1) What is Your Name?
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2) How old are you?
36

3) Tell us a little about your family?
I am married to my lovely wife Lisa, and I have 2 children, Sarah Elizabeth 4, and Ethan Michael 2

4) What is the Name of Your Church?
Mill Creek Community Church in Shawnee, Kansas

5) Does your Youth Ministry have a name?  If so, what is it?
The Refuge (site coming soon)

6) What is your role in the ministry?
Full Time Pastor to Youth.

7) How long have you been at your present church?
3 years as of April, 2004.

8) How long have you been in Youth Ministry all together?
14 years.

9) What is your greatest passion in Youth Ministry?
To see students come a real knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and to see them capable and willing to share it.

10) What would you say is your "life verse"?
Titus 2:1-8 (with a focus on verse 1).

11) What is your passion in life?
My family!

12) Share one ministry highlight for you?
Our youth ministry values taking Missions trips on a regular basis. These trips become transformational ministry as we see students changed and excited to serve.

13) Share one ministry lowlight for you?
Lock-ins! They are great evangelistic/cat herding events.

14) What have you done in your ministry that has had the greatest impact on students?
An active trip ministry. Giving students an opportunity to go to Centrifuge, or to serve as short term missionaries is a delight.

15) What is something in ministry that you would warn others to NEVER do?
Don’t be a showboat, fish eating, spotlight grabbing youth pastor. You won’t last!

16) In a sentence or two, what is your definition of a "successful youth ministry"?
Ministry that is focused on sound Bible study, church/parental involvement, sincere fellowship and good relationship to peer, parents, and God.

17) In your opinion what are some of the biggest needs of teens today?
They need people to come along side them and give them answers they need.

18) What advice would you give the teens of today?
Remember, your youth group experience is up to you! If you have a good attitude, you will have a great time, a bad attitude, you will be miserable.

19) If you could tell parents ONE thing, what would it be?
Get to know your Youth Pastor, give him the benefit of the doubt and serve with him to serve students!

20) What book(s) are you presently reading?
“So what’s the Difference” by Fritz Ridenour and “Hard Questions, Real Answers” by W.L Craig

21) What would be the top 3 books you would recommend?
1) “When Skeptics Ask” by Norm Giesler
2) “Purpose Driven Youth Minister” by Doug Fields
3) “Intro to youth ministry” by Wes Black

22) What two movies would you most recommend to other youth workers?
1) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (all your kids have seen it)
2) Signs (lots of good clips about the faith in it!)

23) Who is your favorite musician/music group?
DC TALK (old-school)

24) Who has been the biggest influence on you in youth ministry?
Teachers at school.

25) What direction would you like to see your ministry move toward?
I would like to see us more enfolding to new students, and more focused toward personal evangelism.

26) What is the most significant thing God has taught you since being in Youth Ministry?
You can’t be a kid and pastor students.

27) Youth ministry involves a lot of doing and giving to others.  What do you do in order to get fed and encouraged?
Listening to our senior pastor, read and pray.

28) If you could have done three things differently when you were a teenager yourself, what would they have been?
Been involved in our youth group.

29) What would you say are three to five MUST-HAVE resources for every youth worker?
1) A good organizer
2) No committees
3) A good support and prayer team.

30) Have you contributed anything to the YM Exchange on Pastor2youth.com?
No, sorry!

31) How could we pray for you and your ministry?
Pray that I can keep up, and will always put my family first!

32) Would you be willing to share a picture of you and/or your group with us?

This is a picture of our annual banquet picture from 2004. Click Here to view the full-sized picture.

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