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Sticky Faith

How do we build lasting faith in the teenagers we love and serve? Find practical resources for youth ministry and parenting here.

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Growing Young

How can you unlock your church’s potential? Discover 6 research-based strategies for integrating young people to create a thriving church.

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Urban Ministry

How do we help today’s young people thrive in urban contexts? We are creating the most comprehensive resource for urban youth workers today.


The Fuller Youth Institute is a team of researchers, creatives, church leaders and dreamers who believe in helping churches unleash the passion and potential of young people everywhere.


Kara Eckmann Powell, PhD

Executive Director


Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.

Brad Griffin, MDiv



Brad M. Griffin is the 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 Growing Young, several Sticky Faith ​books, Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California. 

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.

Steve Argue, PhD

Applied Research Strategist


Steven Argue, PhD [Michigan State University] is the Applied Research Strategist for the Fuller Youth Institute and Associate Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Steve researches, speaks, and writes on adolescent and emerging adult spirituality. He has served as a pastor on the Lead Team at Mars Hill Bible Church [Grand Rapids, MI]; coaches and trains church leaders and volunteers; and has been invested in youth ministry conversation for over 20 years. Follow Steven Argue on Twitter.

Our Exemplary Team

Irene M. Cho, MDiv

Program Manager, UYM


Irene Cho serves as the Program Administrator for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral and General Ministries from Talbot Theological Seminary and a BA in Christian Education from Biola University. At FYI Irene is the point person for Urban Youth Ministry leadership training and resources. Having served 25 years in youth ministry, Irene speaks all over the country at major conferences and retreats, authors curricula, articles, and is currently co-authoring a book with Daniel White Hodge.

Macy Phenix Davis

Creative Lead


Macy holds a Bachelors degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design and a minor in Business Administration from Baylor University. Macy is currently the creative lead at the Fuller Youth Institute where she creates and manages the design of the FYI brand through its resources, online presence, and various creative needs. Macy lives and works from her home in Dallas, Texas where she currently resides with her husband Jarrett and her daughter Adelina.

Matthew Deprez

Church Engagement Specialist


As the Church Engagement Specialist, Matthew equips, trains and resources churches from around the country, while also leading FYI's cohorts. Holding a Master’s in Children, Youth and Family Ministry (Wesley Seminary), Matthew speaks internationally at colleges, conferences, and churches on issues surrounding intergenerational and family ministry. He has over 12 years of pastoral ministry experience as an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and is the author, or coauthor, of multiple books. Matthew lives in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife, Megan, and have adopted both of their sons, Isaiah and Silas.

Tyler Greenway, PhD

Research Director

Tyler Greenway serves as the Research Director at FYI. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts in Psychological Science from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary. At FYI, Tyler supports various research activities including literature review, grant writing, study design, data collection and management, statistical analysis, and presenting and publishing results. On a good day, he also brews a mean cup of coffee for the office. Tyler and his wife live in Grand Rapids, MI with their son.

Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana, MDiv

Coordinator of Multicultural Initiatives
Coordinadora de Iniciativas Multiculturales
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Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana, originally from Guatemala, grew up in Southern California as the daughter of church planters. Jennifer received her B.A in Social Work from Point Loma Nazarene University and served as a youth pastor and social worker in San Diego county. She serves as a pastor of La Fuente Ministries- a bilingual, intercultural ministry of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene and graduated with her Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her passions include leadership training, intercultural youth spiritual formation and bilingual ministries.

Jenica “Nica” Halula

Videographer & Graphic Designer


Jenica “Nica” Halula began writing and performing as a teenager with the Fitz Family, a traveling, family juggling act. After studying at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN, she spent the next decade with HappyFunTime Industries, performing improv, writing comedy sketches, and producing short films, award-winning educational films, and story-driven content for nonprofits. As the videographer and graphic designer, Nica creates videos and design content for FYI. She lives in Southern California with her husband and kids, and enjoys writing, creating art, exploring new places, and family movie nights.

Jennifer “Jen” Hananouchi

Office Coordinator

Jennifer “Jen” Hananouchi was born in the San Francisco bay area and didn’t leave until college. She received her Bachelors’ of Music from UC Irvine. After college, God took her down a different path and placed her in ministry where she worked at an Orange County church for 7 years. She juggled many coordinating positions during her time there, but children’s ministry coordinator was her steady role. Children’s ministry is where her heart is and she has been a part of different children programs since high school. Outside of work, Jen loves hiking, baking, and Disneyland.

Giovanny Panginda, MDiv

Project Coordinator


Giovanny serves at the Project Coordinator at FYI, assisting staff in a variety of ways, including multicultural research and event planning. He holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and an M. Div with an emphasis on Asian American Context from Fuller Theological Seminary. Born in Indonesia, but raised in Southern California, Giovanny also serves as a youth pastor for two Indonesian churches. Giovanny is passionate about photography and going on adventures with friends to find food, coffee, and hiking spots, which just so happens to be some of the subject matter you'll find on his Instagram.

Caleb Roose

Project Coordinator of Ministry Innovation

Caleb Roose coordinates the Youth Ministry Innovations (YMI) and Ministry Innovations with Young Adults (MIYA) research projects. Prior to joining the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) team, Caleb served as the Associate Pastor of Administration and Discipleship at his church, where he managed the staff, church business, taught classes, developed the small group ministry and curricula, led the young adult group, and served as an interim youth pastor. After traveling abroad as a missionary, managing an after-school program start-up company, and serving as an associate pastor, Caleb is excited to utilize his experience to coordinate FYI's next two projects. Caleb studied biblical studies and theology at Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute and is currently a master of divinity student at Fuller Theological Seminary. When he is not working or studying, Caleb enjoys spending time with his wife and baby girl, playing board games with his colleagues at FYI, and rock climbing.

Daisy Rosales

Marketing Lead


Daisy Rosales is a proud San Francisco native learning to love Los Angeles. The best part of her job at FYI is strategizing with an uber-talented team to maximize our impact in the world. Daisy oversees all marketing efforts, regularly developing written content, product launch strategies, digital user experience, and overall brand identity. Daisy holds a B.A. in history from Harvard, where she wrote a 120-page thesis that no one will ever read. In an alternate life, she runs a community-driven boutique bed-and-breakfast featuring local artists and farm-fresh produce. In this life, she is passionate about travel, writing, and gathering friends around the table. Find her on Instagram at @simplicityrelished.

Advisory Council

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

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
Judi Shupper