“Youth pastor theologians need to be able to take something that is complicated and show you how simple it is to help students understand it better.” – Mike McGarry
Mike McGarry is the Youth Pastor at South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham, MA and has served in full-time youth ministry since 2005. He is married to Tracy, a public school educator, and is now “Youth Pastor Dad” to one of their kids.
He is an ordained pastor and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in “Ministry to Emerging Generations” from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Mike is a contributor to Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide (Crossway, 2017), the author of A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry: Teenagers in the Life of the Church (Randall House, 2019), and Lead Them to Jesus: A Handbook for Youth Workers (New Growth Press, forthcoming 2021).
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.