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Youth Ministry preparation at Evangel University is an integral part of both the university and the church. Evangel is the institutional training arm of the General Council of the Assemblies of God that exists to support the mission of the church which includes ministry to teenagers.
In fact, Jesus was likely the first youth pastor! Exodus 30:13-14 stated that all males 20 years of age and older were required to pay the half-shekel temple tax. In Matthew 17:24-27 we read that Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum and both Jesus and Peter had to pay the temple tax. We know that Jesus was in His 30's and that Peter was married and had to have been at least 20 years of age to be required to pay the temple tax. For the other disciples, their schooling had ended at age 15 and they were of the age to learn their family trade. A Jewish male typically married between the ages of 16-18 with 18 being the more preferable age. Some scholars say that it was likely that the other disciples were between the ages of 15-18 as they were unmarried and not required to pay the temple tax!
In 1985 Central Bible College (now Evangel University) added a Youth Ministries Concentration to the Biblical Education major and also added Youth Ministries as a minor. As students increasingly chose the Youth Ministry Concentration, Youth Ministry became a stand-alone major in 1988. By the time Central Bible College consolidated with Evangel, Youth Ministry was the 2nd largest major on campus. In 2013 when CBC became Evangel, the program continued to grow as students who were at Evangel which did not have a Youth Ministries program but felt the call of God to prepare for youth ministry now had that choice. Today, students who major and concentrate in Youth Ministry comprise half of the students enrolled in the Church Ministries Department.
There is a tremendous need for ministry to teenagers today as they are ripe for having the seed of the Gospel planted in their hearts and harvested through salvation. Jesus started the church through discipling a handful of teenagers. Come join the journey that Jesus started through ministry to teenagers if He is calling you!
Title: Assistant Professor of Youth Ministries
Office: Trask 214H
M.A. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
B.A. Central Bible College
Licensed (1994) and Ordained (1997-present) Minister with the Louisiana District Council of the Assemblies of God
Secretary on the Board of Overseers for Venture Church of Redmond, WA
Vice-President on the board of Network Ministries, Inc.
Teach all youth ministries courses
Advise all youth ministry major, minor, and concentration students
Co-coordinate student-led School of Theology and Church Ministries chapel
International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (IASYM), 2009-2013
Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-1), 2007-2009
Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (IACURH), 2007-2009
Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD), 2004-2009
CHMN 203 Strategic Youth Ministry
CHMN 471 Adolescent Ethnography
CHMN 333 Youth Discipleship
CHMN 393 Youth Evangelism
CHMN 323 Youth In Ministry
CHMN 412 Youth Ministry Leadership Capstone
CHMN 471 Creative Storytelling Evangelism
“The Skinny on Skinny Jeans." Momentum Magazine (2012). www.momentum.ag.org/magazine
“Programs vs. Apps.” Momentum Magazine (2012). www.momentum.ag.org/magazine
“Youth Are Not the Church of Tomorrow.” Momentum Magazine (2013). www.momentum.ag.org/magazine
Started Work: 2004-2007; 2009-present
Served full-time as youth and associate pastor for seven years;
three years with an evangelism literature organization;
four years as a college resident director;
two years as Associate Director of Residence Life;
seven years as a college professor
Personal Page: http://www.evangel.edu/programs/youth-ministries/