Ryan Gackenheimer

Silver Lake Conference Center

The Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer joined Silver Lake in 2016, coming from more than seven years of ministry as Associate Pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC of Essex, Vermont. As a young camper in Indiana Ryan found a passion for the life transforming ministry that happens at camp. He has prior camp experience in Indiana, Vermont, and Idaho, and has served on the Board of the UCC’s Outdoor Ministry Association and is currently the OMA Chaplain. A graduate of DePauw University and Eden Theological Seminary, he and his wife, Rev. Abby, have a young son, Keadyn.

Three teens sitting with arms around each other Developing Trusted Relationships and Nurturing Communities

Leading theologians and pastors explore the importance of creating an environment where youth can develop trusted relationships with peers and adults, and the value of nurturing communities.

Group of teens framing a wall on a construction site Leading Transformative Service Days and Mission Trips

Leading theologians and pastors present a model for mission trips and offer practical advice on how to lead service days and mission trips that are truly transformative.

Dismantling Racism with Youth

Leading theologians and pastors explore the importance of addressing race and racism as part of ministry to youth.

Four girls circled in prayer with their arms around each other Cultivating Student Leadership

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

Silhouette of a girl sitting in meditation Spiritual Practices in Youth Ministry

Theologians, philosophers, and pastors examine the effects that habitual practices have on our lives and discuss the importance of prayer and spiritual practices as habits that orient us towards God. Various spiritual practices are explained, taught, and offered as potential ways to engage adolescents in experiential prayer.

Yale Youth Ministry Institute