“Contextualization is really about effective communication and making sure what we say is the same thing that is received. I am not changing the message, I am just making sure it gets delivered. ” – Mike McGarry
Mike McGarry is the Youth Pastor at South Shore Baptist Church (Hingham, MA) and the Founder/Director of Youth Pastor Theologian (YPT). He and his wife have two youth group aged kids. Mike is passionate about equipping youth workers to practice theology in student ministry and is the author of A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry, Lead Them to Jesus: A Handbook for Youth Workers, and Discover: Questioning Your Way to Faith (forthcoming in July 2023). He’s also the host of the Youth Pastor Theologian podcast and co-host of Thanos to Theos, a podcast that explores comics, culture, theology, and youth ministry. You can follow him through YPT on social media @youththeologian.
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.