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Justin Herman

Controlled Chaos Podcast Host

Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston

Controlled Chaos Podcast Host

Jay Higham

Jay Higham

Controlled Chaos Blog Manager

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You have ONE job.

Well, actually you have about thirty jobs.


And that’s just to name a few.

The problem? Balancing all of these jobs can take you away from your most important job: Being the ONE.

The ONE who leads. The ONE who influences. The ONE who connects with… The ONE who changes the lives of your students.

There’s only ONE you who can do that job.

That’s where we come in.

We’re XP3 Students.

And we’re a team that also has ONE job:
To help you do what only YOU can do. To help you be the ONE.

Think of us as your behind the scenes team taking care of all the other stuff that stands in the way of you doing your most important job.

Series graphics? Done and done. Parent emails? Written and ready to go. Background playlists? Already cued up? Social media plan? Check! Encouragement for your Small Group Leaders?

All of this (and more!) will shrink your to-do list so you can do this:

Be YOU. Be the ONE.

After all, there’s only ONE you. And we want to help you do what only YOU can do.


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Our goal is to provide an affordable education to raise up as many servant-leaders for the church as possible.

We believe so completely in what our students can do for Christ that we want to equip them with a quality education at an affordable price to keep their future ministry from being burdened by financial stress. That is why we have been providing the Full-Tuition Scholarship since 2001.


Dedicated disciples who know God’s word and serve His kingdom

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Our Youth & Family Ministry students examine social trends that affect today’s families and youth ministry. They evaluate youth ministry models, products, and resources that build the youth ministry of a local congregation.


Justin Herman

Justin Herman is the Founder and Host of the the Controlled Chaos Podcast.

Justin serves as the Youth Network Supervisor for Sandals Church with 9 campuses across the inland empire in California.

He has been in youth ministry for 13 years getting hist start in Buffalo NY, through Missouri for college at Central Christian College of the Bible, to a great small church in Huntington Beach and a great big church in Irvine.

When he’s not writing, speaking or doing awesome youth worker things he is creating memories with his wife and kids. He loves to vacation; do social media things; and one day hopes to be the dead body in TV show.

He lives in Riverside, Calif., with his wife, Brittany, and their two small kids, Beckett and Cannon.

Get in touch with Justin @HeyJustinHerman on instagram, twitter and FB.

Jay Higham

Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 25 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently the Student Ministry Director at Hickory Church, located in Western PA. Jay has been married to Amy for 20 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, an avid YouTuber/vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training with youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.

Todd Jones

As a pastor, author, speaker, and coach, Todd has a passion for reaching people for Christ and guiding them into a real relationship with Him. Over the last 12 years, Todd has devoted himself to raising up and empowering a generation of students to change the world for Christ. Todd is the founder of as well as a regular contributor, author, and speaker for various ministry companies.  He is currently the middle school pastor at Cornerstone Fellowship in the East Bay, CA.  When Todd is not writing or speaking he enjoys surfing, baseball and most importantly hanging out with his awesome wife and three beautiful daughters. You can connect with Todd on Twitter @TheTodd_Jones, Instagram @Todd_Jones or for speaking inquiries visit

Matt Bollmann

My name is Matt Bollmann. I am the Student Pastor at Hope City Church, a church plant in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have been doing youth ministry as a whole for about ten years at a volunteer level, as an internship, and now as a volunteer Student Pastor at the church plant I’m at now. Over the past ten years I have gained valuable leadership skills and learned a lot through the pastors I worked under in youth ministry. Outside of church, I love watching football, baseball and basketball. I love all things Cincinnati, which include Skyline Chili, Graeters Ice Cream, and the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals!
Scott Huff

Scott Huff is the Student Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.

Scott is an author for Download Youth Ministry and a speaker for Student Life Camps, FUGE Camps, and Disciple Now weekends.

You can follow Scott on Twitter & Instagram: @scotthuff

Kristen Carter

I serve as the Junior High Pastor at Mariners Church South County.

I am passionate about empowering students, loving well, and leadership development.

I have been doing junior high ministry for 11 years and LOVE it. I am privileged to hold a Youth Ministry degree and an MDiv from Azusa Pacific University.

I desire to see junior higher shave a place to belong, fall in love with Jesus, and find their place in the church.


Justin Herman is the Founder and Host of the the Controlled Chaos Podcast.

Justin serves as the Youth Network Supervisor for Sandals Church with 9 campuses across the inland empire in California.

He has been in youth ministry for 13 years getting hist start in Buffalo NY, through Missouri for college at Central Christian College of the Bible, to a great small church in Huntington Beach and a great big church in Irvine.

