Letter from the Dean

Welcome to Youthmin Academy!

I believe that ministry to the next generation and their families is the most critical and important ministry in the church today. That’s why I have been active in next generation ministries for almost 30 years! While ministry to today’s youth is important, it’s also quite challenging to meet the ever changing needs in our unique culture. That’s why we’ve created Youthmin Academy. We want to equip you to lead a vibrant, transforming ministry to youth and make a dent in the sobering statistics that plague the faith development of today’s youth.

I invite you to explore our website to get a better understanding of who we are and how we can serve you. You will find a learning community that is highly educational and extremely practical, a community focused on serving and leading youth with excellence.

As you search for an educational program to meet the needs of God’s calling on your life, I encourage you to consider Youthmin Academy. We have an impressively credentialed faculty that will help you balance head and heart, theory and practice. Our faculty includes some of the most respected thought-leaders and influencers in seminaries and universities in the areas that you care about the most!

If you have any questions about our program, please reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you!


Dr. Michelle Anthony

Dean of Youthmin Academy

About the Dean and Associate Dean

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.

Director of Student Resources and Production for David C Cook’s Tru curriculum, Megan Fate Marshman delights in sharing the gospel and empowering others to do the same. Megan is co-author of the book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials with Dr. Michelle Anthony. With a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University, Megan reaches national audiences with her knack for weaving extraordinary adventure into everyday story lines.  Megan speaks nationally at churches, conferences, and university chapels. She also serves as Director of Women’s Ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps, where she rediscovered her childhood love for telling stories—specifically the best story of all: the gospel. Megan, her husband and son live in Long Beach, California.

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