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Mr. Bill has been doing student ministry since 1984 and is currently the Student Pastor at Grace Chapel in Castle Rock, Colorado. He has been married to his girlfriend Jean since 1991! They have a son, Drew (1995) and a daughter, Jessica (2000). He is a youth ministry graduate from Colorado Christian University and has been serving with Jean full-time since 1990. Mr. Bill loves to run, hike, make up games, play disc golf and talk about Jesus with everyone & anyone.
Andy McGowan has been youth pastor and director of Revolution Kenosha for over 7 years, and has worked in youth ministry for 14 years. His heart is to see this generation of middle and high school students transform this country through the power of the Gospel, by the grace of Jesus Christ. Andy is also involved with the Allies of Kenosha gospel network. He received a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University and Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Andy is married to Allison, he has one young son Elias, and a daughter on the way.
Jon is a youth pastor turned church planter who serves as the senior pastor of New Heights Church in Berea, KY. He has been in youth ministry for over 14 years and currently serves as a campus ministry coach and trainer for several schools in the area. Jon has a contagious enthusiasm for sharing the gospel and training students and adults to do the same. He has been married to Amy for 13 years and they have two children: Evan (11) and Shailynn (10). Jon loves his family deeply and they are ALL committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus together!
Nathan Smith’s history includes being a pastor’s kid, church planter’s kid, landscape designer, and now a student pastor. His passion is for training leaders to have successful youth ministries that reach people for Jesus as well as seeing student sticks with their faith after high school. He is the student pastor at Majestic View Church in Kiowa, Colorado. Nathan has served there for the last 12 years with his amazing wife (Kendra) of 13 years and their amazing 4 kids, Jonathan (11), Naomi (9), Elliot (6), & Gianna (3). He is living in a small town seeing God do big things and believes everyone can see God do big things when doing ministry like Jesus modeled it.
Jeff began his journey with Jesus at the age of 21 after he was radically saved from a life of alcoholism and vain pursuit of fame through country music. He and his wife Jodi surrendered their lives completely to Christ and became missionaries for Youth With A Mission (YWAM), serving in the nations of Turkey and Egypt. In 2006 Jeff became Youth Pastor at Mennonite Christian Assembly in Fredericksburg, OH, where he continues to equip students to reach their world with the G.O.S.P.E.L. Jeff and Jodi have five children: Taylor, Abigail, Piper, Elijah, & Eden. Jeff speaks often at camps and retreats, and also shares the message of Christ through music as the front man of the band Polen.
Chris has been married to his amazing wife Susan and have been blessed with three boys, Blake(15) Andrew(11) and Zane(6). He has served in Student Ministry for over 18 years. Chris has spoken and trained students and youth leaders at various camps, retreats, Dnows and conference settings. He’s currently the Student and Young Adults Pastor at First Baptist Church in Hiwasse, Arkansas. Chris is desperate to see revival in his schools, city, nation and world and believes that it will happen through teenagers as they are equipped and released to make Disciples of Jesus! Making Disciples has to start and end with the GOSPEL; he has experienced first-hand what God can do through a Gospel Advancing Ministry by living out the seven values within his own ministry context. He’s passionate to come alongside ministries, camps, networks, organizations, and Church’s to serve in any capacity, those wanting to become a Gospel Advancing Ministry.
This passionate and comedic husband and his wife Glory have two beautiful kids; Eli (the sports fanatic) and Jada (the animated beauty). This “church kid” rededicated his life on March 29, 1998 at Gateway Church in Williamsport, MD where he served as youth pastor for over 14 years.
In that time his service to youth have included:
– his job as a Crisis Prevention Specialist at an all boys alternative school
– youth speaking and coaching youth workers into seeing their groups become a Gospel Advancing Ministry (tyreesterling.com)
– being a certified “Life Skills Facilitator” where he speaks in schools assemblies throughout the United States (www.RockYourMic.com)
When he’s not talking to random strangers he’s fueled by Acts 1:8 with the desire to “offer students hope at their level of need.”
