Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
St. Simons Island, GA
January 28-31, 2013


Emily J. Anderson is into her 14th year as Pastor/Head of Staff at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Emily is a long-term veteran of youth ministry and served on the initial design team for the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry. She now resurfaces occasionally at Forums to learn from the experts in the field. In her spare time, Emily is a hiker and enthusiastic-but-terrible golfer, and is the human belonging to two opinionated Welsh Terriers named Tanner and Gracie. Preacher and Faculty


Shane Berg is assistant professor New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his MDiv at Princeton Seminary and his PhD from Yale University. In his teaching and research, Dr. Berg strives to read the New Testament faithfully and well by paying special attention to its context in ancient Jewish culture and thought. His first book, a technical study of concepts of revelation in the Dead Sea Scrolls, is due out sometime in 2013. He is currently working on a more popular book that will explore the origins and rise of the idea of "scripture" in ancient Judaism and earliest Christianity. Lecturer


Benjamin Conner has worked with youth for twenty years and currently runs a ministry to adolescents with developmental disabilities in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has taught courses at Union Presbyterian Seminary and at Memphis Theological Seminary through the Center for Youth Ministry Training in the areas of Church History, Christian Education and Mission and is the author of two books: Practicing Witness: A Missional Vision of Christian Practices (Eerdmans) and Amplifying Our Witness: Giving Voice to Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities (Eerdmans). Faculty


Neema Cyrus-Franklin is the director of communications for 106 churches and 25 immigrant fellowships of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. For more than 20 years, Cyrus-Franklin has provided leadership in youth ministry, camp and conference ministry, and mission for the national, regional and local levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (M.Div/M.A.). Neema loves spending time watching movies with her husband Victor Cyrus-Franklin and discovering culinary delights with her two children, Victor III and Nhani Simone. Faculty


Fred Edie is associate professor for the practice of Christian Education at Duke Divinity School. He was also principal architect for Duke's Youth Academy for Christian Formation, a residential program for high school students focused on worship, theology, and vocation. More recently he helped establish and regularly teaches in Duke's new masters program in youth ministry. Edie is a United Methodist pastor from southeast Georgia. Together with his wife Alison, also a member of the faculty at Duke, he is parent to two semi-adult children and one not even remotely adult dog. He enjoys running, cycling, and other forms of outdoor work and play. Edie's current project explores the senses of a "forming imagination." Theologian-in-Residence


Troy Hauser Brydon has been the Associate Pastor at St. Simons Presbyterian Church on St. Simons Island, GA, since 2007. His ministry has focused on mission, discipleship, and cultural and biblical studies. In addition to a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, Troy holds a Master of Arts in American Culture Studies. Faculty


Marti Reed Hazelrigg is a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has served congregations in Mississippi, New Jersey and North Carolina and has more than 20 years of experience in youth ministry and Christian education. Marti is a staff consultant for Youth Ministry and Children’s Ministry Architects and has written for the Thoughtful Faculty


David LaMotte is an award winning songwriter, a children’s book author, and itinerate peace activist. He co-founded PEG Partners, Inc., which supports school and library projects in Guatemala and continues to lead PEG as a volunteer. In 2008 LaMotte was awarded a Rotary World Peace Fellowship by Rotary International, allowing him to pursue a master’s degree in Peace Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He has returned to limited touring while writing, and working with the NC Council of Churches as their Program Associate for Peace. He also recently began a three-year term on the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Committee for the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee). Faculty and offering a Concert


Scott Neely has served as the Director of Youth and Arts Ministries at Alamance Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC for the past 10 years. Additional titles he would put on his name tag include being a fine arts painter, musician, biker, kayaker, husband and most importantly a father to Miles and Kennedy. Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.” Scott says, “We don’t really have to grow up, right?” Musician, Worship Leader, and Artist


Rodger Nishioka holds the Benton Family Chair in Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary. As a tenured faculty member in an endowed chair, this means he will continue to be paid even after Jesus comes again. While teaching in the broad areas of Practical Theology and Christian Education, he focuses much of his research and energy on the Church’s ministry with youth and young adults. Rodger believes that when God is at God’s most energetic and authentic best, middle schoolers are the result. The son of an honorably retired Presbyterian pastor, Rodger is proof that you can be a pastor’s kid and still love Jesus and the Church. Lecturer


Stephen Rankin is the author of Aiming at Maturity: the Goal of the Christian Life (Cascade [Wipf and Stock], 2011). After a number of years in congregational ministry, he began working in higher education in 1995 as a professor and chaplain. Believing that "pedagogy is discipleship," he focuses most of his ministry on developing young leaders through integrative teaching/learning experiences. He is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. Stephen is married to Joni and they have four children and two grandchildren. Theologian-in-Residence


Rich Richards is the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Alamance Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC. He has served in youth, recreation, music and creative arts ministries in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over 10 years. Rich was the author of the 2010 Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) Small Group Manual and for the 2013 PYT, will be co-authoring the manual with this wife, Rev. Grier Booker Richards. He enjoys rowing, cycling, cooking and “kickin’ it” with friends. Rich and Grier live in Greensboro, NC with their son, Olsen. Musician, Worship Leader, and Artist


Chanon Ross is Coordinator for the Connections Project, a four-year Lilly Endowment initiative at the Institute for Youth Ministry. Chanon has also served as director of youth and young adult ministry at Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois and as a mentor to youth and youth ministry fellows with the Duke Youth Academy. When he's not working with youth pastors, he loves being with youth. Chanon earned his PhD from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has written for The Christian Century, The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, and various journals. His forthcoming book Gifts Glittering and Poisoned: Spectacle, Empire, and Metaphysics is part of the Veritas Series from the Center of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Nottingham. Faculty


Nathaniel Scott (Nat) is the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry at Saint Simons Presbyterian Church where he has served since 2005. With bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Nat worked as a potter in Tennessee and Georgia. Through a faithful and loving community, Nat discerned a call to youth ministry. He has served two congregations and is involved in his local Presbytery, leading conferences and retreats. With more than 20 years in youth ministry, Nat has a deep love for youth and children and enjoys the rewarding task of helping them navigate the exciting yet turbulent waters of adolescence. He is married to Jamie and together they have one son, Ryan and two miniature dachshunds. Faculty


Patricio Wilson is the Senior Pastor of Christ Family Church, a 13-year-old church plant located in Cary, North Carolina. Pat is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA and has served in youth ministry for 12 of his 25 years in ministry. Pat has a practical style of ministry that allows people of all ages to understand the word of God and apply it to their lives. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv.) and earned the Certificate in Youth and Theology. He has also served on the IYM Advisory Council, helping to chart its course in its early years. Pat is married to his college sweetheart Mia, and together they have four beautiful children. Maya, James, Christa, and Joi. Preacher