Though the major has changed its name, we are still one of the most complete youth ministry programs in the country. We’ve just added some needed emphasis on family context and family services.
Department Changes- Len is enjoying his resumed responsibilities as Department Chair, especially in respect to working with the Leadership Team. The LT is divided into two working groups “Spirit and Word” and “Program & Marketing.” Len along with the Department Assistant and the subcommittee chairs meet monthly (for breakfast at Strawberry Place of course) for long range planning and ministry accountability. The whole LT meets that same week as well.
As you probably know most private colleges, including Christian colleges, have experienced decreased enrollment due to fewer 18 year olds in the US population. We have therefore had to drop offering YFS at our city campus, and are “teaching out” our city students who are interdis with YFS there.
Happily, we have strong adjunct faculty team, Dr. ShayLee Perez, Anna Shuman, and Daniel Haugh, who love their classes and love teaching. Dan, who spent 4 years in Paris as youth pastor at The American Church in Paris, is leading a GSL trip “International Youth Ministry, Paris, France” for the department during Spring break 2018.
As you no doubt recall Len likes to research, write, and travel. You find out what he’s up to at LenKageler.squarespace.com.
We know that most of you are staying in touch through Facebook, Twitter, etc. and some of you are actually working with or alongside one another in your ministries. This section is designed to help you keep up with everyone … at least a little. (Also, if you’d like to see current department activity, check out our Facebook site.)
If you click on the tabs, arranged in 5 year blocks by graduation date, you’ll note some amazing blessings God is bringing through our family of world changers. As you would expect, the majority of grads are actively involved in church or para-church youth ministry. Even most of the folks who graduated 10+ years ago are still leading youth ministries. Praise God. Many alumni have completed graduate degrees, some going on to become Professors. Others have started local and global ministries, created award winning films, served as an Olympic team chaplain, written books and articles, and ministered to teens all over the world through various organizations.
Our current students and faculty are inspired by you and grateful to God that you’re accomplishing so much. We all make a great team. Congratulations and Thank You!
(Visitors, please see what our Alumni are saying about their experiences at Nyack College in New York.)