Joshua serves as a youth pastor at Cornerstone Community Church of Brookfield. He and his wife, Madeleine, have served there for the entirety of their marriage (8 years). Joshua grew up in Costa Rica and is bilingual, and can speak Spanish as a second language. He received his BA in youth ministry from Moody in 2008 followed by his MA in ministry leadership from Moody Theological Seminary in 2015. He is passionate about seeing students share Jesus Christ with their peers and challenging those in his life to disciple the way Jesus did. Joshua is also trying to set the example through the way he lives his life, starting at home where he loves being dad to William (5) and Clara (3).
Brian has been serving in full-time student ministry for more than 10 years. He’s currently serving as the Youth Evangelism and Missions Specialist at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Brian is passionate about evangelism and equipping students and youth leaders to biblically and effectively share the Gospel with confidence! He’s also sold on getting parents on board and involved in the discipleship of their kids. Brian has spoken at all different kinds of events, large or small, traditional and progressive… and would be privileged to have the opportunity to equip and challenge your people! Brian has a Masters Degree in Youth Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Candace have been married for 15 years and have 3 amazing kids; Mackenzie (9), Madison, (7), and Jonah (4).
Aaron experienced a profound life change when he met Jesus and was saved from a life of substance abuse. Because of this he is insanely passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and has dedicated his life to proclaim the true gospel that “Jesus Christ came to Earth to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). Aaron is an evangelist at heart and wants to see churches mobilized with the saving message that JESUS IS LORD! Aaron is the High School Pastor at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been married for 11 years to his best friend Emily and they have four Children, Alexis (10), Nehemiah (7), Annika (3), and Josiah (1). When he is not preaching the gospel, he loves to hang out with his family, get crazy watching Michigan State sports, geek out on Star Wars stuff, and dominate the world in disc golf.
Gustavo has been married to Sasha for 11 years and has two children, Dylan (8) and Nailah May (6). He is now the youth pastor at Second Union Church of San Juan, in Puerto Rico. Saved as an adult from a life of “cultural Christianity”, God has given him the gift of teaching both in English and Spanish. His favorite topic is how to share the Gospel and making disciples. He is passionate about seeing believers go, as they move from casual church-goers into disciple makers.
Bryan Risner is the Student Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Morrilton Arkansas. Bryan has been married to his high school sweetheart Pam for 13 years and have 3 children; Melody, Lindsey and Landon. Bryan has a love and appreciation for the martial arts which he is an instructor. He also enjoys camping, hunting and hiking. Bryan is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. He has served the City of Morrilton as a Police Officer for the past 12 years. Currently he serves as the School Resource Officer, at Morrilton Junior and Senior High Schools. God inspired Bryan as an 18 year old young man to take the temptations and struggles that are offered to teens and show young people that our Savior, Jesus Christ has overcome it all! Bryan’s background in law enforcement has offered an insight into the lives that many do not see. Bryan has served in youth ministry for the last 12 years. His passion to see teenagers come to salvation through Jesus Christ is contagious!
David is the Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth Ministries at The Tabernacle in Kenosha, WI. He is passionate about campus ministry and equipping students to share the gospel with their friends. He and his wife, Kellie, have served in youth ministry for more than 7 years. David has a BA in Christian Ministry from Trinity International University and previously he served as Campus Life Director for Youth For Christ. David has been a part of the Kenosha Allies network since 2009 and as a result is burdened to see local churches working together to reach their community with the gospel.
Stu met his amazing wife Janine while they were both serving in Youth For Christ Northern Ireland. They have been married for 6 years and have a wild son Ezra (2 ½) and a gentle daughter Elah (½). Stu has been serving in youth ministry for 15 years, 9 of which have been full time in both church and para-church contexts. A year and a half ago God called them away from their rainy home in Northern Ireland to serve in their new snowy home in Alberta, Canada. Stu now serves as Associate Pastor of Student Ministries at Grace Baptist Church, Calgary. He has the privilege of leading an amazing youth group towards a gospel-advancing way of life and is honoured to have spoken at youth groups, churches, retreats and camps in the North and South of Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and the US. Stu also loves milkshakes.
