Joy and Beauty as Foundations for Youth Ministry

Dr. David White David White

David White is the C. Ellis and Nancy Gribble Nelson Professor of Christian Education and Professor in Methodist Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. His recent publications include Dreamcare: A Theology of Youth, Spirit, and Vocation and Awakening Youth Discipleship in a Consumer Culture, as well as a number of journal articles.

Rev. John Leedy John Leedy

Rev. John Leedy was raised in Houston, Texas and has been a life long Presbyterian. His calling into ministry began when he was a high school student and has since dedicated his life and work helping students understand their place in God’s world. John graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry and after marrying his wife, Krystal, in 2006, moved to Austin and completed a Master’s of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2011. John was ordained and installed as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry at University Presbyterian Church (UPC) in December of 2011. John cares passionately about Christian education, worship and liturgical ministry, and the ancient spiritual disciplines – especially walking the Labyrinth. When he is not up at UPC hanging out with youth, he enjoys camping, playing the bagpipes, traveling the world, and spending time with his wife and daughter Lorelai.