How can a person get arrested for drugs while in college, go to a rehab facility and later become a youth pastor for one of the largest churches in the Orlando, Florida area? And who is this person? Well his name is Matt Williamson. Listen how this story unfolds. Further more, how does he score an amazing wife and start a great family with 2 little boys? You will hear the answers to all of those questions and more in this episode of Youth Worker On Fire.
Coach Jack Cole is a self employed missionary to Jamaica where he and his wife adopted a daughter, raised their own children, was called by a principal in a public high school, "a man of great integrity and influence." He is what every coach, youth pastor and teacher should be. He puts Faith 1st, Family 2nd and others 3rd while making all feel and believe they are blessed to be with him. Coach Jack Cole is the mentor we all should be to those around us because we do the NEXT Right Thing.
Mike, who? MichaelTheSoundGuy.com on his website! Michael Helms, was a junior in high school when we met. He was a regular student, but brilliant, laughed and joked a lot. His dad was an international accountant and decided Michael, "Mike", needed to travel so he sent him to his company in Brazil where Mike met the love of his life, but he didn't know it yet. But, this young Brazilian lady, Silvana, knew he was the love of her life at 1st sight. Mike, makes Youth Worker On Fire sound AMAZING! He is a pro and brilliant! He and his family have sacrificed much for me, my family, this podcast and multiple ministries that I had developed over many years to reach students and families for Jesus Christ. Michael's oldest daughter Isabella, was even in the middle school ministry my last 2 years of my 29 years at Trinity Evangelical Free Church. Since Mike was in high school he has shown up every time God started a new wave of ministries through my family. I am forever grateful to you Michael for showing a servant's heart even when it came at a high price. Thank you Silvana, Isabella and Gabriella for loaning him to me to change our world with a piece of, "on earth as it is in heaven." I LOVE your story in this podcast of international love, pain, joy, brilliance, fearlessness and sacrifice. I am glad untold numbers of people will have a little glimpse into the man of God you are and all you have accomplished with your family. It's about time!
Three children, John, Michael and Rebecca, in that order. Yet, for 24 years they have been working with Michael to control his seizures which are located all over his brain. Jim has been a 20+ year student ministry volunteer, community volunteer and church board member. He and his wife Marilyn own a major screen printing business and have traveled to different parts of the globe trying to find a cure for Michael's condition. Sleepless nights in hospitals, educating John and Rebecca through college and trying to make life normal for them...but it's not! Life is not normal as we see normal. To them, all of the above is "Their" normal. Jim and Marilyn are the Ultimate Warriors for Family, Faith, Friends and Business. Why, What, How can you possible SERVE OTHERS when your needs are so great? Listen closely to the pain and the joy and the hurt and the laughter of a man who serves...
Pat Williams, Senior VP of the Orlando Magic, said to me that there is no one like Alex Campione...In 8th grade she joined us on a mission trip to the Appalachia poverty mission. She has been a world changer ever since. Alex went on four Colorado trips with our student ministry, she was FCA student leader at her high school for 4 years because she initiated it. Pat Williams spoke to the 2013 senior class because she decided it needed to happen. She is a student at the University of Florida. She is a Biology/Medical Geography major, she in her college career studied in New Zealand, Went to a mission trip in Croatia; then Hiked through Europe and Russia with her best friend! Can You Say, "SUPER GIRL"! If you stay in student ministry long enough God will allow you to minister to students that are unbelievable. As Alex has the vision of a seasoned World Changer, there will be students that you cannot put any containment around or Box them in a shape. Though I have seen no one like Alex (and I have seen and worked with unbelievable gifted students and staff) she could only be guided when she asked for direction because her thinking was so far reaching and her dreams were not the dreams like any teenager I have ever met. Her spiritual and mental drive dwarf most adults I have known. Youth Worker Nation, you will encounter in a life time similar students but they will be like rare diamonds. You will learn from this interview.
