
Greg are die-hard Green Bay Packer fans and have three girls, Laney, Rylee, and
Gemma.

Carla Murray began working in youth ministry over 20 years ago as a youth volunteer at Second Baptist Church in Michigan. She served on the church staff as the church secretary, sunday school teacher, and youth director. Carla graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. She also holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

Carla Murray is currently serving as the Youth Minister at Christ The King Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI.  She also serves on the Family Life Ministry (Christian Education) core team and as an Associate Minister under the leadership of Rev. John W. McVicker, Sr.  Carla was licensed in 2010 and ordained on Palm Sunday in 2015. Carla currently lives in Menomonee Falls, WI and enjoys life with her family, which includes her husband, Darron and their 3 children – Darron II, Miles, and Desiree.

Jim is in his 30th year of ministry with 20 years as a local church youth pastor and currently in his 10th year of leadership at Youthfront  a 75-year-old para-church organization in Kansas City committed to creating holistic, missional environments for Christian formation.  Jim has served in various other roles including national leadership teams with his church denomination (EFCA), speaking at conferences, church consulting and individual coaching. Jim is also an Advanced Certified LifePlan Facilitator of The Paterson Center.

His education includes a B.A. Degree from Lexington Baptist College and a M.A. Degree from Huntington University, both in Youth Ministry Leadership.  Jim and his wife, Tina, live in Overland Park, KS. where they have raised three grown daughters who share the same birthday.

Brent is the Associate Minister for Family Life at First Christian Church in Longview, TX. He has served as a local youth minister, a camp and conference director, and a featured speaker and worship leader for Disciples, United Methodist, Episcopal and Presbyterian churches over the past dozen years. Brent has a Masters of Divinity Degree from Brite Divinity School and a Certificate in Youth and Theology through Princeton Theological Seminary, and has nearly completed a Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction. Brent currently leads retreats for youth and adult church groups and has been a curriculum writer for the United Methodist Publishing House and The Thoughtful Christian.

Brent, Kori and their sons, Caedmon and Kai call Longview, Texas home and enjoy spending days together at the park, the pool, and anywhere that balls can be thrown, caught, hit, dribbled, or kicked.

Elaine Pendergrass comes with a wealth of knowledge about teaching and learning, child development, and children's discipleship. Elaine holds a BS. in Elementary Studies and an M.A. in School Administration, both from Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC). She has devoted about half of her career to education and the other half to Children's Ministry. She has served both in public and private schools as an Elementary teacher, Instructional Specialist, Preschool Director, and Head of School. She has also served as a Children's Minister at two large churches in Houston, Texas (Jersey Village Baptist Church and First Methodist Houston). Elaine is passionate about loving children, making disciples, and equipping families to raise their children in faith. Elaine and her husband David have been happily married for 17 years. They have two beautiful children, Hayden (12) and Julia (9).

Scott began his ministry career in 1998 with Young Life in
Western Michigan where he led multiple teams in ministry with high school &
middle school students and helped form the Young Life College ministry at Grand
Valley State University.

Since then Scott has held a number of positions with Young
Life and has worked as a Youth Pastor with three churches in Michigan and
Columbus, Ohio where he also oversaw the development of new ministries with
college students and young adults.

Scott also served as Campus Pastor with one of where he developed
a growing campus of 18-25 year olds and began college ministries on the
campuses of Grand Valley State and Michigan Tech Universities. He’s also served
as an Executive Pastor, designing systems of ministry for church
multiplication.

Currently, Scott is the Lead Pastor of Jamestown Harbor
Church, one of the Harbor Churches, a multi-site church in West Michigan.

Scott and his wife Cindy have two sons, Isaac & Jonah, and live in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, MI. Scott is passionate about leading the next generation through equipping, leadership development and church multiplication.

Anthony Prince is a husband, dad and pastor - in that order. Anthony currently serves as the Family Pastor at newhope church, a multi-site church with 10 campuses located throughout the Carolinas with an international campus in Kenya . He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary, with an M.A. in Global Leadership and an emphasis in Youth, Family & Culture.

