In this episode, Ben and John Paul talk with Jay Rebsamen about his experiences in student ministry. They discuss important topics that can be applied in any ministry context, such as small groups, recruiting and training volunteers/leaders, vision casting, and more.
About Jay Rebsamen
Jay Rebsamen is the lead high school pastor at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. Jay graduated from Liberty University in 1995, with a degree in Church Ministries and a double minor in Pastoral and Youth Ministries. Regardless of the setting, whether in the pulpit, on stage at a summer camp, in a large arena, or in a high school, Jay’s message is simple: helping students and young adults discover the importance of a Christ-centered lifestyle. Romans 12:2 says “…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is….” The word “transformed” from the Greek means to “undergo a complete change.” Jay is very passionate about seeing people let go of their past and experience true forgiveness in their lives. In turn, this will give them a passionate purpose to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. Jay and his beautiful bride, Melanie, reside in Lynchburg, VA along with their son, Caleb and daughter, Addison.
About Ben Trueblood
Ben serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has served the local church as a student pastor for fourteen years. In addition to his role at Lifeway Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S.
He is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s Kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to produce students who shape the culture in which they live.
Ben and his wife Kristen have four young children. In his free time Ben enjoys family, fishing, hunting, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
You can follow Ben on Twitter at: @bentrueblood.
About John Paul Basham
John Paul is the Student Ministry Specialist for the Lifeway Students Division. He served in the local church for 10 years before coming on staff at Lifeway and has a deep passion for the work of the church and its mission to make disciples. He is married to Crystal Basham and has two boys, Levi and Titus.
The Lifeway Student Ministry Podcast is designed to encourage and inform student ministry leaders at every level. Each episode Ben Trueblood will join with student ministry leaders and guests to talk about issues, both practical and philosophical, relating to student ministry and leadership. Our goal is to encourage student ministry leaders serving in the local church and to share insights learned from the student ministry community at large.