Our writing contributors, who come for various backgrounds in youth ministry: academicians, leaders of youth parachurch ministries, youth pastors, youth evangelists, and authors of youth resources and curriculum. Our contributors offer blog posts related to five youth ministry categories: (1) evangelism/missions/apologetics (2) discipleship (3) family (4) leadership and (5) culture. Understand that our contributors who are youth pastors serve in small, medium, and large sized churches. What we all have in common is our love for Jesus Christ and our love for students.
We also invite you to have a voice at the table. Each month we will pick the best blog post written by one of you related to one of the five categories mentioned above. You can send your posts to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will pick one post from the submissions I receive.
Tim McKnight has 21 years of experience in ministry. He served in youth ministry for 12 years and in the pastorate for 9 years. In addition, Dr. McKnight served as an infantry chaplain in the U.S. Army, deploying on Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom in 2001. He earned his Ph.D. in Evangelism, with additional studies in missions and church history, from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He co-founded Carolina Family Planning Centers and founded Twin Vision Consultants, a church consultation team that helps congregations become healthy and growing churches. He has also served as a disaster relief chaplain in multiple settings in recent years, including in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina.
Alvin L. Reid serves as Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been since 1995. He is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Alvin has spoken at a variety of conferences in almost every state and on four continents, including over 2000 churches, colleges, conferences and events across the United States and globally. He has written extensively on evangelism, missional Christianity, spiritual awakening, and student ministry. Alvin has a passion to equip leaders for the coming generation who will change the world for the glory of God and the sake of the gospel.
Dustin Dozier is a pastor, communicator, and a “wanna be” blogger. He and his wife, Sloan, along with their three adopted boys live outside of Greenville, South Carolina where Dustin serves as a student pastor at Taylors FBC. His passion for life change resonates through leading students, inspiring families, and investing into leaders. His desire is to pour into the next generation of leaders in such a way that the gospel of Christ penetrates the hearts of many all over the world, including their own community.
Clayton King is President of Crossroads Ministries, the Teaching Pastor at Newspring Church, and Professor of Evangelism at Anderson University. He’s the Founder of Crossroads Summer Camps and Crossroads Missions. As an evangelist, author, and missionary, he began preaching at the age of 14 and has traveled to 38 countries and 46 states. He’s written 12 books, including the re-launch of True Love Waits for Lifeway, called “TRUE LOVE PROJECT”. Clayton is passionate about seeing people far from God repent of their sin and begin a relationship with Jesus. He loves to pastor pastors and empower Christians for ministry. He also loves four-wheelers, action figures, black coffee, and his wife and two sons. For more information about Clayton and his ministries, visit him at ClaytonKing.com and CrossroadsSummerCamp.com
Prior to becoming the Director of External Relations for the College of Christian Studies and the Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University, Sam Totman enjoyed over 10 years in youth ministry in a variety of settings. Sam served as a Centrifuge leader (Union University and North Greenville University), Pastor of Students and Education at Flat Springs Baptist Church (NC), Ministry Associate at Fellowship Community Church (SC), East Pickens Baptist Church (SC). the Bridge Church. He grew up in a a family-owned sign company developing skills in design and marketing and enjoys helping ministry organizations develop their brand and web presence. He’s currently working towards his Doctor of Education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Andy Blanks is the co-founder of youthministry360.com. He is a veteran of youth ministry, spending the better part of the last two decades in para-church organizations and Christian publishing. But Andy’s most important role in youth ministry is that of a volunteer youth leader. He has taught the Bible and discipled teenagers pretty much weekly for the last 15 years. Andy is an author, speaker, and teacher who lives in Birmingham, AL with his awesome wife and their four children. Andy is an avid runner and loves just about anything involving being outdoors.
Terry Linhart is an author, strategist, and teacher who encourages and helps others be better and more effective in their ministry leadership, particularly those who work on behalf of young people around the world. He has become an experienced and credible voice in the field of Christian ministry and leadership. Terry is currently Professor of Youth Ministry and Adolescent Studies at Bethel College in South Bend, Indiana where he also chairs the Department of Religion and Philosophy. For over 25 years, he has focused on developing young leaders for vocational careers in ministry. He draws on his research expertise (Ph.D., Purdue) to consult with and support numerous national organizations. He has been recognized as one of the top 50 professors on leadership, strategy, and innovation.
Ricky Stark is Minister of Students at Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is studying Christian philosophy, world religions, and theological aesthetics. His passion is equipping this generation to know and love Jesus, to see Jesus as better than life itself and to risk everything to make Jesus known.
Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding and has been working with young people and families for over 35 years. As a result of his work with CPYU, Walt has become an internationally-recognized speaker and author on contemporary youth culture. He has written extensively on youth culture and family issues and is the author of the following books: 99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers (Group Publishing, 2010); The Space Between: A Parent’s Guide to Teenage Development (Zondervan, 2009); Opie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Where Faith, Family, and Culture Collide (Standard Publishing, August 2007); Youth Culture 101 (Zondervan, June 2007); I Want to Talk With my Teen About Movies, Music & More (Standard Publishing, September 2006); Engaging The Soul of Youth Culture: Bridging Teen Worldviews To Christian Truth (InterVarsity Press, February 2006); and the critically acclaimed Gold Medallion Award winner, Understanding Today’s Youth Culture (Tyndale House, 1994).
