Rooted’s board of advisors (aka steering committee) works to promote the organization’s mission and vision by directing the communications, programs and activities. Committee members meet monthly to pray, discuss and decide upon the conference themes, speakers, locations, etc. They also lead and recruit the organization’s volunteer teams. The committee is comprised of youth ministry practitioners and includes:
Board of Advisors
Liz Edrington served as a youth minister for six years in Charlottesville, VA before heading to Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL to get her Masters in Counseling. She is currently on staff at North Shore Fellowship and is the Assistant Director of the Fellows Program in Chattanooga, TN. She is also a counselor at Summit Counseling Center. She has served on the Rooted Steering Committee since 2010 and authored a chapter in Gospel Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide.
Mark Howard was a youth pastor for five years before joining Elam Ministries, an organization that seeks to strengthen and expand the church in Iran and surrounding areas. Through Elam, he’s had the opportunity to work with Iranian youth as well as talk with American churches about God’s work in Iran. Mark has his M.A. in Theological Studies from Wheaton College Graduate School and serves on Rooted’s steering committee.
Mike McGarry has served as the Pastor of Youth & Families at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Norfolk, MA since 2005. He married his best friend Tracy and they have two crazy kids at home. Mike received his M.Div. and D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and wrote his doctoral thesis on “Youth Ministry as Bridge Between Church & Home.” He is a lifelong New Englander and loves Patriots football, strong coffee, and good theology. He blogs at www.crosswalking.net.