St. Paul, MN | Feb 21-22, 2014

Please join us February 21-22, 2014 at the Holiday Inn and Suites for the Youth Leaders Summit. An event to encourage, equip, and empower those who work with students!

Youth Leaders Summit is for youth workers of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, theological heritages, and employment statuses. Full-time, part-time, volunteer, and everything in between. It's for your whole youth ministry team no matter how big or small. It's for youth workers who need to get away and recharge. It's for veterans who need to be reaffirmed in their calling. In short, if you love students than Youth Leaders Summit is for you.

Meet Our Speakers

We’ll be announcing more speakers as we get closer to the conference.

Austin Walker


Over the years Austin Walker has held many positions within ministry and the church. He was the loud student in (many) small groups, a confirmation leader, small group volunteer, worship leader, Campus Crusade for Christ leader, grounds keeper, sidewalk shoveler, preacher, teacher, intern, coach to youth workers, consultant to youth departments, part time youth worker, camp dean, camp counselor, speaker at various middle school & high school events, and is currently the full time Director of Student Ministries and Director of the Overflow young adult worship service at Hastings United Methodist Church in Hastings, MN.

Calli Walker

I've always had a strong passion and love for ministry. I loved being a part of youth ministry when I was a student, camping ministry, college ministry, youth ministry as a director and now a ministry partner to my uh and Austin. My current and most important ministry is being a wife to Austin and a mom to our 2 boys Emerson (5) and Silas (3). Being a youth ministry spouse is a role that I secretly wanted (I always wanted to marry a youth pastor when I was growing up) but when my dreams became reality life changed in ways I didn't expect. I can't wait to come along side other ministry spouses and make it a journey we travel together.

Adam Weber


Adam Weber lives in Sioux Falls (that’s in South Dakota) where he’s the lead pastor of a church called Embrace. He’s married to his beautiful wife Becky and has 3 kids: Hudson, Wilson, & Grayson. Dude is crazy blessed. Embrace is a 6-year-old church that has grown to 1,300+ in weekly attendance, and is still growing. In 2013, Embrace was listed as the 4th fastest growing church in America according to Outreach Magazine. So much more than that, we’re seeing people come to know the Lord and God is changing lives. People are getting connected with others, being the hands and feet of Christ, and growing deeper in their walk with the Lord.

Jason Gant


Jason Gant is the West Campus Pastor at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. Resurrection is the largest United Methodist Church in America and reaches thousands of people each weekend. Before Jason came to serve as campus pastor at the west campus he led the rezlife student ministries team reaching over 1200 students and their families. This was made most evident in the launching of the vibe worship service at Resurrection, which quickly became one of the fastest growing worship services. He has been a leading voice across the nation in next generation ministry speaking at conferences and Churches. He has authored books, curriculum, and teaching videos through Abingdon Press and Nazarene Publishing House. Jason is passionate about building Christian community and equipping disciples for God's mission. Jason is married to Scharme and they have two daughters.

Andrew Anderson


Pastor Andrew Anderson is the founding and Lead Pastor of Illumination Church. Originally from Oregon, Andrew and his family moved in June, 2010 to pursue an opportunity to do life and ministry with people from all over the SouthMetro area of Minneapolis. Andrew is a graduate of Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry, and has been involved in the local church as a Pastor for 17 years. During Andrew’s time in ministry, he has worked with all ages including 11 years as a Youth Pastor, 3 years as a College Pastor, and has been an instrumental part of teaching teams, worship bands, small group ministries, and more. Pastor Andrew is a member evangelist with Luis Palau and the Next Generation Alliance and is a sought after speaker, ministry consultant and leader. Passionate about making Jesus’ name famous and changing the way people view God, Andrew is committed to leading a church of devoted sojourners dedicated to being real and relevant in reaching people with the light of Christ.

Tim Spark

Tim had his eyes opened to his need for Christ while in college and after graduation he joined staff with Cru to minister to students. Currently, he gives leadership to college movements in and near Grand Forks, ND. Tim has been married to Casey for nine years and they are blessed to have three rambunctious boys.

Casey Spark

Casey has been on staff with Cru for 12 years, ministering to college students at both St. Cloud State University and now the University of North Dakota. She has been married to Tim for almost 10 years and they have three boys: Carter (5), Cooper (4) and Crosby (2). Her involvement on campus has changed with the addition of each child but she is still able to disciple women and be involved in various ways. Her main ministry though is at home, serving Tim and teaching and training her young boys.

Tim Stanley

Tim Stanley has been serving young people over the last 10 years in a variety of settings. He has served as a youth pastor, outreach pastor, high school teacher in the Dominican Republic, and is currently serving as an area director with Young Life in Hastings, Minnesota. He is married to his amazing wife Laura and they have two little guys, Abram and Josiah.

Jack Youso

While interning at a church 4 years ago Jack Youso had his career plans changed in a matter of weeks. He was planning on going into business but instead The Lord had a better idea. Switching to youth ministry Jack has worked in many different roles since then, and went on to get a bachelors degree from Northwestern College (St. Paul) in Youth and Family Studies. Jack interned for 3 three years with Hastings United Methodist Church, co-lead a week long middle school camp and is currently involved with YoungLife and ministry at Hastings UMC. He just married his church camp crush back in May and they live in St. Paul, MN.

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