When he’s not writing, speaking or doing awesome youth worker things he is creating memories with his wife and kids. He loves to vacation; do social media things; and one day hopes to be the dead body in TV show.

He lives in Riverside, Calif., with his wife, Brittany, and their two small kids, Beckett and Cannon.

Get in touch with Justin @HeyJustinHerman on instagram, twitter and FB.


Scott founded The Unwritten Pages in the summer of 2017.

He currently serves as the Student Pastor at Church at the Cross in Orlando, FL.

Scott has been ministering to students for over 15+ years where he has had the privilege of sharing the gospel with students (6-12th grade) while helping them become Men and Women of God.  

Scott is an experienced and energetic teacher/preacher of the Bible and enjoys sharing the gospel with everyone.

Insta and Twitter: Scott__Talley
Insta and Twitter: theunwritten_
Michael Yoder
In its basic form, I help people share story.

I speak/teach, help people create podcasts, and create websites for people.

I walk along side of people and encourage them to live a story that is worth sharing. I help others lean into what that looks like for them.

So, a lot of my days are spent meeting with people over coffee and helping people dream. I’ve found that most people have a story they are longing to create or be a part of, but often they need help getting there. That’s what I do. I help people live into their story.
Twitter – @michaelyoder81
IG – @michaelyoder81
Facebook @michaelyoder81
Sara Galyon


Scott Pittman

Scott Pittman is currently serving as the Middle School Pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego County. He has been a middle school pastor for over 20 years and has a passion to see middle school students develop a faith of their own. Scott is a native Californian who grew up in Santa Maria CA and currently lives in San Diego with his wife Carla and 2 fur buddies. He first got his love for middle school ministry by working at Hume Lake Christian Camp as a summer counseling staff.

He got his undergrad degree in youth ministry at San Diego Christian College and a Masters in Pastoral Care from Bethel Seminar. He enjoys networking with other youth workers and helping churches develop a healthy and consistent youth ministry that fits the culture of their church. 

Social media link:

Chris Hargrove
Chris Hargrove is the Middle School Pastor at Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville, GA.
He loves working with middle schoolers and the crazinesss that comes with it. He is passionate about seeing students take their next step in their relationship with Christ, talking student ministry, and networking with other youth workers!
He is married to his wife Carrie and have two children. When time allows, you can catch Chris quoting The Office or watching Parks and Rec for the 74st time.
Social Media
April Wahl
Growing up in North Dakota, I always had big dreams of leaving and  living anywhere but here.  I still long for warm weather and beaches, especially when its -30 degrees in the middle of January.  But as a friend once told me, the Middle is a great place to be. I’m a Middle School pastor in the Middle of North Dakota, in the Middle of the Midwest, in the Middle of North America, and I love Middle School students. I love people who love Middle School students.  I think they’re some of the best people in the universe.  Because my Middle years weren’t so great, I desire to be that voice cheering on Middle Schoolers today that they got this, that they’re loved, that they’re worth it, and they have so much to offer the world.
Social Media Links & Website: 
—The blog I’m working on transferring everything over from to the website is
Ronald Long

Ronald Long has been in student ministry for 10+ years. He’s currently the middle school pastor at Wayside Chapel in San Antonio, TX.

He has spoken to hundreds of students with Fuge camps and at some pretty awesome DNOW weekends. He’s the host of the Talking Squirrels Middle School ministry podcast and author of a ton of Bible study resources on the Download Youth Ministry website.

He married way out of his league to a beautiful and strong girl named Bekah. They’ve got three daughters.

Find him @ronald_long on twitter and @ronaldglong on instagram.

Chase McCartney
Chase McCartney and his wife, Keely, have been married since 2012. They currently serve as Middle School Youth Pastors at East River Fellowship in Hillsboro, OR. They have been serving in youth ministry together for over five years. Chase was a devout atheist until he was 20 years old when he radically met the Lord through a stuttering preacher in Dallas, Texas. In High School, Chase wrote and sold anti-Christian literature to his peers, and at a bookstore in Portland, Oregon. Now Chase’s passion is to see a younger generation walk out in their true identities as lovers and worshipers of God, and display His love authentically and powerfully through miracles, signs, and wonders.
Instagram: @mrchase_
Ryan Schmall
Ryan Schmall is the Director of Family Ministries at Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church in Palm Desert, CA.
He’s passionate about helping people deepen their relationship with Jesus through unique experiences. He’s been married to his wife Jeanette for 11 years, and together they have three beautiful daughters. Ryan is also a shameless Marvel fanboy with a Marvel Funko Pop! collection to prove it.
Social Media:
Twitter: @iamryanschmall
Instagram: @iamryanschmall
Mark Oestreicher

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 60 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’s blog.

