About Stoked


Welcome to Stoked On Youth Ministry, we are stoked that you are stoked on youth ministry! Stoked exists to encourage, equip, train, teach, and coach youth workers who are in the trenches of youth ministry. We provide resources to help make youth ministry easier and more effective. Our prayer is that through the resources provided you will be better equipped to reach lost students and guide them into a real relationship with Jesus.

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about the authors


My name is Todd Jones and I am STOKED on youth ministry! I have been involved in youth ministry since 2006 as first a volunteer, then an intern, and since 2011 as a full time pastor. I started Stoked On Youth Ministry as a way to encourage, equip, and train youth workers to reach students. I earned my degree in Christian studies with emphasis in youth ministry from Cal Baptist University where I also played top level collegiate baseball. I have spoke at numerous chapels, churches, camps, retreats, and trainings.  I am married to a beautiful wife named Rachael and we have 3 wonderful daughters. I also enjoy surfing, playing and watching most every sport, and building relationships. My prayer is that the Lord will allow me to reach as many lost students as I can and equip as many youth workers to do the same.

Find out more about me at TheToddJones.com
Instagram – @Todd_Jones
Twitter – @thetodd_Jones
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Stoked On Youth Ministry welcomes experienced ministry minded guests who can offer insight and helpful advice in the field of youth ministry and leadership. If you would like to be considered for the possibility of being a guest blogger Email Us Here with your experience and article ideas.

Meet our contributors…

Ashley Slater

Ashely is equal parts sass and volume. She can whip up an event in no time and thrives in chaos. She has a heart for youth ministry and organic relationships/mentorships. Needless to say, youth ministry is a great fit for her. She also enjoys speaking, teaching, and training leaders. You can connect with Ashely on Instagram @ashley_slater. Also check out her Stoked On Youth Ministry post “You Can’t Know Until You Know


Dennis Beckner

Dennis is a volunteer youth worker who trains volunteer youth workers. Since 1999 he has been a leader at Saddleback Church’s Student Ministry. He is the author of Volunteer Youth Ministry, A Roadmap For Effective Leadership, and owns VolunteerYouthMinistry.com. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1994, BA Religion. Download a free sample or buy his book at volunteeryouthministry.com/bookorder



Elle Campbell

Elle really likes youth ministry (especially small groups and middle school ministry) and making things and smiling and coffee. She is married to Kenny Campbell who is also very involved in training youth workers. They lived in Buffalo, NY for most of their lives and did middle school ministry there for a pretty long time. Elle and her husband Kenny run Stuff You Can Use, Youth Ministry Labs, and the Youth Ministry Answers podcast. You can also connect with Elle at Ellecampbell.org. Also, check out her Stoked On Youth Ministry post “Raising The Bar For Your Volunteers


Eric and Erica Giesow

Eric and Erica Giesow make it their aim to empower millennials to live well for Christ! For the past 7 years, they have been empowering millennials (18-24 year olds specifically) in one-on-one, large & small group settings all for the purpose of living well for Christ. The primary way that they do that is as the Directors of EPIC Commission Discipleship Program at Valley Family Church in Kalamazoo, MI. Please check out their site at ericanderica.org. Also, check out their Stoked On Youth Ministry post, “4 things young adult pastors wish youth pastors knew


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J is a spoken word artist and ex college baseball player who has a heart for missions and reaching lost people for Jesus. Check him out…On Youtube or at his blog, Jbtothefield.com. Also check out his Stoked On Youth Ministry posts, “Preach the Gospel with your words, show it with your life“, and “An Ode To Youth Workers: A Spoken Word”


Jonathan Hobbs

 Jonathan is the Director of Youth Ministries at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, Pennsylvania. He has worked in youth ministry for almost 20 years, including churches in New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. He has spoken and/or led worship for multiple camps, retreats, and events around the country and has written multiple articles for blogs, newspapers, and magazines.  He also co-wrote/edited a book called “Don’t Do This” which is full of stories about failures in youth ministry. (Something he knows a lot about).  He is the founder of J3 Youth Ministry (WWW.J3YOUTHMINISTRY.COM) and is one of the hosts of the J3 Youth Ministry Podcast. He took karate in high school because he thought it would help make him cool. He was wrong. Jonathan and his wife, Carolyn, have two beautiful daughters, Kaylin and Julia. He loves golf, can juggle two balls skillfully and does a halfway decent impression of Kermit the Frog. Follow him on Twitter @jonhobbstweets and check his Stoked post, “3 Powerful Ways To Minister That You May Be Overlooking



