“There should be a strong, strategic relationship between the kid’s pastor and the student pastor. The credibility of the student pastor can be shown to parents by the proverbial handshake by the kid’s leader to the student leader. ” – Jana Magruder
“Think of this as a season of transition. Spend time throughout the year getting to know the kids and parents who will be transitioning into your ministry later in the year.” – Chuck Peters
Chuck Peters is the Director of Lifeway Kids. A graduate of Columbia Bible College, Chuck, and his wife, Cris, have served in Student and Children’s Ministry for many years. Before his role at Lifeway, Chuck had a prolific career in television and video production. He is a 3-time Emmy Award-Winning producer, director, writer, and on-screen talent. He is driven to equip and inspire ministry leaders.
Jana Magruder serves as the Strategic Initiatives Director for LifeWay Kids. She is a Baylor graduate and offers a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and publishing. She is the author of Kids Ministry that Nourishes and Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith. She and her husband, Michael, along with their three teenagers reside in Nashville.
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.