Anthony is a sought-after speaker on the topics of children & family ministry, strategic church leadership, and volunteer recruitment. He is also a contributing author to two books: What Matters Now in Children's Ministry (2011) and Sunday School that Works! (2014).

Heather is passionate about all things youth ministry.  She loves coordinating, planning and executing events.  She is a gifted communicator and speaker.  She is passionate about life, Jesus and loves seeing students’ lives transformed by the gospel.

When Heather is not at her church where she’s been serving on staff as the Youth Ministry Director for the past six years, you can usually find her somewhere laughing with her husband, Rodrigo, biking, lifting weights or doing just about anything active.

She and her husband Rodrigo, live in Aledo, IL where she serves on staff with First Baptist Church.  Prior to her current position she worked with Student Venture and Campus Crusade for Christ.  Heather has over 10 years of Youth Ministry experience and is a graduate student at Huntington University where she is pursuing a Masters in Youth Ministry Leadership.

Doug Ranck has been in youth ministry for 31+ years, serving in the Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, California for 26+ of those years. He is also a youth ministry consultant, trainer and speaker in the Southern California Conference, as well as the national level of the Free Methodist Church.  In addition, he coordinates a local network of Youth leaders/pastors, is a member of the WriteGroup with Interlinc and has written numerous articles for youth ministry magazines/websites. In 2008 he was published as author of the Creative Bible Lessons Series: Job (Youth Specialties/Zondervan).

Doug graduated from Greenville College with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministries and from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Religion.

Doug is happily married to Nancy, proud father of Kelly, Landon and Elise, and never gets tired of looking at the Pacific ocean every day.

Married to an Episcopal priest, Melissa grew up in the church and has served in children's and youth ministries in a number of denominations since 1997 as a paid staff person and volunteer in small and large churches in Philadelphia, New York City, and Connecticut.

Melissa enjoys speaking at retreats and workshops for clergy, church leaders, volunteers, parents, and youth. She has authored curricula and numerous articles with Group Publishing, and is a guest blogger for a number of online blog sites. She's currently working on her first book project.

Melissa and her husband, Mike, live with their two daughters and a son: Talie, Kiersten, and Peyton—all who are over the age of ten! She loves to read, and she's particularly fond of giraffes and the color orange.

Donna uses story, interactive experiences and humor as she works with children, youth and adults in congregations experiencing change and challenges.  Her greatest desire is to help congregations develop their resources and talents to pursue their mission with faithfulness, excellence and joy. 

Donna holds a B.A. in Psychology from Anderson College and a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology.  Her training in mediation, healthy boundaries, transition management, community development, emergency response and volunteerism help her to make connections 

Her books, Dream Walking and Dream Walking for Kids are both guides to help people of all ages open their hearts and minds to do more with God than any of us at first dared to dream or imagine.

Donna is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and married to Bill Rose-Heim.  They have five grown children and five grandchildren. Donna has served in congregations and congregational support offices in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. She and her husband live in Kansas City and enjoy hiking, dancing and biking together.

Annette fell in love with children’s ministry in the 1980s and has never looked back. After graduating from Bible college in 1991 with a certification in children’s ministry, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s from SMU. Over the years, she has consistently served in various roles and in various settings as either a staff member or volunteer team member.

In recent years, Annette served as a director for a rapidly growing children’s ministry, and has been a member of the Ministry Architects team since January of 2012. She is a conference speaker for both Children’s Pastor’s Conference and Group’s KidMin Conference. She lives in McKinney, TX with her husband Kevin, and their two children, and enjoys traveling, cooking, and writing.

Chris is the Director of Student Ministries at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC. He has a passion for helping connect students to God, to leaders and to each other.

He has worked in full-time ministry since 1993, working with Children’s, Middle School, High School and College Ministries.

Chris is married to Karin and they have two young children, CJ and Kylie. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Chris is an avid sports fan.

Melissa “Lissa” Schaap has a passion for working with churches, organizations, and individuals as they clarify and accomplish their strategic missional goals and mobilize workers for cross-cultural ministry. She is experienced in helping organizations and communities break the cycle of economic and spiritual poverty, while building long-term partnerships, pursuing Biblical social justice, and walking with individuals on their faith journey.

