Carey Baker is a man among men. He and his wife Lori have 3 children and the oldest is 14 years old. That makes him qualified to talk to youth workers among many other things. He comes from a history of soldiers. In this episode, he speaks of 3 of our recent fallen young soldiers in the Middle East and Afganistan. His dad served in WWII and Carey joined the National Guard at age 18 and served for 32 years. In later years, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as well as serving a tour of duty in Iraq during the war. Later he went on to the Florida Senate and now serves as County Appraiser in Lake County, Florida. Listen to the great integrity and faith of this man, Youth Worker Nation.
Julie Castro talks to Doug about her life growing up and how she knew Jesus in her head but not in her heart. She later accepted the Lord into her life at age 25. Julie is author of the book "On Earth As It Is In Heaven: A Personal Allegory." It talks about how we all have a choice whether to accept Jesus into our heart or not. You can learn more about Julie and her ministry at Fiesta Publishing.
Tim Latiff - Washington DC, was a young man I met while working at the NRB, which is the International Broadcasters Convention, in Orlando, Florida.
•Tim grew up in Maryland,
•His parents are pastors and Tim followed suit as a youth pastor at New Life Worship Center in Capital Heights, Maryland.
•Tim also works at the Center for Urban Renewal and Education where he oversees a clergy outreach program.
•There he addresses issues of culture, race and poverty in the urban communities, encouraging and educating pastors to be equipped to lead students and families concerning these issues.
•Tim believes that you should build relationships first with young people by taking time to show up at THEIR sports events, THEIR drama productions, to allow students and families to see their face in the crowd. Students are more open and receptive when YOU invest YOUR personal time into things that THEY care about and are involved in because it's important to them.
•Students and Families are real people, with real lives, needing real people, to genuinely care about THEIR world.
•WELCOME Pastor Tim Latiff Youth Worker Nation!!!!•
Casey K. Shannon is a friend of Rick Eldridge from Youth Worker On Fire - Episode 043. While Casey, a Charlotte grown, North Carolinian was managing a hotel in Scotland, Rick and his film crew stayed at that hotel while filming part of The Bobby Jones Story movie. Rick and Casey, having the Charlotte area in common, met and have remained friends for many years. Casey was influenced by people in his adolescence like the rest of us. Like some, Casey's biological father walked away from the family and it was many years before Casey reunited with him to find a changed man and a wealth of knowledge. I had the privilege of working on a project with Casey at the NRB convention for broadcasters via our mutual friend Rick. Casey is now promoting a book tour for Pastor David and Marilynn Chadwick who have been pastors at their church plant for 30 years and a congregation of over 7,000. David played basketball for UNC-Chapel Hill under Coach Dean Smith of which he wrote a book about. Casey is a large part of making this happen. Meet Casey, a young teen who has grown into a "world changer" man. Listen up Youth Worker Nation!
Connect with casey at Moments Of Hope
Contact Doug Edwards at Youth Worker On Fire
Rick Eldridge has over thirty years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director, and entrepreneur, and he knows how to make projects happen. Whether sports programming, live production, animated series, or feature films, Rick has been involved in every facet of creative development and production management in the entertainment industry. Rick talks with Doug about his early days and those that influenced his life growing up. He shares the importance of networking and learning all the aspects of the production industry so you can better communicate, no matter what your role. Rick's company can be found at ReelWorks.net and the school Rick is involved with is Compass College of Cinematic Arts.
Tim Hancock was a youth worker for 3 counties in the Orlando, FL area for more than 25 years in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. To raise funds to get students to camp, Tim ran 55 miles from Winter Park, Florida to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Who does that? An Ironman! Thats my nickname for Tim "Ironman" Hancock who finished the Hawaii Ironman at one point in his life. He has raised a family, iron-willed, resolute young men, Luke and Zack, along with his incredible wife Debbie. Easy Life? I don't think so. Listen to what this wellness expert and business man has to say about overcoming odds and choosing the right path for a balanced life. Listen Up Youth Worker Nation! This is a life to take note of. Get pen and paper.
Greg Larson is a 6'8" pitcher. He played basketball but he thrived in baseball. Lake Brantley High School, GatorNation UF, then to the pros with the Red Sox. Now Greg is in his home area of Seminole County, northern suburbs of Orlando, Florida. He is the head coach for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCA, for Seminole County Schools. He raises his own salary to do the work he is passionate about. Listen up Youth Worker Nation! There is value mentoring for you here!
Doug speaks with Juliet Oppong-Amoako and Reverend Abdoulaye Sangho from Trans World Radio in Africa (TWR). Their organization uses media to reach Africa for Christ.
Speaking fluently in more than 60 languages and dialects, their outreach in Africa engages millions in more than 40 countries.
