PNW Speakers

Friday Evening | Myron Bernard

Myron Bernard began youth ministry in 2001. He began working with urban youth in 2010 and has had his life changed by the amazing young people who have shown him who Jesus really is. A father of four and proud husband, Myron also serves on the City Life national team for Youth for Christ.

He serves locally in Tacoma, WA as the Ministry Director for Tacoma Youth for Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Evening | Dan Wolgemuth

Daniel S. Wolgemuth assumed the position of President/CEO of Youth For Christ USA on April 1, 2005.

Before YFC Dan spent 28 years in corporate work, including eight years with General Electric.

Dan and his wife, Mary, have a long and rich history with the organization. In 1977, fresh out of college Dan became a volunteer with Youth For Christ in Fort Wayne. Shortly after that he became a volunteer State Director. Years later as a resident of Nashville, he joined the local YFC board and became the local Board Chair. As a result, his perspective and appreciation for the broad YFC USA runs deep. 

Dan and Mary have three married children, all living in Denver, CO and 10 grandchildren.

 

Sunday Morning | Dave Rahn

Dave began his ministry career as a part-time Campus Life director with Fort Wayne Area YFC while a college student in 1972. After graduating he became Campus Life Coordinator and then Training Director. Dave left YFC to join Huntington University’s faculty in 1985, where, as a tenured professor he founded the Link Institute, a research based think tank seeking to improve the practice of youth ministry. This afforded him ministry consulting opportunities that quickly led him back into the Youth for Christ family circle in the mid 90s. He rejoined the mission of Youth for Christ/USA full time in 2007.

Dave holds a B.A. from Huntington College, an M.A. from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He has published more than 100 articles, essays and books. Most recently he has served as general editor for two Tyndale projects: Three Story Bible (2015) and The Life, a Gospel of John bible-zine (2014). He also recently published an e-book, Symmetry: Fixing Broken Patterns for Kids in Crisis (2014), available as a free download at symmetryseries.com. Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry was published in 2001, a co-edited textbook (with Kenda Creasy Dean and Chap Clark) that has been translated into multiple languages, including Arabic and Vietnamese.

Having led numerous research projects related to how students influence their peers in matters of faith, in 2011 he studied the factors that most significantly influenced urban indigenous ministry leaders during their formative teenage years. A recent advisor of Sticky Faith research for Fuller Youth Institute, Dave’s current project through the Yale Center for Faith and Culture is to explore how keystone habit training can help young people experience Jesus’ joy.

Dave is currently the Senior Ministry Advisor for YFC and vice-president for the Association of Youth Ministry Educators, an organization he helped found in the early ‘90s. Among youth ministry’s thought leaders he advocates for America’s teens who are not on any church’s radar screen; when engaged as Christ’s followers they invigorate the Church. He and his wife of 42 years, Susie, live in Middlebury, Indiana and enjoy five young grandchildren very much.