Maria Bjørdal is a former FYI staff member, and is pursuing a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Youth, Family, and Culture from Fuller Seminary. She lives back and forth between Pasadena and Oslo, Norway, where she works with an urban youth ministry she helped found in 2000. Maria holds a B.A. in theology from the Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology and Political Science from the University of Oslo. While in Norway, Maria also works for the Norwegian Lutheran Seminary in the bachelor's program in Youth, Faith and Culture.