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Cultivating Student Leadership

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This course explores the benefits and importance of providing leadership opportunities to students and empowering young people to take ownership of their youth programs.

Mike Park Mike Park

Rev. Mike Park is pastor at Hope West Side Church in New York City. Previously, Mike served on the pastoral staff at Hope Midtown and has been in pastoral ministry for 15 years. A SoCal native, Mike has a B.A. in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and a M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. His passion is to see generations transformed through an encounter with Jesus and the power of the gospel. Mike is married to his amazing wife, Jeanne, and they live on the Upper West Side with their daughter, Jordyn.

Dr. Evelyn Parker Evelyn Parker

Dr. Evelyn Parker is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Practical Theology at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Janice McLean-Farrell Janice A. McLean Farrell

Janice A. McLean-Farrell is a faculty member and coordinator of the Global New York Church Project at City Seminary of New York, USA. She is co-editor of Understanding World Christianity (2011) and Engaging the World (2014).

Rev. Skip Masback headshot Skip Masback

Skip Masback is the Founding Director of the Yale Youth Ministry Institute and the former Associate Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He came to Yale after serving for 19 years at The Congregational Church of New Canaan. Skip retired from Yale in December 2018 and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for Continuing Education at Yale Divinity School.

In addition to the customary responsibilities of preaching, teaching and pastoral care, Skip’s ministry has always included substantial emphasis on deepening and broadening youth ministries both in the church and beyond. He has lectured and consulted on youth ministry issues in denominational settings and at Yale Divinity School, where he serves on the school’s Dean’s Advisory Council and the school’s Ministerial Studies Committee Working with Dean Harry Attridge, Skip developed the Yale Divinity School Bible Study program for local churches. He has contributed essays on preaching texts from Paul’s Letter to the Romans for publication in Feasting on the Word, Volume XI.

Skip came to the ministry after practicing law for fourteen years. He graduated from Williams College and Columbia Law School before joining the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson in 1976. His national litigation practice included representing major corporate clients and public interest clients such as the National Wildlife Federation, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the Democratic National Committee. Skip helped start the National Endowment for Democracy in 1983 and was the founding general counsel for the Commission on Presidential Debates. Skip founded the Legal Services Board for the Whitman Walker Clinic and started a legal services clinic there for people living with HIV/AIDS. After resigning from Hogan & Hartson in 1983, Skip and colleagues founded the firm of Ross, Dixon & Masback, a firm which grew to include 115 lawyers in four cities across the country.

Skip left the practice of law in 1991 to enter Yale Divinity School, graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree in 1994. While at Yale, he was the founding chair and president of “I Have a Dream,” New Haven, Inc., an after school enrichment program. Skip and his wife, Amy, have three children, Owen, Katrina and Elisabeth.

Jorge Gonzalez Jorge Gonzalez

Pastor Jorge Gonzalez is one of the Founders and Directors of Power House Youth Ministries.

Aracelis Vazquez Haye Aracelis Vazquez Haye

Rev. Aracelis Vázquez Haye serves as the Associate Pastor at Church of the City, New London. Her passion and commitment to urban children and youth advocacy, education, social justice, and worship embodies her holistic approach to ministry.

Rev. Haye received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University (B.A., 2001) and has earned graduate degrees from Loyola University of Chicago (M.Ed., 2003), and Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 2012).

Outside of Rev. Haye role at Church of the City, she also serves as the Protestant Chaplain at Connecticut College and at The Waterford Country School. She is also a member of the New London Public Schools Board of Education.

Rev. Haye is married to her beloved husband, Kenyon Haye. They are the proud parents of Kaylani Anaya.

Dr. Chap Clark headshot Chap Clark

Chap Clark (PhD, University of Denver) is professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Seminary, President of ParenTeen, Inc., and co-interim preaching pastor at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. Chap is also chair of Christian Discipleship department. Formerly the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal, an administrative and senior pastor, a Sojourner contributing writer and “Red Letter Communicator,” and currently president of ParenTeen™, he’s also a speaker, trainer, consultant, as well as the author or co-author of 24 books, including the award-winning Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers, Sticky Faith, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith and the forthcoming Practicing Adoptive Youth Ministry. Before teaching, Chap was on Young Life staff for 15 years as an area and regional director and training director; and for the last 25 years while a seminary professor, Chap has served as a consulting producer for a reality television production company. Chap and Dee have three grown children, one grandchild (and another on the way) and mostly live in Gig Harbor, WA.

