“So much of who I was as an individual was wrapped up in the ministry. In these seven months, I was able to pull back and say I don’t have a ministry anymore, so what will I be defined by.” – Paul Sitka
Paul Spitka is the Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach at First Baptist Sapulpa in Oklahoma and is incredibly passionate about building teams to serve the body of Christ. He most recently led Fellowship Bible Church in the formation of a Family Ministries Team, where a unified “cradle to college” Team was formed, hired, empowered, and released to do ministry. For more than 30 years, Paul and his wife Sandy have ministered to students, young adults, families, and congregations in places such as Grand Rapids MI, Indianapolis IN, Detroit MI, rural northern Michigan, and Tulsa, OK.
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 Instagram and Twitter at: @bentrueblood.
About Katie Wylie
Katie serves as Marketing Strategist for Lifeway Students and has been part of the Lifeway family for nearly 12 years, including two summers as a FUGE staffer. Katie is passionate about resourcing leaders because of the profound impact student ministry had on her faith journey. Katie is mama to identical twin boys and enjoys running, writing, and long walks around Target. Katie is also the human behind our brand social accounts! @lifewaystudents | @studentministry | facebook.com/LifewayStudents
About Nathan Howard
Nathan serves as Project Coordinator for Lifeway Students. and has served in student ministry for 15 years in a variety of roles from volunteer leader and student pastor in the local church to working with student pastors at the associational level. “Producer Nathan” helps facilitate student ministry training through the podcast, Youth Ministry Booster, and other outlets and also served on FUGE camp staff for six years, four as camp director, before joining the team full time. Nathan enjoys baking, video games, and officiating.