The faculty at Youthmin Academy is comprised of dedicated ministry practitioners and educators from a wide-range of backgrounds who are passionate about training and equipping leaders! This team includes some of the most respected thought-leaders and influencers in youth and family ministry.

Dr. Michael Anthony


Dr. Anthony serves as Director of Operations/COO for the Dream Centers of Colorado Springs and President of Calibrate Global Consulting, LLC. Michael taught non-profit management, leadership and organizational development for 27 years at Biola University. He also served as Dept. Chair, and Vice Provost. Author/editor of 13 books, Dr. Anthony has consulted with numerous ministry organizations all over the world. He has been invited to serve on 13 ministry boards of directors. Michael specializes in board governance issues, strategic planning, and conflict resolution.

Dr. Michelle Anthony


Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Pastor of Children and Parents at New Life Church and the Family Ministry Architect at David C Cook. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family and her newest book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials. Michelle has over 25 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children’s and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian Education, Bible and Theology from Talbot School of Theology and Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and the beach while drinking a strong cup of coffee.

Dr. Jim Burns


Dr. Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California.

Jeff Carter


Jeff Carter is currently the director of HaDavar ministries, a ministry that equips the body of Christ for a life of service and devotion. Jeff has also served at Mariners Church in Irvine, Ca overseeing the spiritual growth and discipleship ministry. He also has served as the theological editor and as a writer for the Tru curriculum for several years now. He earned his M.Div. and Th.M. at Talbot Seminary, at Biola University in systematic theology. Jeff is married and has 3 amazing children and loves the Lord and His Word.

Steve Carter


Steve Carter is a teaching pastor for Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. He is a founding member of both Rock Harbor Fullerton Church and Solidarity and currently serves on the Solidarity board. Steve lives with his wife Sarah, their son Emerson and daughter Mercy June in Barrington, Illinois.

Brandon Cormier


Brandon Cormier serves as the lead Pastor of Desperation Ministries which encompasses the youth ministry at New Life Church, Desperation Leadership Academy, and Desperation Conference. Combining over 8 years of youth/young adult & worship ministry experience, Brandon uses his musical, public speaking, and theatrical gifts to zealously articulate God's Word in a relevant way to youth and young adults of this generation. Brandon married the love of his life, Octavia Cormier, and they are enjoying being parents to Riyan Nicole & Norah Grace. He is an alumnus of Oral Roberts University where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree. Brandon loves challenging students to live a life that is in desperate pursuit of Jesus Christ—empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Dr. Craig Allen Hill


Craig Hill is an affiliate Assistant Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Biola University in New Testament. Hill has taught in university and seminary settings for 18 years and has served for over two decades in youth, and pastoral ministries. He also works with Standing Stone Ministry, a ministry that provides pastoral care for pastors. Hill also serves on the Board of Directors of Hume Lake Christian Camps, one of the largest youth camps in the nation. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife Kelly and four kids.

Dr. Karen Jones


Karen Jones is a Professor of Youth Ministry at Huntington University, in Huntington, Indiana where she also serves as the department chair for the Ministry and Missions department and program director for Graduate Programs in Christian Ministry. She served as a youth minister in Missouri and Texas for more than fifteen years, and now invests her life preparing men and women for faithful ministry with future generations of young people. Karen is committed to the development of global youth ministers and regularly teaches ministry courses in universities and seminaries around the world. She has served on the executive board for the International Study of Youth Ministry, and is currently a board member for both the Association of Youth Ministry Educators and Youth Ministry International. Karen has contributed to numerous books and publications and been a speaker in a variety of venues, sharing her experience and passion for youth ministry.

Dr. Dave Keehn


Dr. Keehn has served for over 20 years in youth ministry in both large and small churches. After teaching ministry courses for Talbot School of Theology and Biola University for twelve years in an adjunct role, Dr. Keehn joined the faculty in the fall of 2009. His passion is to develop church leaders for future generations to follow. Dr. Keehn’s expertise in developing ministry programs to reach and disciple the Millennial generation and their families. He has spoken at numerous conferences and continues to be involved on a church pastoral staff in Dana Point, CA.

Megan Marshman


As an international speaker at churches, conferences and university chapels, Megan Fate Marshman is a leading voice to this generation. She has devoted her life to loving God and empowering others to do the same. Currently, Megan is the Director of Women’s Ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps and Associate Dean of Youthmin Academy. She holds a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University and is driven to inspire, equip and support others in experiencing spiritual formation for lifetime faith. She co-wrote the book 7 Family Ministry Essentials and served as the director of student resources and events for David C Cook as she led a team in creating TruIdentity: a spiritually forming, Christ centered, and family empowered youth ministry curriculum line. She lives in Long Beach, California with her husband and son.

Dr. Bill Staffieri


Dr. Bill Staffieri currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Beachpoint Church in Southern California after spending over twenty years in youth ministry. He spent the last fifteen years teaching youth ministry and Christian leadership at Biola University and Talbot Seminary. He recently finished his doctorate focusing on how churches can equip parents to disciple their teenagers. He loves to mentor new and young pastors and serves as a pastoral coach for Transformation Ministries. Bill and his wife Kimberly of 25 years have three kids: Andrew, Trevor and Rebecca. He loves to play hockey and has an unhealthy devotion to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dr. Erik Thoennes


Dr. Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus, and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Dr. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ, and theology of culture.

Dr. Thoennes currently serves as a Chair and Professor of the Biblical and Theological Studies Department at Biola University.

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