“Every person in youth ministry needs to know how to do it effectively and remain healthy through the process so that you don’t burn out, punk out, or back out before that season that God has you in is done.” – Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez has had a passion to rescue urban youth for over ten years. With a degree in Youth Ministry and a testimony of God rescuing him out of gangs, drugs, and poverty; he has both life experience and an education to help him empower others to Rescue a Generation of Urban Youth. Jose is now a full time urban missionary and currently serves as the Student Ministries Pastor at his church, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre in San Bernardino, CA. Jose provides training on behalf of Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI) and speaks at conferences, camps, and youth groups across the nation.
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.