FYI Team


Kara Eckmann Powell, PhD

Executive Director

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch”, Kara serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences.  Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry CurriculumResources from Kara PowellFollow @kpowellfyi on Twitter.

Brad M. Griffin, MDiv

Associate Director

Brad M. Griffin is the Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger (, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of several Sticky Faith ​books (see, Can I Ask That?, ​and Deep Justice Journeys, and has authored a number of youth ministry book chapters and journal articles. A native Kentucky youth pastor, Brad now lives in Southern California with his wife Missy and their three children and leads ​the youth ministry at Mountainside Communion. Follow @bgriffinfyi on Twitter.

Irene M. Cho, MDiv

Program Manager

Irene Cho serves as the Program Manager for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds a Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary, a BA in Christian Education from Biola University, and is a PhD student in Fuller's School of Intercultural Studies. At FYI Irene is the point person for the Urban Youth Ministry Certificate program, event planning, and FYI systems overall. Having served over 24 years in youth ministry, Irene speaks all over the country at multiple national conferences to both youth workers and youth students, written various curricula, and consults for many youth ministries and advisory boards. Her passion is for the misfits of the world and to bring the gospel message to those who seem to fall through the cracks. In her spare time, she is preparing her upcoming September wedding and tries to find time to sleep, eat, and be merry with friends and family.   Resources from Irene Cho. Follow @irenemcho on Twitter.

Jake Mulder

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Jake Mulder is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he oversees business administration, coordinates new research, develops resources, and helps the team think strategically. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (master of divinity) and Western Michigan University (bachelor of business administration in finance) and is pursuing a PhD at Fuller. Passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential, he is the coauthor of the forthcoming Growing Young (fall 2016). Jake has worked in a variety of ministry and professional roles, including as a Financial Analyst, Youth Pastor in the Reformed Church of America, Ministry Director with Youth for Christ, and missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Europe and Asia. Follow @jmulderfyi on Twitter.

Matthew Schuler, MAT

Creative Director

Matthew holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BS in Journalism and Mass Communication from Kansas State University. Matthew is currently the Creative Director at the Fuller Youth Institute where he manages authors, filmmakers, artists, book and film projects, and content development. Matthew speaks at various conferences and churches throughout Southern California. Follow @schulertime on Twitter.

Johanna Greenway

Administrative Assistant

Johanna Greenway serves as the Administrative Assistant at FYI.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Education from Central Michigan University. At FYI, Johanna provides a range of administrative support to all of our projects and daily activities. Johanna and her husband are originally from beautiful West Michigan where she worked with kids in various capacities.  She loves living in California and being a part of this awesome team.


Brian Nelson

Church Engagement Specialist

Brian holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University. Brian manages FYI's ongoing relationships with Cohort churches, plans Sticky Faith events, and develops all marketing and communication initiatives. Outside of FYI, Brian coaches High School Volleyball, performs improv comedy, serves at his church with his wife Christa, and pretty much watches every Dodger game.

Executive Committee

Scott Cormode, PhD, Academic Dean & Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development
Mari Clements, PhD, Dean of the School of Psychology
Joel Green, PhD, Dean of the School of Theology & Professor of NT Interpretation
Scott Sunquist, PhD, Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies
Chapman “Chap” Clark, PhD, Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture
Jude Tiersma Watson, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban Mission
Pam King, PhD, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Studies
Dave Scott, PhD, Assoc Dir of the Center for Missiological Research (CMR) & A. Professor of Intercultural Studies & Children at Risk

Advisory Council

Mary Andringa 
Steven Argue
Judy Bergman
April Diaz
Megan Hutchinson
Wally Hawley
Ken Knipp
Mark Maines
Christa Peitzman
Linda Prinn
Albert Tate
Jeremy Taylor
Cindy Go
Jeff Wright
Tim Galleher
Jeff Mattesich