Rachael Jones

Rachael has been a volunteer in youth ministry for 7 years, but involved in ministry her entire life. She loves connecting to and teaching girls how to follow Jesus and have real relationships. Rachael loves spending time with her 3 beautiful daughters, and selling make up at rachaeljyounique.com. Check out her Stoked On Youth Ministry post, “Remembering Why I Do Youth Ministry”


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Justin is the Lead Next Gen Pastor and oversees the jr high, high school and college ministries at Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA. He loves working with students, is passionate about small groups, and loves talking student ministry and leadership. Justin is a regular contributor at Downloadyouthministry.com and you can follow him on Twitter at @justinknowles3. Also, check out his Stoked On Youth Ministry posts, “Why We Need Fun In Youth Ministry” , “Using Social Media Effectively In Youth Ministry”


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Kevin is a student ministry pastor in Fort Worth, TX with 16 years of experience. His heart beats to see teenagers find their identity in Jesus. When he’s not doing that you can find him spending time with his wife, Kara, chasing after their toddler age son Knox, and practicing the art of smoking his own BBQ. You can reach Kevin at, Kevinl@christchapelbc.org on Twitter/Insta: @KevinLibick or at studentministryodyssey.wordpress.com. Check out his Stoked On Youth Ministry posts, “Turning Middle Schoolers Into High Schoolers: Prepping For A Smooth Transition“, “How and When To Mandatory Report


Eric Malamma 

Eric has been in ministry for almost 40 years as first a youth pastor and for the last 25 years a senior pastor. Eric has a passion for reaching people for Christ and creating a culture that strives to do the same. Check out his Stoked On Youth Ministry post, “What does my senior pastor want from me as a youth leader?


Jeremy Penn

Jeremy Penn is the founder and pastor of The Crowded Network – a network of missional churches that gather in homes, coffee shops, and pubs that engage a post-Christian culture with the Gospel. Prior to launching The Crowded House Network, Jeremy served as a student pastor and young adult minister at Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood, FL. Jeremy graduated from Vennard College in Des Moines, IA with a BA in Youth Ministry and Psychology, he holds a MA in Theological Studies from Talbot School of Theology, and is currently a doctoral student at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jeremy is married to Crystal. Together they are raising their daughter Riley and son Phoenix. Stay up to date with Jeremy’s personal blog and ministry journey at www.thecrowdedhouse.net Check out Jeremy’s Stoked On Youth Ministry Post “3 Practices for Youth Ministry In A Post-Christian World”


Lars Rood

Lars Rood grew up in Washington State and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in Political Science and Secondary Education. The day he graduated he moved to Southern California to work at Forest Home Camp and also became a High School Teacher. After three years doing that and right after marrying Danielle he accepted his first full time youth ministry job at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. Lars graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with an M.Div and a focus on Youth and Family Ministry. He became the Youth Director at BelAir Presbyterian Church. After three kids were born and a couple years in San Diego the Roods moved to Dallas Texas where Lars worked at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and then when he was ordainable he accepted a call to Bellevue Presbyterian Church back where he started in Washington state. Along the way Lars went back to school to George Fox Seminary and received a D.Min in Semiotics and Future Studies. This last year has been one of great discernment and Lars has been led to look in a new direction and see what God might be calling him to do in this next stage of his life. Lars is a pastor/speaker/preacher/professor and author of nine books. Lars also doesn’t take himself too seriously, thinks he sounds a bit boring here and wonders why he has written this whole about page in the third person. 🙂 The Rood’s and their three kids Soren (14), Kaije (12) and Anneliese (10) live in Redmond, WA with their dog Jakob. Check out Lars site at Larsrood.com. Also, check out his Stoked On Youth Ministry post “My Renewed Perspective”

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Jen is a blogger, photographer, and singer who is employed as the creative arts director at a church in Oklahoma. She is passionate about encouraging and walking along side women who feel alone in their journey of ministry while being married to a student pastor. You can check out her site at StuMinWife.com. Also, check out her Stoked On Youth Ministry post “How to stand with your spouse when the enemy attacks


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Nick is a youth ministry veteran and seasoned speaker from Seattle Washington. He has a passion for reaching students and training youth workers. Nick is very involved in connecting youth workers in the Pacific Northwest, check out his site at pacificymleaders.org. Also, check out his Stoked On Youth Ministry post, “He said what to my students?


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Chris is the Middle School Minister at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. He is a veteran youth pastor, ministry mentor, conference trainer, and curriculum author – not to mention an amateur magician and an avid Disney fan. He and his wife Wendy live in Marietta with their two children. You can find Chris on twitter @ChrisTrent | instagram @ChrisTrent | Facebook Trent.Chris. Check out his book Consider This: A Youth Minister’s Guide to Longevity. Also, check out his Stoked On Youth Ministry post, “Transitioning From Summer Youth Ministry to YOUth Ministry