Charlie has worked with students for nearly 20 years in educational and ministry settings. For the last 10 years, Charlie has had the privilege of serving as the middle school youth minister in a thriving Methodist church within a tight community in the Metro Atlanta area. During her time in ministry, Charlie has coached adult volunteers to lead small groups of middle school teens, organized a large middle school ministry worship experience, and led a school-based ministry program. Charlie’s extensive experience with students and families along with her Advance Coaching Certification gives her a unique approach to ministry. Charlie lives with her wildly talented husband Eric and her sometimes snarky but always lovable teenage daughter.
Specialties: Medium-sized church youth ministry, creating small group environments, training volunteers, and developing relational growth with youth
Mark Oestreicher has been involved in church ministry his whole life, particularly with teenagers and youth workers. Marko has had a broad experience working in churches in roles ranging from Junior High Pastor to Executive Pastor. For 11 years, Marko was at Youth Specialties in San Diego, an organization that trains and equips church youth workers – the last 8 of those years as president. Concurrently, Marko was also a part of the leadership team of Zondervan (Grand Rapids, MI).
Marko has authored or contributed to more than 70 books, including the much-talked-about Youth Ministry 3.0. Marko is a partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching for church youth workers.
Marko has been married to Jeannie for 34 years, and has two young adult and children, Riley and Max.