I cannot do this work alone. I know that for a fact because I used to. I have been blessed by great people that have come alongside me over the years. Now I cannot imagine doing this work without them. I can imagine going back to being the only youth pastor in a church, it just doesn't make sense to try to go it alone. The past few weeks have been hectic and I have had to back out of a few events due to my schedule throwing up everywhere. However I know that the work continues in my absence. That is something that wasn't true a few years ago. It is a good feeling to know that everything doesn't depend on one set of shoulders.
this is my team:
Derian is a good friend. We knew each other in Bible College, but it wasn't until we both started work at Youth Unlimited that we really started to bond. We have traveled similar roads and understand each other really well. Often we can communicate without words. When I am weak he is strong. He is known among the youth as the "ass-kicker" because of his direct style of cutting to the truth. I look forward to many more years of ministry together.
Shauna is a woman of great passion. I continue to be impressed how she lives out her faith in the midst of some pretty terrible situations that we encounter. I see her and I get a glimpse of what Jesus was like talking with people.
Kris is the Zombie loving, science fiction, comic book wizard that carry an aura of raw life that is often filtered out by most civilized Christian youth workers. I think that is why I love him so much and I think that is why the youth love him as well.
Carmen is a dear friend that has been involved with Langley Youth Unlimited with me the longest. Starting as an intern she has walked with me through the many changes and challenges of our work. I love having her around on the late night crisis calls. I also had the honor of performing her wedding. yeah we're tight.
I dont have the time to tell you about all those I consider part of my team but dont get paid for it including Tyler, Brad, & April. It is an amazing crew. I love them all.