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.

Leadership

Kara Eckmann Powell, PhD

Executive Director, Fuller Youth Institute
Chief of Leadership Formation, Fuller Seminary

    

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. 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 3 Big Questions That Change Every TeenagerGrowing Young, Growing With, 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. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three teenage and young adult children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.

Brad M. Griffin, MDiv

Senior Director of Content and Research

    

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content and Research for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.

Andy Jung, DMin

Senior Director of Church Engagement and Business Administration

Andy Jung is the Senior Director of Church Engagement at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he oversees the church engagement strategy. He leads cohorts and other training initiatives, develops relationships and networks with church and denominational leaders and ensures effective systems and processes to execute all these efforts effectively and efficiently. Andy earned a BS in Math Education from North Carolina State University, an MDiv from Campbell University Divinity School and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary in Youth, Family and Culture. He has served as a youth minister for 20+ years and a senior pastor for five years. In addition, Andy also served as a state executive leader for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC for two years. He is passionate about helping churches better love and care for young people so the teenagers and young adults can thrive in their faith. In his free time, Andy is an avid sports fan. He especially enjoys playing golf and cheering for his beloved NC State Wolfpack. Andy and his wife live in Salisbury, NC and love to travel to new places around the world.

Steve Argue, PhD

Applied Research Strategist

    

Steven Argue, PhD (Michigan State University) is the Applied Research Strategist for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) 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. Steve is the coauthor and contributor of a number of books, including Growing With, 18 Plus: Parenting Your Emerging Adult, and Joy: A Guide for Youth Ministry.

Our Exemplary Team

Nasim
Nasim Bowlus

Video Editor

Nasim is a video editor based in Atlanta. Apart from editing, Nasim is passionate about storytelling and Latina representation on-screen. She enjoys creating social media content, directing narrative films, and reading self-help books. A foodie at heart, she loves tasting new recipes and desserts, especially gourmet donuts! Nasim is happily married to her husband Shawn.

Jen Bradbury

TENx10 Content Director

Jen Bradbury serves as the TenX10 Content Director for Fuller Youth Institute. Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University and prior to working at FYI, she served as a youth worker in the local church for 19 years. Jen is the author of several books including The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus, The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), and Called: A Novel About Youth Ministry Transitions. Jen lives with her husband, daughters, and cat in the Chicago suburbs.

Macy Phenix Davis

Creative Director

Macy is the Creative Director at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) where she creates and manages the design of the FYI brand through its resources, online presence, and various creative needs. She holds a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design and a Minor in Business Administration from Baylor University. Macy has lived and worked in Arkansas, California, Arizona, and now Texas where she currently resides with her husband Jarrett and daughters Adelina and Anastasia. In her free time, you'll likely find Macy spending time with her family, running, painting, or drinking a good cup of coffee.

Rachel Dodd, MDiv

Managing Editor

     

Rachel Dodd is Managing Editor at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and gets FYI's research and resources into the hands of leaders, ministries, and families. She holds a BA in Church Music and Youth Ministry from Point Loma Nazarene University, an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is currently working towards a DMin in Spiritual Formation and Direction. Having served students and families in the UK and US for over 15 years, Rachel loves writing to share stories and equip those following their own calling in ministry. She and her husband, Carl, now live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and have two daughters who keep life full of sparkles, adventure, and lots of caffeine.

Zachariah Ellis, PhD

Church Training Manager

Zach Ellis is the Church Training manager at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). Zach holds an MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and is an active volunteer in his church’s youth group. Before joining FYI, he was a youth pastor in Eastern Oregon. In his free time, you’ll likely find him hiking with his wife and two kids or watching Sporting Kansas City score goals.

Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana, MDiv

Manager of Multicultural Initiatives
Directora de Iniciativas Multiculturales
다문화 이니셔티브 감독
多元文化規劃總監

 

Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana is the Manager of Multicultural Initiatives at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). Jennifer, originally from Guatemala, grew up in Southern California as the daughter of church planters. She holds a BA in Social Work from Point Loma Nazarene University and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jennifer previously served as a pastor and social worker in San Diego county. Her passions include leadership training, intercultural youth spiritual formation and bilingual ministries.

Jenica “Nica” Halula

Video & Podcast Producer

     

Jenica “Nica” Halula is the Video and Podcast Producer at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). Nica began writing and performing as a teenager with the Fitz Family, a traveling, family juggling act. After studying Writing 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. She co-authored <18>: Faith for the Next Generation as well as wrote and illustrated Shep & a Hundred Sheep. She lives in Roseville, Minnesota with her husband and two kids, and enjoys writing, creating art, exploring new places, and family movie nights.

Jennifer “Jen”

Operations and Office Manager

Jennifer “Jen” is the Operations and Office Manager at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and involved in many areas of the FYI team. She holds a BM (Bachelor of Arts in Music) and a Minor in Education from University of California, Irvine (UCI). After college, instead of going into music education, she ended up in ministry where she volunteered and worked at an Orange County church for 10 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.

