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Integrating Youth Ministry into the Wider Congregation

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This course explores the place of youth ministry within the congregation and how the church can better thrive when youth ministry is woven into its greater mission. Theologians and pastors offer advice on how to bring together different generations through worship, service, and preaching in ways that are beneficial for youth and adults alike.

Mark DeVries Mark DeVries

Rev. Mark DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects and oversees the youth ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. His books include Sustainable Youth Ministry and Family-Based Youth Ministry.

Rev. Keith King Keith King

Reverend Keith A. King was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan and is the youngest of seven children. He graduated from Howard University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in international business; he received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and a Masters in Theology from Andover Newton Theological School. Upon completion of law school, he immediately entered the United States Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate General (“JAG”). While serving as a JAG officer, he was awarded a Naval Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Navy for his professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties. He ended his active duty service with an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain. As an attorney he is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Reverend King has been blessed by a dual path of accomplishment both vocationally and professionally. Vocationally, Reverend King accepted his calling to ministry in 1992 and was ordained in 1996 at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Saginaw, MI. After accepting the call into the ministry, while stationed at the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, CA, Reverend King and a small group of ministers were led by God to start a chapel service on the military base. They were given unprecedented authority to preach, teach and structure the Sunday and Friday night worship services. The result was astounding, as the services grew to one of the largest in the community. Reverend King’s desert experience prepared him for his next steps in ministry centered on God’s Word and true Christian fellowship in the church.

In 2004, Reverend King assumed his current role as the third pastor of Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church (“CTBC”) in Hamden, CT. Under Pastor King’s leadership, in cooperation with church leadership, associate ministers and the membership, CTBC continues to steadily grow. During Pastor King’s tenure the ministry has been centered on the church becoming unified through the “We Are One Ministry”, which establishes a system of care designed to keep members connected. Through this ministry the entire church membership is divided among twelve groups, symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the groups strive to efficiently and consistently bear one another’s burdens and celebrate one another’s joys through activities and fellowship. Under Pastor King’s guidance, by the power of the Holy Spirit there has been substantial growth in membership and development at CTBC. Rev. King and his wife have been married for over 25 years, and are the proud parents of three children.

Dr. Anne Wimberly Anne E. Streaty Wimberly

Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly is Professor Emerita of Christian Education at the Interdenominational Theological Center and Executive Director of the Youth Hope-Builders Academy, a youth theology program funded by the Lilly Endowment. Her publications include In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church and Soul Stories: African American Christian Education.

Rev. Lillian Daniel Lillian Daniel

Rev. Lillian Daniel is a preacher, teacher and writer in Iowa. While she has taught preaching at a number of schools, including Chicago Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School, she can’t be held responsible for everyone who falls asleep in church. ​Her new book, Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don’t Belong To is generating international conversation about the changing religious landscape. ​It continues the theme of her 2013 book When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Is Not Enough about the growing number of people who claim “none” as their religious preference.

Lillian Daniel has spoken at the National Cathedral, Duke Chapel, Kings College, London and Queen’s College, Ontario, but on Sundays you can find her preaching at First Congregational Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tom Troeger Thomas H. Troeger

Thomas H. Troeger is the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication at Yale Divinity School. Professor Troeger has written twenty books in the fields of preaching, poetry, hymnody and worship, is a frequent contributor to journals dedicated to these topics, and is a monthly columnist for Lectionary Homiletics and The American Organist. His most recent books include Wonder Reborn: Preaching on Hymns, Music and Poetry; God, You Made All Things for Singing: Hymn texts, anthems, and poems for a new millennium; So that All Might Know: Preaching that Engages the Whole Congregation (with Edward Everding); Preaching While the Church Is Under Reconstruction; Above the Moon Earth Rises: Hymn Texts, Anthems and Poems for a New Creation.

He is also a flutist and a poet whose work appears in the hymnals of most denominations and is frequently set as choral anthems. For three years Professor Troeger hosted the Season of Worship broadcast for Cokesbury, and he has led conferences and lectureships in worship and preaching throughout North America, as well as in Denmark, Holland, Australia, Japan, and Africa. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1970 and in the Episcopal Church in 1999, he is dually aligned with both traditions. He has served as national chaplain to the American Guild of Organists and is a former president of the Academy of Homiletics (the North American guild of scholars in homiletics) and the immediate past president of Societas Homiletica (the international guild of scholars in homiletics). He was awarded an honorary D.D. degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. Professor Troeger is a fellow of Silliman College.

Roland Martinson Roland Martinson

Roland Martinson came to Luther Seminary in 1977 and has held numerous academic and leadership roles. Now Professor Emeritus, he most recently served for five years as Luther Seminary’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean. He was ordained in 1968. “Rollie” was the project director of the landmark Exemplary Youth Ministry Study and a participant the Search Institute’s original “Effectiveness of Christian Education” study. His works include: The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry (2010); OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook (2010); Coming of Age (2006); Gearing Up for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century (1992); Effective Youth Ministry, A Congregational Approach (1988); Bringing Up Your Child and Ministries with Families (1986); and A Joyful Call to Ministry (1982). He serves on the Board of Directors for Vibrant Faith. Rollie lives with his wife in New Brighton, MN.

Dr. Frederick Edie Frederick Edie

Fred Edie grew up on the Isle of Hope just east of Savannah, Ga. He holds a B.A. degree from Furman University, an M.Div. from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. Edie is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served congregations on both coasts in youth and educational ministries. At Duke Divinity School, Edie teaches courses in Christian Education, youth ministry, and practical theology. His research interests include exploring the relationships between Christian Worship and Christian identity, creating rich contexts for the formation of Christians, and constructing “full-bodied” epistemologies.

Edie’s book, Book, Bath, Table and Time, explores what goes on at Duke Youth Academy and, in particular, suggests how congregational youth ministries may benefit from attention to corporate worship as a crucial zone of formation for youth.

Edie is married and a parent to two teenagers. He professes something of an addiction to cycling.

Dr. Rodger Nishioka Rodger Nishioka

Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka became the director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church in March of 2016. He is also serving as senior associate. Born in Honolulu and raised in Seattle at the Japanese Presbyterian Church, Rodger is the son of a retired Presbyterian minister. He is one of the most sought-after and inspiring preachers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Previously, Rodger taught at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta for 15 years. In that ministry, he taught pastors to be teachers and leaders in the church’s educational ministry, specializing in particular on youth and young adult ministry. On June 5, 2018, Heartland Presbyter approved him for ordination and installation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the Village on Mission Sanctuary.

Prior to teaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, Rodger was the national coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1986-1999) and taught English and Social Sciences at Curtis Junior High School (1983-1986). Rodger received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from Georgia State University. He earned his Master of Arts in Theological Studies with an emphasis in biblical studies and theology) from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with Minor in History and a Teaching Certificate for Secondary Education (Grades 6-12).

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