Joy Riders

The Distillery Season Four

How can the church support young people in a life of faith? Kenda Creasy Dean, Wes Ellis, Justin Forbes, and Abigail Visco Rusert are convinced that joy is essential to youth ministry. In this conversation about their new co-authored book, Delighted: What Teenagers are Teaching the Church About Joy, they discuss what a theology of joy looks like in practice, and lift up the importance of grounding our faith in God’s delight for us.

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Delighted Authors


Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor and the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the author of numerous books on faith and young people. Wesley Ellis is a veteran youth worker and the associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Toms River, New Jersey. Justin Forbes spent 10 years in youth ministry working for Young Life in Florida and is now the director of the Youth Ministry Program at Flagler College. Abigail Visco Rusert is the director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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