Training Modules

Sabbath Rest

Nathan Stucky
David Rahn
Ebonie Davis
Jannah Scott
Sanghoon Yoo
Laurie Santos
Finding a Grit Fit

Leading theologians and youth practitioners explore the importance of sabbath-keeping for both youth and youth workers.


Nathan Stucky Nathan Stucky

Nathan Stucky, MDiv ’10, PhD ’13, serves as director of The Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. He grew up on a farm in Kansas where his love for Christian faith and agriculture first took root. After earning a BA in music from Bethel College (Kansas), Nathan spent six years doing ecumenical youth ministry on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and two years farming back in Kansas. After farming, Nathan earned an MDiv and a PhD (practical theology, Christian education and formation) from Princeton Theological Seminary. His scholarship explores the integration of theological education and agrarianism, and he sees the Farminary as a locus for enacting that integration. Ordained in the Mennonite Church (USA), Stucky engages Farminary work as integral to his calling to teaching ministry. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three children.

David Rahn Dave Rahn

Dave Rahn is a youth ministry researcher, author, futurist and missional leadership strategist. After beginning his ministry with Fort Wayne Area YFC in 1972, he joined the faculty of Huntington University in 1985 and served there full-time for 22 years before rejoining the mission of Youth for Christ/USA in 2007. In his current capacity he leverages his influence as founder of the Symmetry Series™ – a mixed method tribe-building strategy – to advocate for the surprising contributions to be made by young, urban, indigenous leaders who have overcome considerable adversity through their faith in Christ. His passion is to invigorate Jesus’ Church with kids who have a story to tell.

Rahn holds a B.A. from Huntington College, an M.A. from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He has published more than 100 articles, essays and books. Most recently he has served as general editor for two Tyndale projects: Three Story Bible (available in October 2015) and The Life, a Gospel of John bible-zine released in August 2014. He also recently published an e-book, Symmetry: Fixing Broken Patterns for Kids in Crisis (2014), available as a free download. Rahn has led numerous research projects related to how students influence their peers in matters of faith; in 2011 he studied the factors that most significantly influenced urban indigenous ministry leaders during their formative teenage years. He is currently an advisor of national research initiatives for Fuller Youth Institute and the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.

A past president of the North American Professors of Christian Education, Rahn is also a founding member of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. He and his wife of 39 years, Susie, live in Middlebury, Indiana and enjoy their three grandchildren very much.

Ebonie Davis Ebonie Davis

Ebonie Davis has served as the Associate Pastor of Youth at Trinity Baptist Church in Waldorf, MD for ten years. She conducted the most recent national multi-city study of youth ministries known for racially diverse ministry, and holds a Master’s degree from Huntington University in Youth Ministry Leadership.

Jannah Scott Jannah Scott

Jannah Scott is a Strategist, Planner, Advisor, Public Policy Expert, who has served in many capacities with faith, government, business and the nonprofit community.

For eight years, Jannah served in President Obama’s administration as Deputy Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In that role, Jannah guided the engagement of faith-based and community groups on issues of resilience integration, emergency preparedness and response; countering violent extremism; religious accommodations in homeland security; H1N1 and other issues within Homeland Security. 

Her most recent endeavors included an assessment and engagement process in cities across the nation to promote the affiliation of diverse faith-based & community groups with local police, fire and emergency management agencies (Building Resilience with Diverse Communities).

Jannah also helped groups get connected with President Obama’s White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the other federal centers for faith-based and community initiatives. She also served as the Policy Advisor on Faith and Community Initiatives to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, where she represented the Governor with community investment coalitions, faith leaders, cities and counties to establish local initiatives aimed at serving in international missions and among the poorest and most vulnerable citizens of that state. 

As part of her international work, Jannah has been an Arizona delegate on several faith and civil society exchange journeys with Arizona government and business leaders. She also hosted, with the Bush White House, the first-ever jointly –sponsored faith-based and community convening, bringing together over 2,000 faith and community leaders, elected officials and philanthropy organizations to seek solutions to common problems.

Jannah is an associate with the International Foundation and a host to the annual National Prayer Breakfast. 

She has a graduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Public Health Planning and Policy, and an honorary Doctorate of Theology from the Gateway International Bible College in Phoenix, Arizona. Jannah has five children and ten grandchildren.

Sanghoon Yoo Sanghoon Yoo

Pastor Sanghoon Yoo, the founder of The Faithful City (TFC), has led ministries and social services at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Phoenix metropolitan area over two decades. He holds Master’s degrees in Social Work (MSW) and in theology (MDiv). He launched “Arizona Trauma Informed Faith Community (AZTIFC),” collaborating with Arizona ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Consortium that he is serving as a board member. He organizes a statewide conference and mobilizes trauma informed community movement, working with many organizations from diverse sectors.

With Arizona ACEs Consortium, he contributed to the authorship of training modules for opioid and substance use prevention and creating statewide standardized ACEs training of trainers modules. Serving South Mountain WORKS Coalition in Phoenix as vice-chair, he has been training schools and their districts to build a trauma informed school system for the youth, raising resilient servant leaders and forming a safe and healthy living community.

Laurie Santos Laurie Santos

Dr. Laurie Renee Santos is a cognitive scientist and Professor of Psychology at Yale University. She is also Director of Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory, Director of Yale’s Canine Cognition Lab, Head of Yale’s Silliman College, and she is also the host of “The Happiness Lab” podcast. Her course, “The Science of Well Being” is the most popular in Yale’s history.

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