Sticky Faith Speakers
Kara Eckmann Powell, PhD
Dr. Kara E. Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. She completed her PhD in Practical Theology from Fuller Seminary in 2000, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary in 1994, and a BA from Stanford University in 1991. In addition to her roles at Fuller Seminary, Kara currently serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. Named by Christianity Today as one of "50 Women You Should Know", Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books and curriculum guides, including Sticky Faith (parent and youth leader editions and parent and student curriculum, 2011-2012), Essential Leadership (2010), Deep Justice Journeys (2009), Deep Justice in a Broken World (2008), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006), Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum (2001, rev 2009), Help! I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry (2004), and Mirror, Mirror (2003). Kara speaks across the country at events for youth workers, parents, and students.
Chap Clark, PhD
Chap Clark (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Associate Provost for Strategic Projects at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and President of Foothill Community Ministries, Inc., the parent organization for the ParenTeen and HURT Seminars. His responsibilities at Fuller include overseeing all seven of Fuller's Regional Campuses; speaking, writing and consulting on behalf of the institution; and is also chair of department and director of Doctor of Ministry and Ph.D. programs in Youth, Family, and Culture. Chap is also the Senior Editor of YouthWorker Journal. When not at Fuller, Chap and his wife, Dee, live in Gig Harbor, WA and have three children, 29, 26, and 23. Chap's diverse history, training and background, coupled with his authentic and warm style and use of humor, have won Chap the ability to speak to all ages, groups, organizations, and backgrounds. Chap has written twenty-one books and dozens of articles, most recently Sticky Faith (Parent edition, with Kara Powell) and Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers.
Brad M. Griffin, MDiv
Brad Griffin serves as the Associate Director for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). Brad holds a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Youth, Family, and Culture from Fuller and a BA in Psychology from Asbury College. Brad coordinates FYI’s research efforts, leads workshops, develops resources, manages FYI’s online presence, consults with youth workers, and manages the private foundation grants of FYI. He has co-authored Sticky Faith (youth leader edition and student curriculum, 2011), Deep Justice Journeys (2009), and has authored or co-authored articles for the FYI E-Journal, Immerse Journal and YouthWorker Journal, as well as chapters in Middle School Ministry (2009), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006) and Halos and Avatars (2010). A native Kentuckian, Brad now lives in Pasadena with his wife Missy and their three children. After 15 years in youth ministry, he now volunteers in ministry at Mountainside Communion.
Cheryl A. Crawford, PhD
Cheryl A. Crawford holds a PhD in practical theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and serves as Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Azusa, CA. She also serves as Director of Youth Ministry at APU. Cheryl brings over 30 years of church and parachurch youth ministry experience to the table, as well as a theological perspective informed by the social sciences. Her research, writing, and speaking has focused on adolescent faith and spiritual development, updated most recently in Sticky Faith (Youth Leader edition, co-authored with Kara Powell and Brad Griffin). She consults with local high school administrators during the academic year, is a member of the preaching team at Christ Our King Church in Azusa, and serves as Camp Pastor at Camp Brookwoods/Deer Run during the summers in New Hampshire.
Megan Hutchinson, MA
Energetic, passionate and a littly nutty are words which best describe Megan. She’s a wife, mom, minister, national speaker and author. She’s been a youth minister for 20+ years, which included 8+ years at Saddleback Church where she ran an 8-step program she co-authored called Life Hurts – God Heals, selling internationally. She also wrote I Want to Talk to my Teen about Addictions and Secret Survivors. She is currently a youth pastor at The Following. Megan and her husband have two super sweet kids they totally dig. A Fuller graduate, Megan also serves on the Fuller Youth Institute Advisory Board.
Jeff Mattesich, MA
Jeff Mattesich is the Associate Pastor of Children and Students at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA. As a 15-year youth ministry veteran, Jeff has served in several roles in both local church and Christian camping organizations. Prior to his role as Associate Pastor, Jeff served as High School Pastor at Lake Avenue and Junior High and College Director at Forest Home Christian Conference Center. Jeff completed his B.A. in Biblical Studies at Azusa Pacific University and went on to receive a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jeff has been a contributing author, guest lecturer, camp and conference speaker, strategic thinker, and creative contributor to several churches, camps, schools, and organizations over his years in youth ministry. He has been married to his incredible wife Jenny since 2002, and is the proud father to Henry and Russell.
Tim Galleher, MDiv
Tim Galleher is Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, California. He has worked with students and parents for over thirty years in the local church and parachurch organizations including Young Life and the YMCA. Tim has a passion for bringing churches together and meeting the needs of students and parents. He is excited to have the opportunity to equip parents to raise teenagers. Tim has been part of the FYI Sticky Faith Cohort and is part of the FYI research team. Tim and his wife Cara live in Saratoga and have three children ages 20, 17 and 15.
Steven Argue, MDiv
Steve is the life development director at Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been involved in youth ministry for over sixteen years as a youth pastor, instructor, speaker, and writer. Steve also teaches adjunct seminary courses on youth ministry and is a doctoral student at Michigan State University. An avid FYI collaborator, Steve was part of our 2010 Sticky Faith Learning Cohort and is now one of our cohort church coaches.