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 LifeWay Student Ministry podcast. 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.
He is married to Crystal Basham and has three little boys—Titus, Levi, and Deacon, and one baby girl—Chapel.
John Paul loves to spend time with family, travel, exercise, and eating!
Connect with John Paul on Twitter at: @johnpaulbasham
Robb Hollifield serves as the senior high student pastor at Cross Creek Church in Fountain, CO. With skills in many fields, from video media, summer camp ministry, ministry resourcing, and local church, Robb has a well-rounded experience in serving the church over the past 9 years. With a deep passion to see gospel life-change, Robb’s desire is to lead well by pointing people to living out their Christ-centered purpose.
In addition to his role at Cross Creek, Robb serves weekly in a local skateboard ministry called P.R.O.C.E.S.S. in Colorado Springs and speaks at different events around the country. Originally from Ohio, Robb is a diehard Buckeye and is a corn hole champion.
Robb and his wife Jeni have a son, Jude. In his free time, Robb loves to hike in the mountains of Colorado with his Labrador, Murphy.
Connect with Robb on Twitter: @robbholliwood
Royland Kirkwood serves as an elder and the student pastor for Shiloh Church and has 12 years of student ministry experience. Royland is passionate about teaching young people the importance of knowing God intimately for themselves, walking in obedience to the Word of God, and living a lifestyle of holiness before God so that they will grow spiritually. Royland believes that Christianity is not just something you talk about on Sunday, but a day-to-day fellowship with the Lord Jesus that makes the impossible possible. He inspires young people through the Word of God, letting them know they can do all things through Christ who will give them the strength to succeed. In his free time Roy enjoys family, movie theaters, is a huge Los Angeles Laker fan, and loves to travel .
Connect with Roy on social media: @roylandkirkwood