Bob is the founder and president of Restore International, a non-profit organization established to address the atrocities and injustices committed against children. With a passion and vision for finding audacious ways to restore justice to children and the poorest of the poor, Restore’s mission is to make a difference on behalf of those who do not otherwise have a voice. Bob’s inspiration has been fueled by the friendships he has developed with others around the world who desire to pursue strategic ways to help people in need. Bob is also an adjunct professor at Point Nazarene University in San Diego, and he has recently released his first book, Love Does.
Chap Clark, PhD (Univ. of Denver), is Associate Provost for Regional Campuses and Special Projects and Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Chap’s extensive books, articles, and videos focus primarily on relationships. Among his many books are Hurt and Hurt 2.0; Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World (coauthored with his wife, Dee); and Deep Justice in a Broken World. Chap and Dee live in Gig Harbor, Washington.
I love good coffee, early mornings and late nights, God, good conversation, climbing, music, movies, sport, art, food and wine, laughter, stories, sleeping outside, log cabins, beauty, scooters, Bikes, simplicity, generosity, creativity, hope.
Pastor of Bethany Community Church
Author of The Colors of Hope (free chapter here) and o2: Breathing New Life into Faith
Lars is a Family Ministries Pastor who focuses primarily on birth-8th grade but still hangs out with High School students a lot too. He’s a long time youth worker who got his start in Southern California and then spent 5 years in Texas before heading back home to Washington State last June. Lars has a passion for teaching/training youth workers and has done that in a variety of conference as well as undergrad and seminary settings. The best way to describe Lars’ gifts is that he loves to be a “connector.” His passion is to get the right people together and see what happens. He also loves hanging out with his wife and kids and finding new coffee shops to up his caffeine intake. Lars has a M.Div from Fuller Seminary and a Doctorate from George Fox Evangelical seminary and is also an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister.
Mike is Assistant Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry at Seattle Pacific University where he teaches both undergraduates and graduates (at Seattle Pacific Seminary) in a variety of topics including doctrinal theology, Christian formation, spiritual practices and youth ministry. He has a background in both practical and systematic theology (the discipline of his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary), and his research aims to bridge the chasm between academy and church by examining the interplay of theological belief and lived faith, including in our ministries to adolescents. Before SPU, Mike was a youth and family pastor at a large church, and has been involved in youth ministry for over 20 years. He and his wife Kelly live in Seattle with their three kids, Hannah, Seth, and Caleb.
Nick Steinloski is the Student Ministries Pastor at Bethany Community Church in Seattle. During his six years on staff the church has grown nearly 300%. Bethany Community Church’s vision is to make the invisible God visible by inviting people to know God, to wholeness and to community. Nick is excited to be serving in a church with so many young families who are leading their kids to know God, to grow in wholeness and to be in real community. Nick brings to Pacific over twenty years of Youth Ministry experience all in the Pacific Northwest.
Joshua Ziefle is the Associate Professor of Youth Ministries at Northwest University (Kirkland, WA). He and his wife Rachel (both New Jersey natives) relocated to the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 2011. They were married in August 2008. For the six years previous to his time at Northwest, Josh served as the youth pastor of Nassau Christian Center in Princeton, NJ. While ministering among the students there, he also completed a PhD in American Church History from Princeton Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading, teaching, and reflecting on topics related to practical theology, discipleship, and spiritual formation. Josh blogs regularly on ministry, culture, history, and other random topics.