Brent serves as a Rural Ministry Specialist for National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) in the Great Lakes Region. Brent lives in Indiana with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! Brent’s book released by Simply Youth Ministry/Group Publishing is called (what else?) Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You’re Planted. He also blogs at MinistryPlace.net.
Kevin Patterson is the full time Associate Pastor/Minister of Youth at Spring Bayou Baptist Church in Kevil, KY. He is a youth ministry veteran with 5+ years in the trenches. He has been everything from a volunteer, bi-vocational, and full time youth pastor. He writes a little and blogs at his own blog: Life in the Youth Ministry Fishbowl. Kevin is a US Army combat veteran, married with two awesomely awkward daughters, drummer, and is currently pursuing a degree in Christian Studies.
Timothy Paul Jones
Timothy Paul Jones lives in the city of Louisville with his wife and three daughters. Over the past two decades, he has had the privilege of leading several congregations as a pastor and in associate ministry roles. Now, he serves as a professor and associate vice president at one of the largest seminaries in the world, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Here, he invests his time in mentoring a rising generation of God-called ministers of the gospel. He also edits The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry and writes books in the fields of apologetics and family ministry. He enjoys spending time with his family, meandering along city streets, visiting baseball parks, drinking French-pressed coffee, eating local foods, and cooking for friends. He serves in children’s and family ministry at the east campus of Sojourn Community Church.
Heather Campbell is a Junior High Director in Indianapolis, working with a talented and diverse team of staff and volunteers. Heather is passionate about coffee, laughing until she cries, the St. Louis Cardinals, writing, training volunteers, and her one-eyed cat, Iris. Heather has the privilege of writing on various youth ministry platforms across the interwebs, but you can find her blogging about her life in ministry over at heatherleacampbell.me. You can follow her and Iris on Twitter/Instagram @heatherlea17.
Texas native, Texas Tech Red Raider, M.Div. at Truett Seminary, husband to Ashley, father to Ava & Ben, Student Pastor at LifePoint Church in Plano, Tx, table tennis (Ping-Pong) extraordinaire, addicted to coffee. David is also the creator and author of TheYouthMinistryBlog.com.
J. Roger Davis is the President of Student Life where he has served for 15 years in Birmingham, AL. During his time serving at Student Life he has focused his attention on creating events for teenagers and kids to have a real interaction with the God that effects how they view God, themselves, the world and their opportunity to be a person of impact.
One of Student Life’s most trusted relationships is with Compassion International. Roger and the team at Student Life have seen the global impact first hand in many of the 26 countries that Compassion works in and believe it is the best global disciple-making model in the world.
He and his family sponsor three children with Compassion and one LDP who is studying at the University of Nairobi. Roger is married to Becca who was a youth minister and college minister for 12 years and they have four children.
Elle spent 7 years doing Middle School Ministry in Buffalo, NY before moving to Atlanta, GA to join the team at Orange, where she is developing resources for church leaders and small group leaders. Elle is the co-author of the book Creating a Lead Small Culture, Director of XP3 Middle School Curriculum, Lead Writer for Lead Small Weekly, and co-founder of StuffYouCanUse.org, a site for youth ministry resources. You can connect with Elle on Twitter, Facebook, or at ElleCampbell.org.
Tim Baker has worked with students since 1989. He’s the Director of Student ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church (Longview, Texas) and a professor of Biblical Studies at LeTourneau University. He’s also the editor for YouthWorker Journal, a bimonthly publication for adults who work with students. Tim lives in Longview, Texas, with his wife and their three kids.
Over the last decade, David has become a gifted communicator with the ability to connect to all age groups with his honesty, humor, and down-to-earth approach to teaching God’s Word. David serves as the National Director for I am Second Students as well as an official youth speaker/trainer on the I am Second’s Speaker’s Bureau for I Am Second. David has a heart to encourage, equip, and inspire youth workers. Under David’s leadership, I am Second Students offers training and consulting to help strengthen and encourage youth workers and their ministries by helping them establish proven evangelism strategies to #LiveSecond outside the walls of their church.
Jason married his bride, Erin, in 2003. He has 3 kids: Emma, Elijah, and Lydia. He has lived in Roxboro, NC, and served on staff at Westwood Baptist Church as Pastor of Students & Discipleship since summer of 2006. He holds a B. A. from North Greenville University (03), an M.A. from Liberty University (10) and an M.Div. from Southeastern Seminary (13). He loves spending time with his family, watching Kentucky basketball/football, teaching, and writing. His desire is to equip God’s people to become worshippers who passionately declare the worth of Jesus in all areas of life. Occasionally, he blogs at www.jasonengle.net. His twitter is @jasonengle.