Lissa serves as the VP of Connections and Partnerships for ImaniXchange, a women empowerment program that serves to provide job opportunities to single, widowed, disabled and disadvantaged women in Africa. Previously, Lissa served as a Church Mission Coach on the Mobilization Team at WorldVenture.

Lissa has a B.S. in Economics with a minor in Communications from Calvin College. She later earned a M.Ed. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. She lived and taught English in Japan for 2 ½ years and has enjoyed meeting people in more than 40 countries. Lissa loves spending time with her husband and daughters, hiking, snowshoeing, traveling, engaging in conversations in cool coffee shops with colleagues and friends, and running with her dogs while soaking in the spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains from her neighborhood in South Denver, CO.

Steve Schneeberger is the Executive Director of the Youth Ministry Institute. Founded in 2005, YMI is an organization that empowers youth ministers to become skilled and effective leaders. www.yminstitute.com Beginning in 1985, Steve began a vocation as a youth minister serving churches in Kansas and Florida. He is a 1981 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kansas, has a business degree from Baker University and a law degree from the University of Kansas. He is also the adjunct professor of youth ministry at Florida Southern College and the youth ministry consultant for both the Central Florida Diocese of the Episcopal Church and the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is married to Carol, a teacher and former counselor. He and his wife have lived and worked in Orlando, Florida, since 1994. They have three children.

Erika has always had a special place in her heart for teenagers, and because of her love for Christ as well, she is very passionate about youth ministry. After graduating from Rhodes College in 2001 with a major in Religious Studies and a certification to teach elementary school, Erika moved to Nashville and began working on staff at First Presbyterian Church as the Junior High youth director.  After seven years of doing middle school ministry at First Presbyterian, she began working in a Director of Youth Ministries role that required her to focus on youth staff development and soul care, and service learning for middle and high school students.  Erika was introduced to YMA during these years of working on Mark DeVries’ youth staff, and has had the privilege of serving churches through YMA since 2006.

Erika is married to Jeremy Shapiro and they live in Nashville, TN with their two young children, Isaac and Ada, and two dogs as well.

Dave Sippel began working in youth ministry during the summer of 1994. From 2001 to 2011 he served as a youth and young adult director at three of the largest United Methodist churches in the Florida Conference. Since 2008 he has consulted with churches from 32 different states representing 12 different denominations. Dave also served as a denominational leader for youth and young adult ministry in the Florida Conference of the UMC.

Dave is the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He is a regular speaker for camps and retreats. He has also been a seminar speaker at several youth and young adult ministry training events. Dave has also done some writing for the Immerse Journal Online.

Dave is a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, KY. He lives in Pompton Plains, New Jersey with his wife, Teresa, and their two sons; Grant and Cade. Dave loves the outdoors. He camps and hikes often. He can also be found kayak fishing every chance he gets.

Duane Smith is a three decade veteran of youth ministry having served the Reformed Church in America (Great Lakes Region) as a youth ministry consultant, the Discipleship Youth Team of the RCA, and several West Michigan churches.  Additionally Duane has helped launch several non-profit groups aimed at supporting youth ministry development and is an adjunct professor of youth ministry at Western Theological Seminary. His latest research involves reframing youth ministry in an inter-generational context.

Duane lives in Hudsonville, Michigan, and has three adult children, Matt, Megan, and Nick.

Nate Stratman has been in full-time Youth Ministry since 2000, starting with a church in Wilmington, NC and now serving as Director of Students at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, CO.  He is creeping towards the end of his 10 year pursuit of an MDiv from Fuller Seminary. Nate has partnered with Young Life and Youth Conference Ministries (YCM) since he began in youth ministry and continues to do so.

Nate is married to Kim and they have two young daughters, Ruthie  and Ellie. Nate loves eating, cooking, the St. Louis Cardinals, the outdoors, blogging (www.natestratman.com), being an Arkansas Razorback and dreaming about ways the church can be what God intended it to be. (In the creepy picture to your right, Nate is wearing a wig and posing as a DJ, representing 2 dreams that have not come true.)

