“You need to create a culture of credibility. Credibility is the currency of leadership.” – Derik Idol
“I like to bring in another staff member to have fresh eyes on an event to help evaluate so that we can continue to improve.” – Derik Idol
Derik Idol serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Youth Ministry and a professor at Liberty University. Also, he serves as the Student Ministries Pastor at Thomas Road Baptist Church. Before joining the LU faculty he served on staff in the local church all over the country at churches of different sizes (250 to 20000+) in weekly attendance over the last 20-years. He has a huge heart and passion to raise up the Next Generation of Leaders.
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 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 sports.