“Sitting down with parents at the end of the year and letting them know where they have grown and where they still have areas to grow in spiritually get parents bought into the small group ministry.” – John Nugent
“Celebrate the wins in student ministry with your small group leaders.” – John Nugent
Larry Davis serves as the Next Generation Pastor at The Journey Church in Lebanon, TN where he has served for the last four years. He’s married to his beautiful wife Madison Davis and they have a daughter named Eloise and a son named Arlo. Larry’s passion is to pastor and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the next generation that they may come to know and treasure the One True God and allow Him to transform every sphere of their lives.
John Nugent is a 20+ year youth ministry vet and serves as the Minister to Youth at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana. He loves watching students truly engage in the adventure of following Jesus, has the spiritual gift of ping pong, and loves to travel.
Josh White is the Pastor to Students and families at Arrow Heights Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, OK. He’s married to his high school sweetheart, Lara. Together they are surviving three sons who Josh lovingly calls #redbeardsmightymen. He loves the outdoors and sleeping in hammocks in the woods.
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.