Nate has more than a decade of experience in youth ministry, including six years of ecumenical experience during which he was employed by three different churches from three different denominations all at the same time.  (Not to fear, it was a wonderful thing!)

Nate holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Practical Theology (Christian Education/Youth Ministry) at Princeton.  He is active in the Mennonite Church, USA, and frequently participates in youth ministry conversations at the denominational level within the Mennonite Church.

Nate currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, Janel, and their three kiddos, Joshua, Jenna, and Isaac.  In addition to spending time with his family, Nate loves music, friends, good food, Sunday afternoon naps, and laughter.

Brett Talley is an Orange Specialist with Orange (thinkorange.com <http://thinkorange.com/>) after 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his smoking hot wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average). Brett and his family live in Cummings, Georgia. Connect with Brett on twitter & Instagram @brettryantalley for pictures of the cutest kids in the world.

Dr. Margaret (Sissy) Wade has invested over three decades in the world of education. In the classroom as a teacher and as head of school for two faith-based schools in Nashville, Tennessee, her work and leadership have influenced and inspired many over the years. Following her retirement from the school setting, Sissy became a principal of Walker, Wade and Associates, a mission based, not-for-profit consulting firm. In December 2014, Dr. Wade was named the Executive Director of The Heads Network, which promotes active collaboration and professional growth for independent school heads and leaders committed to the education of girls and the advancement of women’s leadership.

Sissy earned both her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband Frank, still live in Nashville while making trips to Richmond, Va to cheer on the her son’s team, Virginia Commonwealth University. They enjoy spending time with their two adult sons, Jay and Will and his wife, Lauren. Sissy enjoys exercise, gardening, and watching anything sports.

Alan White has been in full-time youth ministry since 2005 and has been in his current position as the Lead Student Pastor at Mount Pisgah UMC (Johns Creek, GA) since 2009. Alan has a degree in Math Education from Lee University where he played college soccer and met his wife, Carrie. He and Carrie have two sons, Carter and Reed. Alan enjoys coaching high school soccer, hiking, and reading on his front porch.

Sean began working in youth ministry in 1997 and has served as Youth Minister in United Methodist Churches and Presbyterian Churches (USA) in Texas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee and South Carolina. He is currently the Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator at First Baptist Church in McMinnville, OR.

Sean graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX with a B.A. in Theology, and continues to learn and study in a variety of fields, including leadership, economics, theology and more.

Sean lives in McMinnville, OR with his wife, Jenn, their son Parker and daughter Sybil.

Renée got her start volunteering in youth ministry as a summer camp counselor in 2001. Over the next 10 years, one week per summer turned into regularly mentoring for a church-based after-school program, youth trip chaperoning, co-leading Bible studies at a juvenile detention center, worship leading with students, and a diverse resumé of local church involvement.
Before she began her professional career in youth ministry with First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, NC in 2011, Renée was a school psychologist for Cincinnati Public Schools. She has her B.S. from The Ohio State University in Psychology, and her Masters of Education and Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from the University of Cincinnati.
Renée currently serves as the Sr. High & College Minister for Reynoldsburg UMC in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She loves college football, being an aunt, and can sing at least one song from pretty much any broadway musical.

Betsy began working in Youth Ministry in 2001 where she served as a full time youth minister at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama.

She has served in youth ministry roles in Raleigh, NC at First Presbyterian Church, and currently in Charlotte, NC at Christ Episcopal Church. Also, she has taught high school math and science courses.
Betsy holds a B.A. from Sewanee (The University of the South) in Religious Studies and a Masters of Theological Studies from Spring Hill College.

Betsy lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Taylor, and their two daughters, Katie and Grace.

Kristina Zirschky grew up in Southern Oregon, has lived in Idaho, and New Jersey, but currently resides in Spring Hill, Tennessee 30 minutes south of Nashville.  She has earned a degree from Northwest Nazarene University (B.A.) in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Spanish and has volunteered in youth ministry for almost 10 years.

Kristina loves living in beautiful Tennessee with her two children; Evan and Anna. She enjoys swimming and biking with her kids and being an active member of Spring Hill Harmonix.