Together with international partners, local churches and other ministries, TWR provides relevant programming, discipleship resources and dedicated workers to spread hope to individuals and communities around the globe.
Whether using high-powered radio to reach people, streaming content to Internet users and mobile phones or visiting face-to-face with listeners, TWR leaves a lasting spiritual footprint.
Trans World Radio
P.O. Box 4232, Kempton Park, 1620, South Africa
+ 27 11 974 2885
This week, Doug speaks with Zoro the Drummer. Zoro is an internationally renowned rock star, motivational speaker and author. He has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The New Edition, Jody Watley, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Sean Lennon, Lisa Marie Presley, Lincoln Brewster, Phil Keaggy and many others. He shares with Doug what his life was like growing up fatherless as one of 7 children and how he brings encouragement and hope to others. Zoro also talks about the impact the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America had on his life.
Serena Parkinson Burrows was one of my students in student ministry. At 18 years of age she became one of my best volunteers. Discipled by my wife Colleen and another volunteer, Karen Mielke, Serena volunteered and passed on her knowledge to middle school girls while organizing our programs for more than 10 years. She is the wife of a professional drummer, Jason Burrows, and raises their two little girls. She is to this day a surfer as she was raised to be by her Florida parents and her little first born girl wants to follow suit. Serena's story will help you to treat your volunteers like gold and what you should do and how you should protect your volunteers.
Eustis, Florida, Mayor Robert Morin is a motivator and a man who just loves people. After meeting his son who is a senior in high school, Cesar, I can see that not only does he love people but his family loves him. When your high school son says great things about you, something right is happening at home. Robert was in Army intelligence, and also received a masters degree in public administration which qualifies him to manage city government. What's in it for me, youth worker nation? This man has worked with DCF and has seen the best of the best families and youth workers and the worst of the worst. This is one confident man who has a vision for a city.
When you lead and teach students, I tell people to treat them well and with kindness because some day they may sign your checks, be a professional that helps you or marry your children. This middle school boy grew up and became my pastor.
Brooks Braswell was a leader in school and people followed. He has never stopped leading and changing people's lives with a simple message, The Good News that God Loves You through Jesus Christ! He wanted to be a professional comedian and in a way he still is. With every sermon he makes us laugh while driving home a message that I and others won't forget. He and his lovely wife, Jamie, have 5 girls and 1 boy. He is proud to be raised a country boy. A Bible teaching mom, a huntin', fishin' dad and a professional tennis playing brother. Brooks embraced all of that and did it all and carried it to draw others and hold their attention. You will laugh and take notes with this episode.
Coach Clark Blake sits down with a group of past students, some from 40 years ago, as they share memories of pivotal moments in their high school years. From playing football under Coach Blake's leadership, his crazy classroom antics, to being a part of the original students involved in the first Fellowship of Christian Athletes program on the Eustis High School campus.
Larry and Amanda Stephens are a force in this world. Two world changers that were changing this world before they met. They became best friends, fell in love and grew a family. They are major forces in CRU's world wide movement. How does their marriage survive such pressure. Find out now on YWOF - Youth Worker On Fire!
Larry and Amanda mention a great book by Gary Chapman called The Five Love Languages.
In part 2 of the interview with Fred Rohrdanz, he talks about some of the books that have influenced his life. Fred also shares a few studies that can help you on your spiritual journey. So how many people did you know that their dad was college roommates and football teammates with Bear Bryant the famous Alabama "Bama" University football coach. Well, that would be our guest, Fred Rohrdanz. He was football QB at Middle Tennessee State. Met his future wife Suan there. Fred has headed up a Bible Study for men for many years which is larger than most churches on the East Coast of the USA. He has volunteered in student ministry. He has raised 2 sons and a daughter who have now made him a granddad. His connections to the college and pro sports world is far reaching and a great sales and marketing professional. Who is this super hero? Well, he's just a Bama boy who raised his family in Eustis, Florida right outside of Orlando. He considers himself to be just a normal small town guy. His friends and family know different. He is a world vision leader who leads and teaches from where ever he stands because that's his DNA. The ultimate Southern Gentleman just like his father raised him to be. Listen up friends! There is great value here layer, after layer, after layer.
Secrets are intriguing and draw us in. Especially when someone says to us quietly, "Do you want to hear a secret?"
The more time we spend alone with God, the more intimate our relationship with Him becomes. When we spend time with God, He knows He can trust us with His secrets and mysteries. If anyone needs to hear God’s secrets to life, it is youth pastors, youth workers and volunteers.
Jesus revealed these secrets and mysteries to his closest disciples, because He knew they would use these revelations to further the kingdom. God trusted Joseph and Daniel to interpret mysteries within dreams, because of their relationship with Him. He had a plan for
their lives and He has a specific plan for yours.
