As a 19-year youth ministry veteran, Amy follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole, and those lost in the criminal justice system. As a certified Gang Intervention Specialist, she has pursued her calling as a youth pastor, reentry coordinator for paroled youth, youth mentor, speaker, and a national trainer for other youth workers.
Brian is a student ministry veteran and currently serves as the generation ministries pastor at Journey Community Church near San Diego, California where he oversees a staff that is responsible for infants through teens. He also blogs at briancberry.com and is the author of two recent books, As for Me and My Crazy House and Criticism Bites.
Crystal has worked with students for more than 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University where she lectures and studies the history of adolescence. She writes the “Guys” and “Girls” columns for Youthwalk magazine, was part of the core writing team for The Way Bible, and is the author or co-author of 11 books.
Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and a ministry leader for more than 30 years. Today, most of Doug’s time is spent speaking at conferences, churches, or events; writing; teaching youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University; and providing leadership and resources as a part of the Youth Specialties Team. Doug is joining all the YS Team Training cities on-screen with a highly practical video session.
Duffy is professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and a 30-year veteran of youth ministry. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who love teenagers, and is author of several books, including his newest, Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.
Jin Min, director of EGC Consulting, also serves as director of the Youth Violence Systems Project. Since joining EGC in 2008, Jin Min has provided customized consulting and technical assistance to a number of clients. Her true passion lies in seeing intra-organizational conflict, personal and relational brokenness, and systemic injustice addressed through an approach that prioritizes vulnerability, authenticity, and courage.
Josh is high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He’s the co- founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and author of 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders with Doug Fields. Josh is a father of 4 who speaks a little, podcasts a little, Twitters a bit, and blogs a lot.
Kim’s passion for youth has been reflected in her 16 years of service as youth pastor in the heart of Houston’s inner-city. Her greatest joy is seeing youth overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve success. She is a graduate of the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative and founding board member of S.H.O.U.T (Serving Him One United Together) Houston, a learning community for emerging youth leaders.
Les chairs the youth ministry department at William Jessup University and has spoken at each YS National Youth Workers Convention for the last more than 30 years. He’s also authored more than 15 books, including What If…?, Have You Ever…?, Unfinished Sentences, Gimme Five, and Best-Ever Games for Youth Ministry.
Marv is the national director of Youth Specialties Canada and an associate staff member at the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He is an internationally known author, professor, speaker, and youth ministry veteran of more than 40 years, and oversees the Canadian Center for Adolescent Research, a research think tank.
Pastor Max has been responding to the challenges faced by the urban communities of Greater Cleveland, Ohio since 1988. He’s the founder and executive director of Proyecto Luz, an HIV/ AIDS, faith-based initiative on the West Side of Cleveland. Since 2006, he’s also been the executive director of Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center, an organization addressing root causes of systemic poverty in Cleveland’s Cudell neighborhood.
Michelle successfully worked in the corporate sector for years before she stepped out in faith and committed to full-time ministry with Every Kid Outreach, a ministry started by her parents. Today Michelle serves as the executive director of EKO, where she is following the very dream she had at a young age and faithfully carrying out the legacy of her father.