BS, Eastern Mennonite University, 1994
M DIV, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2001
D MIN, Western Theological Seminary, 2007
REL 210 Introduction to Youth Ministry (3 credit)
REL 374 Contemporary Issues of Youth Ministry (3 credit)
REL 4/209 Internships/Field Experiences (I supervise these.)
BIB 310 Journeys of Paul in Greece & Rome (3 credit)
ICC/LC 100/102 Identity, Culture & Community; Learning Community (3/1 credit)
Leadership for Ministry (3 credit)
Christian Spirituality & Pastoral Care (3 credit)
Preparation for Inquiry (1 credit)
Prayer Practices (1 credit)
Reading the Bible Colloquium (4 credit)
ADJUNCT AT ANABAPTIST MENNONITE BIBLICAL SEMINARY
Pastoral Care of Youth & Young Adults (taught 3 times)
Doing Theology with Youth (taught 1 time)
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry, Goshen College, IN
Campus Pastor (2006-present), Goshen College, IN
Conference Minister of Youth and Young Adults, IN-MI Mennonite Conference, Central District Conference (2001-2004)
Community Youth Worker, Belmont Mennonite Church, IN
Pastor, New Life Mennonite Church, PA
Programs Department (various roles), Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, PA
GOSHEN COLLEGE AS A FAITH MENTORING ENVIRONMENT
A current research focus of mine has been on strengthening Goshen College as a faith mentoring environment for our students. Two research fellowships with Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning, as well as one summer of Maple Scholars, has enabled me to collect quite a bit of data, both quantitative (surveys) and qualitative (interviews), from students, professors, administrators, and staff. The next phase of this project is to continue to implement practical strategies and ideas suggested from the findings of this work and to solicit voices of GC alumni in how they experienced their faith as students.
HISTORY OF MENNONITE YOUTH MINISTRY
Another research focus has been on the history of Mennonite youth ministry from 1885-2005, primarily focusing on efforts within the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church denominations, the predecessors to Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. This work began as one unit in my doctoral program, but later I worked with four different students as part of Goshen College’s Maple Scholars program. Then, several other writers agreed to submit chapters that were published in an edited volume by Institute of Mennonite Studies in 2013 titled A History of Mennonite Youth Ministry, 1885-2005.
For my doctoral project my focus was examining the role of biblical lament in faith formation and pastoral care of Mennonite Youth. I’ve enjoyed writing and speaking about this general subject in a variety of settings.
A History of Mennonite Youth Ministry, 1885-2005 (Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2013). I serve as editor and have contributed one essay for this volume titled “Growing Faith in Mennonite Youth: A Historical Review, 1885-2005.”
“Strengthening a Christian College as a Faith Mentoring Environment” in The Journal of Youth Ministry (Spring 2013).
“Strengthening a Christian College as a Faith Mentoring Environment through Knowing, Being, and Doing” in Building a Culture of Faith, eds. Cary Balzer & Rod Reed (Abilene, TX: Christian Abilene University Press, Summer 2012).
Youth Ministry at a Crossroads: Tending to the Faith Formation of Mennonite Youth (Harrisonburg, VA: Herald Press, 2011). I served as co-editor and contributed the following two chapters: “Embracing Loss and Grief through Lament” and “Reviewing Our History: 120 Years of Mennonite Youth Ministry.”
“Growing Faith in Mennonite Youth Through Socialization and Experiences: A Historical Review of Mennonite Youth Ministry” in The Journal of Youth Ministry (Fall 2011).
“The Past and Future of Mennonite Youth Ministry: A Look at 120 Years of Mennonite Youth Ministry and What’s Ahead” in The Mennonite (November 2010).
“Nurturing the Faith of Mennonite Youth: The Implications of Soul Searching for Mennonite Youth Ministry” in The Mennonite (October 6, 2009). Previously printed as “Nurturing the Faith of Youth: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers” in The Mennonite (March 7, 2006).
“The Role of Biblical Lament in Adolescent Ministry” in The Journal of Youth Ministry (Spring 2009).
“The Good News of Lament: How We Can Help Kids Face Tragedy and Grief” in YouthWorker Journal (September/October 2007).
