Join us for an amazing time of training, sharing and connection for pastors and lay leaders that work with youth in churches across the Conference.
Youth Worker Academy will be held at Lake Poinsett Camp on May 13-15, 2022. Our guest presenter will be Kenda Creasy Dean of Princeton Theological Seminary.
Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor and the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry and the Farminary. In 2013 she founded Ministry Incubators with fellow youth pastor and serial entrepreneur Mark DeVries to support congregations and communities in faith-based social innovation.
Kenda is the author of numerous books, including Innovating for Love: Joining God’s Expedition through Christian Social Innovation, and Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church (full list below). She hails from a long line of Ohio farmers and Kentucky coal miners, and is a P.K.—a politician’s kid. At 15 she attended a church missions camp on Lake Erie that pretty much changed everything.
A Buckeye by birth, Kenda graduated from Miami University (Ohio), Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC), and Princeton Theological Seminary (New Jersey). She served as a pastor and campus minister in Arlington, VA and College Park, MD before earning her doctorate in 1997. She and her husband Kevin love digging their toes in the sand on the Jersey shore and hanging out with their hilarious grown kids. Find out more on the Princeton Theological Seminary website.