Rev. Canon Chris Russell Chris Russell

Rev. Canon Chris Russell was schooled at a comprehensive school in Nottingham and after spending a year working at a church on a council estate in Birkenhead, went to Durham university where he did an undergraduate degree in Theology [1988-91]. He then went to work for Paul Boateng MP as a researcher [1991-93]. In 1993, he went to theological College to train for the Ordained Ministry at Ridley Hall. Whilst there he did an M Phil in Dogmatic Theology at Cambridge University. In 1996, he was ordained and served his title post at St Johns with Holy Trinity Deptford [Southwark]. Chris married Belinda in 1998. On the way to Reading, he served on staff at Soul Survivor Watford for a year, and in 2001 became vicar of St Laurence Reading. The church is in the centre of town and they began to work to the mandate of being a multi-generational community with a particular mission amongst young people. Chris’ First book, Ten Letters was published by DLT in 2012 and in July 2013, Chris was surprised, honoured and thrilled to be invited by Justin to serve him in this role as Adviser on Evangelism and Witness at Lambeth Palace. Chris & Belinda have three daughters [Hope, Jessie & Dora] and a very scruffy dog [Bernie]. He enjoys growing things [vegetables], chopping things [wood], listening to things [Dylan, Springsteen, Cash] and eating and drinking things in good company.

Nyle Fort Nyle Fort

Nyle Fort is a minister, organizer, and scholar based in Newark, NJ. He received a BA in English from Morehouse College and a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Nyle has worked in the fields of education, criminal justice, and youth development for nearly a decade in various capacities including Youth Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, American Friends field worker at the Union County Juvenile Detention Center, and International Fellow at the St. Andrew Centre for Human Development in Southern India.

An activist committed to global transformative justice, Nyle brings his national experience and international lens to his local work. He recently travelled to Ferguson, Missouri to help build the Movement for Black Lives. Upon his return home, Nyle created 7 Last Words: Strange Fruit Speaks, a liturgy commemorating the last words of black people killed by police and vigilantes. In addition, he established Newark Books and Breakfast, a monthly program providing free books and breakfast to local youth and families. Most recently, Nyle travelled to Amsterdam, historic Palestine, and the Vatican in the effort to build solidarity across social movements.

In addition to his organizing work, Nyle has spoken at various academic, cultural, and religious institutions including Harvard University, University of Amsterdam, the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Center (former Audubon Ballroom), and the Riverside Church. His writings are featured in several academic presses including Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy and Socialism and Democracy as well as various popular media outlets including The Guardian, The Nation, and The Root – where he made its 2015 100 list alongside Kendrick Lamar and Ta-nehisi Coates. Nyle is currently a Ph.D student in Religion and African American studies at Princeton University and a Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellow.

Dr. Alemda Wright Almeda M. Wright

Professor Wright’s research focuses on African American religion, adolescent spiritual development, and the intersections of religion and public life. Prior to her arrival at Yale, she served for four years as assistant professor of religion and youth ministry at Pfeiffer University and, before that, from 2004 to 2009, was an adjunct faculty member and teaching assistant at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. At Candler, she also served as program director of the Wisdom of Youth Project for one year and in various positions over four years with the Youth Theological Initiative. She has served as a consultant to the Women’s Theological Center in Boston and has taught at several schools in the Greater Boston area, including Shady Hill School, the Young Achievers Science and Math Academy, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Open School. Professor Wright’s publications include a book she coedited with Mary Elizabeth Moore, Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World, and an issue of Practical Matters Journal that she edited. She has given presentations at a number of conferences, including the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, and delivered the keynote address at the Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity conference in Washington, D.C., in May 2012. Professor Wright is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches and has been on the ministerial staff of several churches, including Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Victory for the World United Church of Christ in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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