Book Review of Thank You For Asking: Conversing with Young Adults about the Future Church by Sara Wenger Shenk in Mennonite Quarterly Review (April 2007).
“Tending Body Life: Helping Youth Grieve” in Leader (Spring 2006).
Book Review of Practicing Discernment with Youth: A Transformative Youth Ministry Approach by David White in The Journal of Youth Ministry (Spring 2006).
Lectures & Presentations
“Praying Faith: Praise, Lament, & Hope” – Menno Haven Camp Family Winter Retreat, co-lead with my wife (2013).
“Strengthening a Christian College as a Faith Mentoring Environment” – Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education conference (2013); Association of Youth Ministry Educators Annual Conference (2012).
“Jesus, Prayer, & You” – Amigo Centre Junior High Retreat, co-lead with my wife (2012).
“Mentoring Faith in Young People” – Virginia Conference Youth Worker’s Retreat (2012), Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA (2012), Mennonite Church USA convention (2011).
“Perspectives on Young Adult Faith” – Mennonite Church USA convention (2013), Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA delegate assembly (2012), Mennonite Church USA convention (2011), Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference delegate assembly (2011), Central District Conference delegate assembly (2011).
“The Role of Teaching Faculty as Faith Mentors,” Education as Formation Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2011.
“The Future of Mennonite Youth Ministry…Drawing from the Past” – Mennonite Church USA convention (2013, 2011).
“Caring for Youth” – Mennonite Church USA convention (2013, 2011)
“Teens in the 2000′s” – Mennonite Church USA convention (2011).
“Discovering Hope in Pain and Grief” – Mennonite Church USA Convention (2013, 2011, 2009, 2005, 2003).
“The Good News of Biblical Lament: Walking with Youth in Loss and Grief” – Mennonite Church USA Convention youth worker’s training (2009).
“Informed by the Spirit” and “Transformed by the Word” – Allegheny Mennonite Conference Annual Assembly keynotes (2009).
“Praying Like the Psalmist” – Amigo Centre Junior High Retreat (2007).
“A Historical Review of Mennonite Youth Ministry in the Past 120 Years,” Anabaptist Youth Ministry Symposium, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, March 2006.
“Mark: The Dramatic Journey of Jesus” – Amigo Centre Senior High Retreat (2005).
“Climbing the Mountain Together…but Which Mountain are We On?” – Illinois Mennonite Conference Annual Assembly keynote (2005).
“Following Jesus: From Control to Vulnerability” – IN-MI Mennonite Conference Annual Assembly keynote (2004).
“Prayer” – Camp Friedenswald Junior High Retreat (2004), Johnstown Christian School retreat (2004).
Grants & Fellowships
Fall 2013 – Fund for Peoplehood Education
“Distribution of ‘A History of Mennonite Youth Ministry, 1885-2005′”
Fall 2012 – Fund for Peoplehood Education
“Strengthening Mennonite Colleges as Faith Mentoring Environments”
Summer 2012 – Maple Scholars
“Strengthening Goshen College as a Faith Mentoring Environment”
2011-2012 – CITL Research Fellowship
“The Role of Administrators and Staff as Faith Mentors to Latino/a Students”
2010-2011 – CITL Research Fellowship
“The Role of Professors as Faith Mentors to Latino/a Students”
Fall 2010 – Fund for Peoplehood Education
“Distribution of ‘Youth Ministry at a Crossroads’”
Fall 2009 – Fund for Peoplehood Education
“A History of Mennonite Youth Ministry”
Summers 2008 & 2009 – Maple Scholars
“History of Mennonite Youth Ministry.” I worked with two wonderful student researchers each summer.
Fall 2005 – Fund for Peoplehood Education
“Anabaptist Youth Ministry Symposium”
Memberships & Associations
Association of Youth Ministry Educators
International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry
Ordained minister, Mennonite Church USA
I am married to Pamela Yoder, who is one of the pastors at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana where I am a member and a Sunday school teacher for the youth group. We have two wonderful children, Josiah (age 7) and Mira (age 5). They are both quite energetic and keep us on our toes…but such a blessing!
I enjoy reading, biking the various trails around Goshen, and running. A highlight of my “running career” was completing two different marathons; my first in Traverse City, Michigan but my second was running with Pamela on the “original route” in Greece from Marathon to Athens!