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Tuesday, April 23 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Seminar Spotlight

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This session will introduce you to the leaders and topics to be explored over the course of the next three days in each of our seminar offerings. This will help you decide which seminar you'll want to attend and will give you a glimpse of each leader's teaching style. You'll also meet the three small group leaders who will be hosting mealtime conversations that connect the material from the Forum with particular interests. Hosted by IYM Director, Abigail Visco Rusert.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Leaders
avatar for Wes Ellis

Wes Ellis

Small Group Leader
Wes Ellis is a husband, a father, and a passionate follower of Jesus. He's a veteran youth worker who's pastored in UCC, evangelical, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches. He holds a bachelor's degree in theology and biblical studies from Azusa Pacific University, and two master's... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Root

Andrew Root

Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
Andrew (Andy) Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science and Faith Formation in a Secular Age. His next book, The... Read More →
avatar for Erica Liu

Erica Liu

Theologian-in-Residence
Since 2004, Erica Liu has served as Co-Pastor at Pres House, a Presbyterian campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was called alongside her spouse, Mark Elsdon, to rebirth the historic campus ministry and develop a new, sustainable ministry model that today includes... Read More →
avatar for Christy Lang-Hearlson

Christy Lang-Hearlson

Theologian-in-Residence
Christy Lang Hearlson is Assistant Professor of Religious and Theological Education at Villanova University. She is co-editor with Kenda Creasy Dean of How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education—If We Let It, and she teaches and researches on consumer culture and Christianity... Read More →
avatar for Erik Leafblad

Erik Leafblad

Small Group Leader
Erik Leafblad has been a professor of missional ministries at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota since 2015. Prior to teaching, he led and directed ministry initiatives for Youthfront in Kansas City, and before that, he served as a youth pastor. Erik received his M.Div. from... Read More →
avatar for Erin Raffety

Erin Raffety

Research Advisor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Erin Raffety is lecturer in youth, church, and culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and associate pastor for outreach and education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, N.J. A cultural anthropologist and PC(USA) pastor by training... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Rusert

Abigail Rusert

IYM Staff - Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Abigail is the Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and the principal investigator on the Log College Project grant—an initiative through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to help churches research and design new forms of youth ministry for the... Read More →
avatar for Megan DeWald

Megan DeWald

IYM Staff - Assistant Director, Princeton Theological Seminary
Megan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry, and in this role, she leads the IYM’s certificate programs and manages digital resources. She has over 15 years of experience in youth and young adult ministry, serving in a variety of contexts and traditions... Read More →