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Scott Sauls

Scott Sauls

In March 2012, Scott began serving as the Senior Minister of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Patti and two daughters, Abby and Ellie. Previously, Scott was a lead and preaching pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he worked alongside Dr. Timothy Keller. He has also planted churches in Kansas City and St. Louis, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, leadership retreats, and to university students.

Scott has authored two books: Jesus Outside the Lines and Befriend. Scott also writes weekly on his blog at scottsauls.com.

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin is a wife, mom to four great kids, and an advocate for women to love God with their minds through the faithful study of his Word. She writes, speaks, and teaches women the Bible. She lives in Flower Mound, Texas, and her family calls The Village Church home. Jen is the author of None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) (Crossway, 2016) and Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds (Crossway, 2014). You can find her at jenwilkin.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter.

Dr. Walt Mueller

Dr. Walt Mueller

Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, a non-profit organization serving schools, churches, and community organizations across the U.S, Canada, and worldwide in their efforts to strengthen families by helping those who know and love children and teens to understand today’s rapidly changing youth culture.

Walt has been working with young people and families for over 35 years. He has appeared on numerous media outlets internationally to discuss teenagers and their world. He writes on youth culture and family issues and is the author of nine books, is a regular contributor to a variety of magazines and journals, and is a blogger. Walt’s commentary and analysis on youth culture is heard on 870 radio stations across North America on CPYU’s daily radio program, Youth Culture Today.

Walt’s educational background includes research and studies in the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, theology, and postmodern generations.

Walt and his wife Lisa live in Elizabethtown – the home base of CPYU – and they have four grown children and brand new twin grandchildren.

Walt wants people to know that his greatest joys have come as a dad. He is not an expert on any of these issues, but rather sees himself as a fellow struggler with other parents and grandparents who are endeavoring to understand the world of kids in order to provide solid guidance and direction in the midst of a very confusing world.

Julius Kim

Julius Kim

Dr. Julius J. Kim is the Dean of Students and Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, where he teaches courses in homiletics, cross-cultural missions, and the history of preaching. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as an Associate Pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA.

He is the author of several books and articles, including a new preaching textbook from Zondervan/Harper-Collins entitled, Preaching the Whole Counsel of God: Design and Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons. He has also contributed to several study Bibles, including the Gospel Transformation Bible from Crossway Publishing.

Jason Cook

Jason Cook

Jason Cook is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, focusing on pastoral ministry and integrating faith and work. He is associate pastor of preaching at Fellowship Memphis. He earned his MDiv from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he helped to build Iron City Church, a multi-ethnic ministry in one of America’s most segregated cities. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship. He is married to Courtney, and they have two children, Charlie and Cager.

 

Mark Upton

Mark Upton

Mark was born and raised in Clinton, Mississippi; attended high school in Dunwoody, Georgia; and went to college at Wake Forest University. After graduating from college, he stayed in North Carolina. He has lived in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte. In 1994 he met and married Holly Love Hillsman. In 1997, Laurel Love joined their family, and in 1999 Charles “Davis” was born.

After spending eight years as a youth minister and Young Life volunteer, the Uptons moved to Charlotte in 1998 to complete Mark’s seminary training. In 2000, Mark was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He served as Pastor of Missions and Evangelism at Uptown Christ Covenant from 2000-2002. In 2002, Uptown called him to pastor Hope Community Church.

Cameron Cole

Cameron Cole

Cameron has a B.A. in Latin and English and an M.A. in Education, all from Wake Forest; and he is currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the founding chairman of Rooted Ministry and the co-editor of “Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practice Guide” (Crossway, 2016). He has been the Director of Youth Ministries at the Cathedral Church of the Advent since December of 2005, and in January of 2016 his duties expanded to include Children, Youth, and Families.

Dave Wright

Dave Wright

Dave is the Coordinator for Youth Ministries in the Diocese of South Carolina (Anglican) where he trains, mentors, and consults with youth ministers and churches seeking to develop youth ministry. Having been in full time youth ministry for 30 years, he previously served in churches in Cheshire, England and in the Chicago suburbs. Dave is married to Jane, a middle school teacher, and together they raised 3 children who are now young adults.

Sharon Hersh

Sharon Hersh

Sharon Hersh is a Licensed Professional Counselor, author, and speaker.  She is the author of the best-selling Bravehearts: Unlocking the Key to Love With Abandon as well as the critically acclaimed The Last Addiction: Why Self-Help is Not Enough.  Sharon has written several parenting books including Mom! Sex is NO Big Deal!  Sharon is an adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in graduate counseling classes.  She lives in Lone Tree, Colorado.

