Youth Ministry as Practical Theology
Dean serves as professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and also directs the MA in Christian Formation and Discipleship at NTS. Dr. Blevins has taught courses in youth ministry, theology, spirituality, and leadership for over 20 years, and currently serves as President of the Religious Education Association.
Amy Jacober, Ph.D., is a youth ministry veteran. She’s a lead consultant with Youth Ministry Architects and serves on the Young Life Capernaum national board. Most recently she wrote The Adolescent Journey, with two other books currently in the works. In her free time she can be found playing with her two girls, husband, and oversized dog.
Andrew Root is in the Olson Baalson chair as associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He is the author of several books, including the new Theology in Youth Ministry series, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean), The Promise of Despair, Children of Divorce, Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, and Relationships Unfiltered.
Dr. Chanon Ross is the coordinator for the Connections Project at Princeton Theological Seminary where he oversees the Institute for Youth Ministry’s Certificate in Youth and Theology program. When he’s not connecting youth ministers in the Certificate program with personal mentors and valuable resources, he loves hiking, boating, and hanging with teenagers. He has written for The Christian Century and the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics.
Andrew is the academic director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a doctoral fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and teaches youth ministry at Memphis Seminary. Ordained in the Church of the Nazarene, he has 15 years of experience as a youth and college minister and currently resides in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife Kristina, their children, Evan and Anna, and the world's most passive-aggressive tabby cat, Tigger.