Our mission at Lifeway Students is to serve you in your mission of making disciples. Because of that mission, our teams are working hard to serve you through Bible studies, events, mission trips, and training.
The Lifeway Students blog and podcast are additional ways we want to come alongside you in the day-to-day realities of ministry. We hope they will be a hub of encouragement, experience, and practical advice for you as you strive to be obedient to God’s call to make disciples of students and their families. Join Ben Trueblood and some of the best student ministry contributors around as they help you walk and wrestle through the joys, challenges, victories, and struggles of student ministry. We are with you and we are for you in this calling!
Ben Trueblood serves as the Director of Student Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and has twenty years of student ministry experience, fourteen of which were spent in the local church as a student pastor. In addition to his role at Lifeway Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the U.S.
He is the author of three books: A Different College Experience, Within Reach, and Student Ministry That Matters, and is the host of The Student Ministry Podcast by Lifeway. Ben has also recently started a YouTube channel aimed at encouraging and investing in fellow youth pastors.
Ben 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 develop students who shape the culture in which they live.
Ben and his wife Kristen have four children. In his free time Ben enjoys family, hunting, is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, and is a collector of hobbies.
Connect with Ben on Instagram: @bentrueblood
Zac Workun serves as the Student Ministry Training Specialist for Lifeway. Zac is one of the co-founders of Youth Ministry Booster, Lifeway Students’ collaboration and training network. He has served the local church in various youth ministry roles for over 15 years. He is a graduate of OBU with degrees in business management and religion and received his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity with a certificate of Baptist Studies. Zac and his wife Karen have two wild boys—Isaiah & Gideon. Zac is an Okie, black coffee drinker, comic book nerd and an Enneagram 7. On Saturdays you can find him brunching outside or chasing toddlers across a playground.
Connect with Zac on Instagram: @zacworkun
John Paul Basham serves as the Manager of Lifeway Student Ministry Publishing. He served in the local church for 10 years before coming on staff at Lifeway and has a deep passion for the work of the church and its mission to make disciples.