About the Institute of Youth Ministry

Princeton Theological Seminary established the Institute for Youth Ministry in 1995, providing the fertile ground where a new conversation about theologically informed youth ministry could take root and flourish. Committed to integrating theology and practice, The Institute for Youth Ministry collaborates with church leaders, congregations, scholars, and adolescents to promote the strategic importance and practice of ministry with young people from early adolescence through college age.  The Institute for Youth Ministry seeks to revitalize ministry with adolescents by helping the church integrate youth ministry into the total mission of the church and by encouraging a theologically rich approach to this ministry.

Princeton Theological Seminary carries out the mission of the Institute for Youth Ministry by initiating and integrating research related to the church's mission with young people, offering doctoral and master's degree programs, and offering an extensive program of leadership development.


IYM Staff

 Bio Image - Chanon Ross Chanon Ross, Director
Chanon has worked in youth and young adult ministry in various capacities for the last ten years. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Midwest, and Northeast. He loves exploring more effective ways of doing youth ministry with people from all backgrounds and denominations. He has an MTS from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. in theology from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Email Chanon
 Oosting 2014 Shari Oosting, Assistant
A native of Michigan and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Shari has worked in capacities including campus ministry, camp ministry, and small groups. She also worked in the financial services industry before joining the IYM staff. She serves as a board member and treasurer for the nonprofit Woman, Cradle of Abundance. Her interests include gardening, reading Dr. Seuss books with her kids, budgeting, and discussions about Jesus, theology and the Bible. Email Shari

Contact Information

Mailing Address
Institute for Youth Ministry
Princeton Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 821 Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

Office Address
Princeton Theological Seminary
Institute for Youth Ministry
108 Stockton St. room #100
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

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