Wanna hear a secret? Listen to this episode.
It's hard enough for college students just to take classes and excel in getting your degree. But these two lady athletes go far beyond excellence and getting a degree. They practice day after day, week after week, all school year long and more. They expend many hours representing Lake Sumter State College as softball players. Madison and Brie are a catcher and pitcher duo. They are college roommates. But who influenced them to go so far into this sports career? Listen to every word because you are going to be inspired and learn from valuable stories of their life journey. Listen up Youth Worker Nation.
Larry Stephens is a FORCE to follow and learn from in the area of college students. He is the CRU trainer, facilitator, fundraiser, motivator for thousands of leaders both volunteer and full time on 1,600 universities and colleges. He is a mentor to professional athletes, keynote speakers and around the world projects for CRU students. We will talk virtual film making and what it's like to be a husband to a wife who has impacted the Greek world on several campuses and the dad of 3 young boys (2 are twins) and a beautiful little girl. He looks calm and collected but there is a driving force behind that "together" persona that says, "World Changers Line Up Behind Me! Now Dive, Jump, Run...whatever it takes!" THIS IS VALUE PACKED! But you've got to listen to this soft spoken hurricane! A Texas boy now an Orlando, Florida man!
Inspiring Principal Nancy Velez is an A+ high school principal. She grew up hearing graduation as a child because she was so close to the school and loved it. She is passionate for students and families and it shows. Listen to her inspiring story.
Adventure is a byproduct of student ministry and in this interview with Chase Allen there’s no exception to that rule. From student ministry intern to veteran Youth pastor, Chase and his wife Taylor mean business. They’ve been in a cage facing sharks and praying down the tsunami in the Pacific ocean. This life is a unique adventure because God wants us to have more than we could imagine or ask for. Ephesians 3:20
Looking at life events that brought me to a career in student ministry.
So how many people did you know that their dad was college roommates and football teammates with Bear Bryant the famous Alabama "Bama" University football coach. Well, that would be our guest, Fred Rohrdanz. He was football QB at Middle Tennessee State. Met his future wife Suan there. Fred has headed up a Bible Study for men for many years which is larger than most churches on the East Coast of the USA. He has volunteered in student ministry. He has raised 2 sons and a daughter who have now made him a granddad. His connections to the college and pro sports world is far reaching and a great sales and marketing professional. Who is this super hero? Well, he's just a Bama boy who raised his family in Eustis, Florida right outside of Orlando. He considers himself to be just a normal small town guy. His friends and family know different. He is a world vision leader who leads and teaches from where ever he stands because that's his DNA. The ultimate Southern Gentleman just like his father raised him to be. Listen up friends! There is great value here layer, after layer, after layer.
Megan Crouch is a YPK. In other words, the youth pastor's kid. She is the middle of three children and she's the only girl. Megan was a great college athlete in basketball. She is now athletic trainer for Umatilla High School and is also the FCA huddle coach on campus. Megan has some great value and experiences to note especially for those who are YPKs or students who grew up with their parents in ministry, teaching or coaching. We're all in a glass bubble if we're helping people and people are watching and critiquing us whether we like it or not. Find out how Megan copes and how she still excels today.
The lady I'm about to talk to is known to her friends and hometown as Amanda Hitchcock. To her husband Larry she is Amanda Stephens. To her children, she is mom. To her twin sister Valerie and baby sister Vickie, she's Amanda, to her parents she is their daughter. But in the eyes of many who she has encountered at FSU and to the Greek sororities of UCF, she is known as their mentor. She is known as the person who showed them the Way. My wife Colleen and I have worked with many incredible young ladies who we watched grow up from middle school to high school to college and into their adult years but Amanda, really I didn't see coming. She seems to have had it all together almost all of her life. Amanda was Salutatorian at Umatilla High School but it was in college, when I found her fallen on the ski slope during our college retreat to Colorado, sitting in the snow, was when our journey of understanding each other began. From there I got to watch a diamond being formed from a distance for years to come. This is a heartwarming and fun filled interview with Amanda Hitchcock Stephens. You're gonna love it, and the value, Wow! You are going to want to write some of this down. https://www.cru.org
Prayer is a conversation between you, or me, and God. This is my journey with my family and friends over the last 3 years to present. Seems like you are praying but some people are getting "Yes" answers to their prayers while your prayers seem to be getting no response. How are people getting yes answers? Mark Batterson pastor in Washington, DC who wrote the book Draw The Circle ( The 40 Day Prayer Challenge ) says his batting average in prayer is no better than yours. He just asks for more, more often. A.S.K. = "Ask...Seek...Knock..." Those are Jesus Christ's words not mine. These are my personal encounters. If you choose to listen I pray it will bring the answer you are looking for.