In this episode, Ben Trueblood, John Paul Basham, and Jeff Wallace talk about racism, reconciliation, and the role of student ministry.
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 serves as the Manager of Lifeway Student Ministry Publishing. 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.
You can follow John Paul on Twitter at: @Johnpaulbasham.
About Jeff Wallace
Jeff is nationally known as an urban ministry communicator, innovator, and leader as well as Life Coach. He served for 20 years as Pastor of Youth Development at Peace Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia, where he oversaw all of the children, student, and young adult programming. Jeff later transitioned to the role of Executive Pastor at Peace Baptist. Jeff is also the Founder of FrontLine Urban Resources, Inc., which is an organization that provides resources and trainings to help leaders engage an evolving generation of families as well as teaching them how to redefine and reshape their traditional views of urban culture. Jeff currently works for Student Leadership University (www.slulead.com) as the Executive Director for the LIFT Tour and Youth Pastor’s Summit. SLU is a national organization designed to develop and equip student leaders to think, dream, and lead. SLU strives to instill future tense thinking; character-driven decision making; ownership of biblical values; and a commitment to influence through service.
Jeff has produced several resources designed to empower and equip youth leaders, parents, and students in urban environments. He is the author of “Urban Ministry from Start to Finish”, co-author of “Everybody’s Urban”, “Urban LIVE curriculum”, “The Skinny on Communication” and “99 Things Every Guy Should Know”. He is a writer in the Simple Truth Bible and a contributor in Reggie Joiner’s “Creating a Lead Small Culture” book. Jeff enjoys doing life with his wife Quovadis and three boys, Jeffrey, Christopher, and Cameron.
You can follow John Paul on Twitter @iamjeffwallace
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. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!