Roslyn Hernández, MDiv

Project Assistant and Podcast Co-Producer

Roslyn Hernández is Project Assistant and Podcast Co-Producer at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She co-produces The FYI on Youth Ministry podcast, and provides a range of support for the LABS and CVDYM research projects. Roslyn lived in México City as a child and grew up in the Central Valley of California. She holds a BA with majors in Film & Media Studies and Spanish, and a minor in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and an MDiv with an emphasis on Youth, Family and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is passionate about pop culture, culinary traditions, and tea.

Jane Hong-Guzman de Leon, MDiv

TENx10 Training Manager

Jane Hong-Guzman de Leon is the TENx10 Collaboration Training Manager at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jane is also a licensed pastor with over a decade of ministry experience pastoring youth and adults in two thriving church plants in Southern California. Prior to becoming a pastor, Jane worked as a probation counselor, junior high English teacher, and a university professor in Mexico. In her free time she guest preaches, counsels, and serves at Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity (ISAAC). Jane is passionate about seeing diversity, justice, healing, and transformation in and out of the church.  

John Kwok

Tenx10 Creative Manager

John Kwok is the Tenx10 Creative Manager at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) where he assists in designing most of FYI's resources, social media, online presence and other creative needs. He holds a BA in Studio Arts from the University of California Riverside (UCR). Born and raised in Southern California, he continues to live there with his wife Margarette while serving at his local church as a youth leader and recently appointed elder. Outside of work, John enjoys playing video games, longboarding, obsessing over house plants and learning how to brew some good coffee.

Issac Kim
Issac Kim

Graphic Designer

Issac Kim is the Graphic Designer at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) where she focuses on design for print and digital resources, social media, email marketing, and web design. She has spent nine years serving as a youth worker in the local church cultivating a heart for raising leaders in the next generation. Issac also has experience volunteering her design skills for youth conferences, mission organizations, and local churches. Outside of work, you can find Issac going on evening walks, learning how to golf, meeting with her book club, or hanging out with friends.

Will Lewis
Will L. Lewis IV

Marketing Manager

     

Will is the Marketing Manager at Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he manages all things marketing for FYI. As a professional photographer, graphic designer, communication specialist, coach, youth pastor, praise and worship leader, Will knows first hand what is means to have boots on the ground with youth ministry and marketing. Will is a native of Gary, Indiana, but now resides in Dallas, Texas. He holds a BA in Organizational Leadership and a specialization in Computer Graphic Technology from Purdue University. He also holds several certifications in bible studies from Aenon Bible Institute. To know Will is to know JOY! In his free time, he can be found enjoying lake views, ocean sights, parks, good food, and traveling.

LaTasha Nesbitt, Ph.D.

Research Manager

LaTasha Nesbitt, Ph.D. is the Research Manager at Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). Born and raised on Chicago’s southside, she brings a unique perspective on serving God, understanding research, and connecting with youth. She has served as adjunct professor, business owner, and itinerant pastor. Her greatest joy is to assist others in discerning their God-given gifts and assignments. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A in Educational Policy Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University. Some of her favorite memories include: traveling to Israel, giving birth to two children, and discovering her Dad’s family five years following his death. Her current research interests are regarding the history of race in American society and effective post-pandemic leadership within the church context. She enjoys and embraces the power of storytelling, spoken word, Zumba, and all things genealogy.

Giovanny Panginda
Giovanny Panginda, MDiv

Social Media Lead

Giovanny serves as the Social Media Lead at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), assisting staff in a variety of ways, including multicultural research, social media, and marketing. He holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and an MDiv 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, MDiv

Project Manager

Caleb Roose is a project manager at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he advises and facilitates FYI church trainings and research (Youth Ministry Innovations, Ministry Innovations with Young Adults, and Living a Better Story), coaches and consults with churches around the country, and develops resources. The coauthor of Sticky Faith Innovation: How Your Compassion, Creativity and Courage Can Support Teenagers' Lasting Faith with Steven Argue, Caleb is passionate about helping young people wrestle with their faith and encouraging leaders to do the same. Caleb has worked in a variety of ministry and professional roles, including volunteering in youth ministries, serving as an associate pastor of discipleship and administration, counseling at and running youth camps, ministering in six different countries with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), and managing an after-school program for kids. A Southern California native, Caleb lives 30 minutes from his hometown with his wife, Colleen, and two young daughters, Lilah and Eliana.

Hannah Struwe

Administrative Assistant

Hannah Struwe serves as the Administrative Assistant at Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), supporting FYI's training and the TENx10 Collaboration. Hannah earned her BA in Psychology from Simpson University and is in the process of earning her MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary. Hannah was born and raised in the Central Valley of California, moved to Redding, CA in 2015 where she completed her Bachelor’s degree and met her now husband, and has since relocated to Pasadena where she and her husband both work and are continuing their education. Since her young teenage years, Hannah has loved to learn about and discuss theology, and has been privileged to travel internationally on a few occasions which broadened her love for the global Church and her passion to serve its God-given mission to reflect His nature to the world. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking & backpacking, drinking good coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

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