Dakotas Conference UM Youth
Thursday, March 30, 2017
To equip local churches in the discipleship of youth and the development of Christian leaders.

YOUTHworker Academy


April 28-30, 2017

Lake Poinsett, United Methodist Camp

Presenter: Kenda Dean


Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference (United Methodist) and professor of youth, church, and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, she served as pastor in suburban Washington DC and as a campus minister at the  University of Maryland-College Park before coming to Princeton Seminary. She is currently appointed as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston, New Jersey.


Major Publications

The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Andrew Root (InterVarsity, 2011)
OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook (Abingdon Press, 2010)
Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church (Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, 2010) 
Youth, Religion, and Globalization, New Research in Practical Theology, eds. Richard R. Osmer and Kenda Creasy Dean (Zurich: LIT Verlag GmbH Co., 2007)
Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004) 
Starting Right: Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry (Youth Specialties Academic/Zondervan, 2001)
The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul-Tending for Youth Ministry  (Upper Room, 1998)



2016 Youth Academy -Speaker Mark DeVries

Podcasts coming soon!


Mark  DeVries is no newcomer to youth ministry.
He just about started while he  was one and has
now served as a youth pastor for 36-years,
28 of those at First Presbyterian Church Nashville,
where he has recently stepped into a volunteer role.
Mark is the president of MINISTRY ARCHITECTS (2002),
a consulting team that moves churches "beyond stuck"
and strategically forward.  Having worked with almost
500 churches, Ministry Architects has helped build sustainable ministries for youth, children, families and young adults, as well as providing strategic coaching for entire churches and their senior leadership. 
Mark is a graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including Family-Based Youth Ministry, Sustainable Youth Ministry, and most recently, Building Your Volunteer Team, which he co-authored with Nate Stratman. Mark and his bride, partnered with their marriage mentors to  publish The Most Important Year of a Man's/Woman's Life which continues to bless newlyweds and old married folk alike.
  In addition to speaking and writing, Mark is the founder or co-founder of a number of ministry  
  enterprises, including Ministry Architects, the Center for Youth Ministry Training, Justice Industries,
  and Ministry Incubators. 
  Mark and his wife, Susan, live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have three grown children and
  now three grandchildren who bring delight to their lives on a daily basis.