Mark began full time ministry in 2000 at Calvary Chapel’s Murrieta Hot Springs in California. While in Murrieta, Mark wore many hats as HVAC mechanic, maintenance administrator, pastor of the campus Spanish fellowship, radio ministry producer, Baja missions team leader, Church History professor, and volunteer prison chaplain. For the last six years Mark was the youth pastor of New Song Christian Community in Lake Elsinore, CA. and campus leader with Student Venture at a local high school. In May of this year the LePard family moved to Iredell County, North Carolina with the vision to plant a campus club on every jr. & sr high in the district. Mark has been married to his ministry partner and Spanish teacher Claudia for 23 years. Son Pablo, 20, is studying business, and Avalon, 19, is studying liberal arts and interns with her parents in youth ministry. Latin American missions and student discipleship are Mark’s passions.
Andrew has been serving as a Youth Pastor since 2010. He has been married to his wife Kat for 7 years and they have two adopted children; Desmond (16) and Christopher (7). His first five years in ministry started as a street outreach ministry called Yom6. Andrew aims at being consistent and intentional about sharing the Gospel in the streets, parks, and community with at-risk youth. He is passionate about the truth of only the Gospel will change the hearts and minds of the youth and the absolute need for discipleship to help grow and mature them in the faith. He now serves as the Youth Pastor of Victory Christian Center in Bloomington, IL and continues to train and equip the youth and spur them on to share the Gospel and make disciples.
Nate is currently the Associate Pastor at Mountain View Community Church in Fontana, California. He married his best friend and partner in ministry Kim and God blessed them with a little girl named Aly (7). He is a graduate of California Baptist University and has been doing student ministry together with Kim for the past 14 years. Nate has witnessed the Gospel transform many lives (including his own) and is passionate about introducing people to Jesus.
Brandon currently lives and serves in the San Bernardino Mountains. After being raised in SoCal, Brandon is convinced the most effective approach to Youth Ministry isn’t competing with Hollywood for students attention, it’s providing what the entertainment industry cannot provide- genuine connection, trust relationships, and an opportunity to take part in something bigger than themselves. Brandon is passionate about equipping students to reach their oikos and beyond through relational evangelism and a Jesus-centered love that cannot be faked.
Brandon loves to see students winning other students to Christ, but also deals first hand with a community and mountain culture where many students (and parents) abuse drugs and alcohol. Sound familiar? He believes the solution isn’t a great sermon series or a Snapchat worthy game, but youth leaders and teens walking alongside other teens even when they’re struggling. Brandon enjoys influencing teens and speaking at events, but is most excited about partnering behind the scenes with other Church leaders to advance the Gospel, reach lost teens, and equip teenage and adult disciple multipliers that transform families and youth ministries one teen at a time.
Do you feel stuck? Do you want to create an atmosphere where teens don’t depend on your program but depend on God? Want a G.O.S.P.E.L. advancing ministry? Let’s talk.
Keith has been on staff with McLean Bible Church since May 2008. He was the Junior High Pastor at the Tysons Corner Campus for 2.5 years before taking the position of Director of Student Ministries at the Prince William Campus where he still serves. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia International University with Youth Ministry and Bible Majors and an Outdoor Leadership Minor, as well as a Masters of Arts in Christian Leadership degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He serves on the Board of Directors for EDGE Clubs, a public school outreach parachurch organization whose mission is to “Connect students to Jesus and to the local church.” Keith also serves on the Board of Directors for The Collision Project, which aids churches in developing sustainable discipleship models in student ministry to train up the next generation of world changers. Before coming on staff at MBC, Keith served in ministry as a youth pastor in South Carolina and Virginia for a total of four years as well. Keith is married to his high school sweetheart, Caroline, and they have two rambunctious boys named Hudson and Graham.