Marko has been married to Jeannie for 26 years, and has two teenage children, Liesl and Max.


Erik Williams
Husband of 1, Father of 4. Erik has been in youth ministry for over 25 years.  Author of Y is for Youth Worker and co-author of Inside Out Youth Worker.
He loves to surf, play games with his family, be creative, apple technology, occasionally busts out some of his old breakdancing moves and loves the thrill of anything that makes your stomach drop. Born in Germany in a military family he has lived all over the US and in Norway.
He speaks 4 languages (if you count Canadian as a language) and absolutely loves youth ministry. He is currently the middle school pastor at Southwest Church in the Coachella Valley in Southern California (the face of the sun).
He’s a 7, ID, ENFP, etc. but won’t be pigeonholed. Mostly what he loves is Jesus and being with people…and the Red Sox.
Twitter: @erikwilliams
Insta: @erikwithak
Jason Matthews

Jason Matthews is a youth pastor in Washington State, where he’s been serving students for over 20 years.

When he doesn’t have to be in the office, he loves to be outside with his family, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest.  He also loves to network with other youth workers.

You can connect with Jason on Facebook, Twitter@pjmatthews77,Instagram (@wearethebreak)where he’ll often post on life and youth ministry.

Ayren Nelson

Ayren Nelson is a Middle School Ministry Coordinator at Hope Community Church in Raleigh, NC. Originally from New Orleans, LA, he has spent the past few years traveling across the US working directly with Middle Schoolers in a variety of contexts in hopes to see them come to fully recognize the active power and love of Jesus Christ in their lives. He has spent time as a student volunteer, adult volunteer, intern, part-timer and currently serves as a full-time youth worker. Ayren’s favorite part of the middle school ministry is developing student leaders to do the work of the Kingdom TODAY! When he is not spending time with middle schoolers, he probably playing a game of Madden, mowing through a box of Little Debbie’s Swiss Rolls, or convincing one of his close friends to get a tattoo. 

Social Media Links:

Facebook: Ayren Mikal Nelson –

Instagram: @ayrenelson –

Kevin Libick
I’m a 20 year student ministry veteran with most of that time spent in direct ministry to middle schoolers. Currently, I serve as the student pastor Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX where I oversee a multicampus student team. I get a special thrill out of equipping and encouraging other youth workers. When I’m not doing ministry you can find me traveling with my wife, Kara, and son, Knox. My other passion is BBQ, so I’m always game for checking out a new BBQ joint or staying up all night hanging out by a smoker. I’ve also been known to make my own bacon.
Social Media:
Facebook= Kevin Libick
instagram= @kevinlibick
Gemma Dunning

Rev. Gemma Dunning is an ordained Baptist Minister, Movement Advocate for Frontier Youth Trust and small group leader. She is based in London, UK, close to the 2012 Olympic Park, with her family (although their athletic skills peak at a game of Uno).

Gemma’s undergrad and postgrad studies are in applied theology with specialisms in youth and community ministry and Baptist formation. She has ministered within a wide range of contexts, often, she finds herself called to the margins alongside those who are excluded, rejected or oppressed and outside of the church walls.

Committed to seeing young people thrive Gemma is a contributor to ‘4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers’, cheerleader to other youth practitioners and is always advocating for great youth work practice. She is passionate about liberation, solidarity, craftivism and cake and often found on the naughty step.

Twitter: @gemmadunning



Mathew Young

Mathew Young serves as a Campus Pastor with The Church at Chapelhill. Before moving into this role he was the Central Student Pastor overseeing middle and high school ministry between four locations.

He and his wife have three children and live in Georgia.

Instagram: @mathewyoung_me
Twitter: @Mathewyoung_me
Facebook: /Mathewyoungme
Hannah Juanta

Hey, Hi, How are you? Has anyone heard of a little city in the south of Australia called Adelaide?

Well, that’s where I’m from! RADelaide is known for a few different things, but one of those is that it’s dubbed ‘the city of churches’ – mostly because of some beautiful old buildings – but I think it’s pretty great that I get to workfor a church in a city that has that claim to fame!

Edwardstown Baptist Church is my church family, and I’m the Youth Director on staff. I’m lucky enough to be freed up to work in a paid position 2 days a week to facilitate our youth gathering every Friday night of the school term. We have a Core Team of 6 who are responsible for different arms of the ministry, but we are crazy-blessed to have 30-odd leaders who volunteer their time, passions and skills for the next generations!

