Youth Workers are our Heroes!
Steve Anderson got his start in youth ministry as a junior high volunteer leading a small group of 7th grade boys. Having survived that experience, he felt God calling him to seminary. He graduated from Denver Seminary in 2000 and has been the Student Ministries pastor at Mountain View Community Church (Frederick, MD) ever since. Steve is decent at basketball, sucks at golf, and is passionate about the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. He and his wife Karen have three sons slowly making their way out of the house. You can find his sons’ music on Spotify (Thomas Austin and Jon Henry) and his personal blog at www.givenenoughcoffee.com
Mathew McCabe started in youth ministry in 1990 quite by accident, but soon discovered this is what he was called to do. He served a small church in Green Bay Wisconsin for 10 years before moving to Portland Oregon for 5 years. He currently serves at Cedarbrook Community Church (Clarksburg, MD), where he has been since 2005. Mathew is decent at golf, has run a handful of marathons (rather slowly) and is a passionate sports fan of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. He and his wife Gina have four children, two boys and two girls. They also have a part-time foster daughter from their student ministry. The older two are swimmers at Messiah College and the younger three are high school students.
If you've ever read stories or seen movies about climbing Mt. Everest, you are familiar with sherpas--those amazing dudes with the big smiles and weathered faces who help climbers reach the summit. As lifetime residents of the mountains, sherpas have a particular set of skills:
They help guide our way
They know the terrain. They know where it's safe to walk and where it's treacherous.
They help carry our burdens
They are servants who share their wisdom and strength to help others achieve their goals.
They help us to keep going
They are acclimatized to the altitude because they've lived here for so long. Their stamina is contagious.
We all need a SHERPA!
Brant Cole is Youth Pastor at Walloon Lake Community Church in Walloon Lake, Michigan. You can find his blog “How to Remove A Leader” on our blog page.
Todd is a youth pastor in California and has been in youth ministry for over a decade. He’s also the founder of a great blog and resource site called stokedonyouthministry.com. You can find his blog “7 Things to be Grateful for” on our blog page.