Josh and his wife Kayla serve in ministry at Hope Christian Church in Columbia, IL. Josh became the Youth pastor in 2012, but his new life in Christ actually began at the same place in 2003 at the age of 23. God rescued him from a lifestyle of partying and selfishness. Now, he and his wife along with their children, Lydia, Judah and Titus are passionate about the good news of grace found in Jesus. Their mission is to help students to know Jesus and make Him known to their world around them. They call this focus the #4realz: Where students learn about the Real Jesus (Biblical), in context of relationships with Real People (Messy), so they can live the Real Life (Of purpose) they were created for; entrusted as ambassadors of Real Hope (the Gospel).
Daniel is the Associate Pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Washington State. He has served full time in the Youth Ministry for 7 years. His passion is the gospel and building a gospel advancing ministry where disciple makers are produced. Daniel was a person that spent his younger years running from the Lord and living life as a prodigal. It was his rock bottom moment when he was homeless in the inner city of Philadelphia that changed everything. Daniel was reached and he surrendered his life to the Lord where he passionately changed his life because of the power of the gospel. He pursued college with the mindset of jumping into ministry. He enrolled at liberty University where he received a BS in Religion, a MA in Theology, a Masters in Divinity, and is currently working on his Doctorate in Counseling. Daniel speaks at camps and has been a trainer for LTC for the past three years. Daniel is Married to his wife Samantha and has a son named Luke who is 5 months.
Luke Long, from Arlington, Washington, grew up in the outdoor playground of the Pacific Northwest pursuing skydiving, bungee jumping, snowboarding, rock climbing, cliff diving and more. However, nothing compared to the thrill of seeing a friend receive Christ as he shared with him during a mountain climb at age 16. He has now served in youth ministry for over 17 years. His passion is sharing God’s life-changing love with the world and multiplying young disciple-makers. He has a 2 year Bible Certificate, is a licensed pastor and is near the completion of his ordination with the AFLC. He and his wife, Summer, have been married for 10 years and have three boys – Asher (7), August (3) and London (<1). They enjoy leading worship and serving together at Atonement Free Lutheran Church with the teen evangelism and equipping ministry called "River".
Nick received his bachelors from Trinity International in Deerfield in 2014. He has been serving the youth ministry at Immanuel since 2010. Before becoming the Associate Pastor of Youth in 2015, Nick served as intern for five years with Immanuel and four with Youth For Christ. While interning, he had the privilege of visiting local high schools, teaching, planning events, and mentoring leaders. Nick married his wife, Hannah, in June of 2011.
DJ has served as Youth Pastor and Media/Tech Director at Morgantown Community Church (PA) since 2008. In 2010 he received his bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry from Valley Forge Christian College a few weeks before marrying his wife Stef. Today they have three children, Ava, Charis and Isaiah. Both DJ and Stef accepted Christ through youth ministries that had a gospel advancing focus and are honored to now carry that torch forward as they train others to do the same!
Ray is Pastor of Student Ministries at Heartland Community Church in Normal, Illinois (insert “normal” joke here). He is a graduate of Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. He has served in many different areas of ministry since embracing Christ at 18 years old. He has been married to his wife, Mindy, since 1991 and they have a son, Josiah (1998) and a daughter, Ashtyn (2000). He is passionate about Christ, family, relationships, scripture, making disciple makers, sports, coffee, food, especially spicy food, and people. Ray has a desire to teach others how to share their faith and loves connecting with people.
John and his wife, Tamara, live in Livermore, KY with their four children: Emily (12), Gabe (10), Annabell (8) and Ollie (2). John serves as bi-vocational youth pastor of Livermore Baptist Church and has been there since 2014. He has served with youth ministries as a volunteer for 7 years prior to that. John is dedicated to seeing students become disciples who make disciples and growing deeper in their faith along the way. John’s prayer is that we see a revival across this nation of students and is willing to do whatever it takes to see this happen.
Justin serves as youth pastor at Merrill Bible Church and Director for O.T.T.S. Garage Teen Center in Merrill, Wisconsin. He desires to see such a passion for Christ in the hearts of youth that they would treasure Him above all things and be equipped to share Him with all people. Justin is a youth ministry graduate of Northwestern College (now the University of Northwestern St. Paul). He and his wife, Amy, have 3 children – Cody, Sophia, and Jonathan. He enjoys distance running, buffalo wings, and Chicago professional sports.