April Diaz


April has pastored at Newsong Church (Irvine, CA) since 2004. Prior to Newsong, she was involved in Willow Creek’s student ministries for 7 years. April is betting everything on the fact that the church exists for the next generation and has intensely developed leaders to love them. She’s on Fuller Youth Institute’s Advisory Council. She speaks and writes frequently on matters of youth ministry, soul care, and leadership. Secretly, she’s a total girlie girl, reads more than she can put into practice, and still drools over her husband of 11 years. Last year, they adopted 2 little ones from Ethiopia and they’re new parents to a biological son. You can follow her parenting journey at:

Danny Kwon


Danny has been serving 21 years in ministry, 18 years leading the youth and family ministry at Yuong Sang Church outside Philadelphia, which places a strong emphasis on family ministry.  He completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, with his dissertation focusing on innovation theory and the emerging paradigm of intergenerational ministry in the local church. He also teaches for the Global Youth and Family Institute.  Along with his love for sports, eating, and making people laugh, he is married to Monica, a family and marriage counselor and professor, and has 3 sons, all of whom are now part of his youth group.

Michelle Lang


Small town Southern girl relocated into the Kingdom! Worked with World Vision, Young Life, Youth for Christ, DC/LA, Urban Youth Workers Institute, Emerald City Outreach Ministries and Seattle Public School System. Singer, Songwriter, Music & Theater Producer; passionate about integrating the performing arts into ministry. Currently Youth & Young Adult Pastor at Church By The Side of the Road in Seattle,WA. Serving in cross-cultural/denominational ministry since 1995 . Regular conference speaker & workshop facilitator.  Single with like 100 kids! Loves Yellow Peeps!

Brooklyn Lindsey


Bio coming soon

Joel Mayward


Joel Mayward is a pastor, writer, husband, and father living in Langley, British Columbia. He’s been leading in youth ministry since he graduated from high school in 2003, and is currently the Pastor of Student Ministries at North Langley Community Church. A writer for numerous youth ministry publications and author of Leading Up: Finding Influence in the Church Beyond Role and Experience, Joel writes about youth ministry, film, theology, and leadership at his blog,

Adam McLane


I’ve done youth ministry my entire adult life. Over the years I’ve held all sorts of positions and roles. I’ve been a volunteer, an intern, an interim youth pastor, a part-time youth pastor, a full-time youth pastor, a mentor to youth pastors, a coach to youth pastors, and even an architect of youth ministries planted in churches. Because a bachelors degree wasn’t enough youth ministry, I pursued a masters in youth ministry. You get the idea? I’m a youth ministry geek. Driven by the idea that youth workers lack a core network for idea sharing, I created an online community with some friends in 2005. That lead me to get to know Marko and YS. Three years later I found myself on staff with some of the most gifted and talented people I’d ever known. Three years after that, I joined Marko at The Youth Cartel, driven by the desire to help youth workers and organizations unleash the next wave of youth ministry innovation. But I’m not all about youth ministry all the time. I’ve been married to Kristen for 15 years, and together we have three kids, Megan (11), Paul (9), and Jackson (2).

Brock Morgan


For six years Brock was a member of the Youth Specialties One-Day national speaking team and has been working with students for over 22 years.  He is a popular speaker for camps, retreats, and conferences and has overseen youth ministries in both big and small churches.  He has written for various magazines and co-authored the book Parent’s Guide to Teenage Guys with Mark Oestreicher.  Currently Brock is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, Connecticut where he lives with his wife Kelsey and their lovely daughter.  You can find out more about him, his writings, and his ministry at or follow him on twitter @brockmorgan

Mark Oestreicher


Mark Oestreicher is a 30-year youth ministry veteran and the former president of Youth Specialties.  Marko has published more than 50 books, including the much-discussed Youth Ministry 3.0.  In 2010, he launched the Youth Ministry Coaching Program and The Youth Cartel, a diverse ministry resourcing organization specializing in helping churches and ministries connect with teenagers, young adults, and youth workers. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife and two teenage children.