But who am I? Well, I’m a wife to an Australian-born Filipino and I’m the mama to one sassy, imaginative and beautiful 2.5-year-old daughter. I never planned on working in the youth ministry field – I did my tertiary study in totally different fields! However, God opened the right doors and so for the last 5 years I’ve been a part of the team at EBC. I get by on coffee and my verses for 2018 and our ministry can be found in Psalm 23 where David acknowledges that God is his shepherd and he doesn’t need a single thing! There is so much freedom in these passages and it’s my hope that this year, my leaders and I truly rely on God’s ability to fill everyone of our needs – personally, but at iYouth as well!

I would love to connect with you and hear about you and your ministries too! You can check us out online at chuck me an email at head to Instagram and scroll through what we get up to at iYouth – @ebciyouth or Facebook –

😊thanks for stopping by!

Aaron Coon

Aaron Coon grew up as a pastors kid in Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Wisconsin. Aaron graduated from Kentucky Christian University in 2016 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry. He currently works as the Youth Minister at Greenup Christian Church in Greenup, Kentucky.

On his days off, Aaron can be found drinking coffee with his wife and exploring the hills of Eastern Kentucky.


The Honest Youth Pastor

The Honest Youth Pastor is a founding member of the Honest Pastor community on Twitter. Since 2015, the Honest Youth Pastor has been using the outlet of Twitter to be open and honest about the struggles of being a pastor in the 21st century. This account has become a way for Youth Pastor’s all over the world to live more honestly, anonymously.

Nick Ballard
Nick is the Next Gen Pastor at Harvester Christian Church in St. Charles, MO, which is outside of St. Louis. He has been in full-time student ministry since 2005, and spent 6 years at Westerville Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio right after college. Nick graduated from John Brown University in Arkansas in 2004. He’s also been married since 2004, and been a father since 2011 (2 beautiful girls). He has a deep love for sports, in particular, the Colts, Indiana Hoosier basketball, and Ohio State Football, and is a huge Cubs fan living in Cardinals territory. Nick got his pilots license when he was 19, and really enjoys traveling. He loves student ministry, and he loves the local church. Nick is passionate for churches to invest in the Next Generation today for the health of the church tomorrow.
Twitter:  @nicksville
Instagram:  @nickyb00
Joe Crabb

Joe has been on staff at Woodside, a 14 campus, multi-site church in the Metro Detroit are for 15 years in all sorts of roles from Student Intern to Lead Student Pastor to “Hey the Student Guy can tell some jokes at the Staff Christmas Party”. Throughout those 15 years, Joe has served & lead within Middle School ministry in some capacity.

Joe also hosts the Multi-Multi podcast in which they talk through the multitude of exciting and difficult dynamics that arise in multi-site student ministry. He’s loved being able to connect & grow through his conversations with other guys and gals out there doing the same!

His love for his wife, Robin, and daughter, Virginia run deep and he is blessed in every measure to be a part of what God is doing at Woodside.


Personal: Twitter  Instagram


Multi-Multi Podcast: iTunes  Soundcloud Twitter  Instagram  Facebook

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Todd Pearage

Todd was born and raised in northeastern PA and became a Christian at an early age. He is a 22-year veteran of youth ministry and is currently the Student Pastor at New Hanover UMC.

He and his wife, Lynda, both graduated from Cairn University, and together they have three children, Brianna, Caleb, and Addyson.

Todd is a contributing author for Download Youth Ministry and loves networking with other youth pastors. He’s a huge fan of Apple products, chocolate chip cookies, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Social Media: @toddpearage (twitter and instagram)

Sean Lord
Sean can be summed up by his 4 loves: Jesus, his wife Anna, Chick fil a, and the Anaheim Ducks. He’s been in Student Ministry for the past 10 years, ranging from 6th grade to Young Adults. He’s currently the Junior High Pastor at CCV in San Dimas, CA. Nothing excites him more than connecting Students with caring Adults and sharing them the Gospel.

Social Media Link:

Can follow our Student Ministry at:
Courtnie Dowdy

Courtnie Dowdy is an energetic, relational, and dynamic speaker from Southern California. Currently, Courtnie serves in Santa Ana, California shepherding middle school students. She finds joy in helping others discover all of who God is, and all of who He says they are. A ton of her time is given to pursuing her Master of Arts in Biblical Exposition at Talbot Seminary, but it surely doesn’t keep her from thriving at Disneyland, dancing at any + all concerts, mildly reckless bouldering, or her great hunt for the best breakfast burrito in Orange County.