Gordon Bals

Gordon Bals

Dr. Gordon Bals founded Daymark Pastoral Counseling in 1997. He counsels in a variety of areas but especially focuses on marital difficulties, grief (loss a loved one), trauma (unexpected life transition, raising a special needs child, serious injury or job loss) and religious or spiritual issues (those who are having a hard time integrating their faith into everyday life). Gordon is also an adjunct professor at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL. Prior to founding Daymark Pastoral Counseling, Gordon worked as an adolescent and family counselor and as an Assistant Pastor at a local church. Gordon has been married since 1990 and has three daughters.

Zac Hicks

Zac Hicks

Zac Hicks (D.Min. candidate, Knox Theological Seminary; M.Div., Denver Seminary; B.A., Biola University) is Canon for Worship & Liturgy at Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, AL), blogger at zachicks.com, and author of The Worship Pastor (Zondervan, 2016). He grew up in Hawaii, studied music in Los Angeles, trained in Philosophy and Biblical Studies at Denver Seminary, and his current doctoral work is in the theology and worship of the English Reformation. Zac’s passions include exploring the intersection of old and new in worship and thinking through the pastoral dimensions of worship leading. He is a songwriter, having recorded seven albums to date. Zac has contributed articles and posts to Worship Leader Magazine, Reformed Worship, The Gospel Coalition, and Doxology & Theology.

Zac has been married for fifteen years to his wife, Abby, and they have four children—Joel, Jesse, Brody, and Bronwyn.

Kristen Hatton

Kristen Hatton

Kristen is the author of the teen devotional Get Your Story Straight with a book for teen girls on identity and worth scheduled for release in 2017. Kristen discovered her passion for teaching and writing about grace and growth in the gospel through her years of leading a teen girls Bible study. She resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her pastor husband and their three teenagers. To learn more visit www.kristenhatton.com.

Brent Bounds

Brent Bounds

Dr. Brent Bounds is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City where he has a private psychology practice working with individuals, couples and families. Brent grew up in Texas and he attended Wheaton College for his undergraduate degree in Psychology. He went to Dallas Theological Seminary for his M.A. in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling. And completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University in New York City. Brent served on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church as a counselor and Director of Family Ministries for 13 years and continues to teach marriage and parenting courses on a part-time basis with the church.

Brent is married to Jenni and they have three sons, Griffin and Wyatt and Sawyer.

Alice Churnock

Alice Churnock

A proud graduate of Auburn University, Alice H. Churnock is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. Her expertise lies in counseling adolescents and parents in areas relating to behavior modification, depression, eating disorders and body image, as well as stress and anger management. In addition, she is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality assessment she frequently uses in her work with families.

To equip young women with the spiritual, mental and social skills necessary for late adolescence, Alice created the SNAP! (Sisters oN A Purpose) Program for middle-school aged girls. SNAP! is a one week, intensive program addressing the dynamics of friendship, problem-solving, assertiveness skills, body image and much more. With a strong background in public speaking, Alice has been invited to lead seminars both nationally and internationally.

Syler Thomas

Syler Thomas

Syler Thomas is a native Texan who received a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, followed by an MDiv from Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, IL. He has been the Student Ministries Pastor at Christ Church Lake Forest in Illinois since 1998. He writes a column for Youthworker Journal, has had articles published in Leadership Journal and the Chicago Tribune, and is the co-author of two books. He and his wife have Heidi have four kids.

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug grew up in Illinois and graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Christian Education. He started in youth ministry as a adult volunteer, leading a small group of junior high boys. After spending six years as a volunteer, Doug become the full-time high school youth pastor at a church in Wheaton, Illinois. He served as a youth pastor for 12 years in various churches. In 1994, Doug started LeaderTreks to partner with youth workers to help them develop their students as leaders. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have a dog that thinks he is their only child.

 

Liz Edrington

Liz Edrington

Liz Edrington received her Masters in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, and is currently on staff at North Shore Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN, where she works with youth and young adults. 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.

Clark Fobes

Clark Fobes

Clark is a member of the Rooted Ministry steering committee and has been a youth pastor in the Asian-American context for the last 6 years. He and his wife currently reside in San Francisco, CA, where he serves as the Youth Pastor at Sunset Church. Clark received his M.Div. from Talbot School of Theology and blogs at www.clarkfobes.com.

David Ake

David Ake

David Ake is the Associate Pastor of Junior High Ministry at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas.  After graduating from Dallas Seminary has been focused on Junior High Ministry for almost twenty years.  He was blessed to be born and raised as the son of missionary parents who were instrumental in helping him come to faith and developing a passion for students, discipleship and ministry.  He is the proud husband of Jamie and two wonderful daughters, Becca and Lizzie.

Anna Meade Harris

Anna Meade Harris

Anna Meade Harris, a single mom of three boys, edits parent articles at Rooted and serves on the board of Restore Ministries in Birmingham, Alabama. You can purchase her book Fresh Faith: Topical Devotions and Scripture-Based Prayers for College Students online at booksamillion.com. Visit her blog at sow-love.org.

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