Bobby Benavides

Bobby Benavides is currently the lead pastor of New Community Elkins, a church plant in Elkins,WV. Prior to planting New Community, Bobby was involved in youth ministry for over 17 years in several different positions. He was a senior leader for WyldLIFE in Glendora, CA, a youth pastor for several churches, and a Youth Development Specialist for World Vision-Appalachia. He loves student ministry, and wants to see those who serve youth, grow in their leadership, as well as see students come to a deeper understanding of their relationship with Jesus Christ. He lives in Elkins with his wife Natasha, and three children, Liam, Norah, and Jude. He is also the author of Made For More: A Journey of Discovery and Purpose.

Social Media:

 Twitter: @bobben74

Instagram: @bobby_benavides

Facebook: Bobby Benavides (@acalltoreconcile)



Taylor Brown

Taylor is the director of CIY’s MIX program – a four-day summer conference for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. He leads the team of creative individuals who write films, interactive stage elements, dramas, and engaging worship moments in order to help junior high students hear Christ’s call to become Kingdom Workers. Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry and Preaching from Johnson University. Prior to joining CIY he was the youth minister at Christian Church of Loudon County in Knoxville, TN. He also previously served on the teaching team at Crossings in Knoxville. Taylor is married to Shaylea, who he says is his favorite human being, and they have a daughter named Gwendolyn.


Scott Osborne


Scott Osborne – Student pastor at Renovation Church in Portage, MI. for middle school through young adults.  Passionate about connecting students to Jesus and the image God created them in.  Feel free to contact him at
Really no other links in my arsenal.  Stopped personally blogging awhile back because I was writing a few others and it was more of a thing for family anyways.  My socials are just pictures of family and things that are happening in my life, but not necessarily ministry related topics.

Kurtis Vanderpool


Kurtis currently lives in Lubbock, Texas with his wife (who is too good for him) and his Husky (also too good for him). He spends most of his time reading, thinking, or writing about life, faith, love, and the joys/struggles of being human. He owns his own video business and lives on a healthy diet of water, coffee, theology, and being silly. You can connect with Kurtis and join the conversation at:
– @kdvanderpool on Twitter
– kurtisvanderpool on Instagram
– and find his video work at

Kerry Ray


For over 25 years Kerry (or K-Ray as many call him) has been living out a calling for student ministry through working with high schoolers and middle schoolers as a student pastor, itinerate speaker, consultant and mentor to youth workers in churches of various sizes and denominations. He is passionate about educating parents on youth culture, adolescent development and training youth ministry volunteers. As a student ministry veteran and a student of youth culture, he believes that while each generation experiences its own unique set of difficulties, it is the constant truth of Christ that continues to transform lives from sin and self to lives of reckless obedience. Kerry and his wife, Stefanie, along with their children, Madison and Brooks, live in Cincinnati, Ohio where he serves as the Senior Director of Student Ministries for Vineyard Cincinnati Church.




Seth Tyler

Seth Tyler is a student minister in West Central Illinois. Seth has been working in ministry since starting his college career in 2001. He first started working with students in the classroom setting as a Middle School Teacher at a Christian Academy for a couple years before diving into full-time church ministry. Seth began his work in Illinois when he was invited to come and jumpstart a student ministry that was in need of some new life and direction.  Seth has worked in larger city churches and rural community churches throughout the Midwest.  He loves hanging with his family: wife Carol, sons Blake and Rhett. He also enjoys coffee, hunting, running, playing any type of sport, woodworking and the Kansas City Chiefs & Kansas City Royals!




Scott Keesee

Scotty is the Youth Lead for Sandals Church Woodcrest in Riverside, CA. He has been doing student ministry for both Jr. High and High School students for over 8 years. His start was in Jr. High ministry where God confirmed his call to work with students. Scotty is married with his beautiful wife Mandy who he met during his time in college and has the cutest tank of a baby named Owen (peep his insta to see for yourself). Scotty is passionate about seeing youth workers win with students and does what he can to pour into leaders every chance he gets.


Social media links:

Instagram: scak_keesee

RJ McCauley


My name is RJ McCauleyand I am the Student Ministries Pastor at Magnolia Church in Riverside, CA. Over the last fifteen years, I have served in youth ministry as a volunteer, leader, counselor, mentor, coach, and teacher. I have an unrivaled passion for Jesus, and a relentless pursuit to share the Bible with the next generation. I love spending time at the beach, visiting local coffee shops, playing sports, and going to Disneyland with my wife and daughter.


Social Media links:

Instagram/Twitter = @rj_mccauley

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