My travel agent to date is Don Holmes in Texas! I have taken 18 plus years of Colorado trips booked and arranged by Don! When you travel with students and volunteers you want the guy who thinks ahead of you and cares about you and your people. That's why Don is one of my Consistent Heros. He has been working with High Point Travel in Dallas, Texas for 30 years. In Don's words, "And they said it wouldn't last." He was being funny. HaHaHa! 13 year's in Youth Ministry Married for 30 years, 2 daughters and both are in college. He also has a website that He covers the local high school sport's teams. He is immersed in his community and he is a World Vision thinker. Youth Worker Nation, Don is the real deal because everyone my team and I bring you on this podcast is and will be the REAL DEAL!
Blake Appleby was saved as a teenager and has been reaching and teaching young people as a youth pastor and evangelist to students for 9 years. He has a beautiful wife named Meredith and two boys, Micah and Wade. He is the Student Pastor at First Baptist Church of Umatilla, Florida. He enjoys sports, bass fishing, playing the drums, reading, and a good cup of coffee.
Anthony Sabatini was a sophomore in high school when his principal sat him down and said to him calmly, “You have some potential and you’re going to be one of two things, either you’re going to end up in the United States Senate or you’re going to end up in prison. And you have to make that choice.” Anthony recalls, "No one had ever talked to me that way before." It could have gone either way.
But Anthony was a leader and it was evident to all. He became Student Body President and is a proud member of the Eustis High School Class of 2007. Anthony went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 2012, with a double major in History and Philosophy and commissioned as an infantry officer into the Florida Army National Guard. A member of the National Guard since 2008, he currently serves as Executive Officer of an Infantry Company in Ocala, FL. Anthony is now attending the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, where he is in his final year.
Listen as Anthony tells us about some of those key moments that influenced his life in a major way.
Bryan Totten is currently teaching AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. This program helps prepare students who are in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. These are students who are capable of completing a college-prep curriculum but may be falling short of their potential.
Bryan has been in public education for 7 years and has taught both middle and high school. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to his wife Savannah and is a member and Deacon at Lifepointe Church in Eustis, FL. Bryan is also a beard enthusiast.
What if your daughter tells you she was raped 2 years earlier. What if you found out she was a cutter and later on drugs? What if soon after that she turns 18 and moves out and you wonder night after night if she is alive or dead? Tom and Dena Yohe have lived that life and still live on the tentative list. In Dena's book to parents, You Are Not Alone, she takes you through how their family felt alone and through much time found answers that you will not have to look for because they found the answers for you. This podcast episode 050 is an amazing story. Listen now and get answers!!!
Dena Yohe is author of the book, "You Are Not Alone: Hope for Hurting Parents of Troubled Kids."
Renee Yohe's friends started the non-profit, To Write Love On Her Arms - https://twloha.com
Ryan Schmitz was a rebellious teenager with a tough home life. With no boundaries, he dropped out of high school and got into a lot of trouble. Doug Edwards talks to Ryan about the positive adults who influenced his life and how his life was transformed through the grace of Jesus Christ.
A drug and alcohol addiction recovery program, Teen Challenge is the focus of this week's episode. Doug interviews Joe Batlock, who works for Teen Challenge, a drug and alcohol addiction recovery program. Teen Challenge USA works on a holistic model of drug and alcohol recovery. This means they are concerned with the body, mind, and spirit of those who come to their addiction recovery centers. They endeavor to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive. For more information or help call 1-855-END ADDICTION or visit TeenChallengeUSA.com.
Carey Baker is a man among men. He and his wife Lori have 3 children and the oldest is 14 years old. That makes him qualified to talk to youth workers among many other things. He comes from a history of soldiers. In this episode, he speaks of 3 of our recent fallen young soldiers in the Middle East and Afganistan. His dad served in WWII and Carey joined the National Guard at age 18 and served for 32 years. In later years, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives as well as serving a tour of duty in Iraq during the war. Later he went on to the Florida Senate and now serves as County Appraiser in Lake County, Florida. Listen to the great integrity and faith of this man, Youth Worker Nation.
Julie Castro talks to Doug Edwards about her life growing up and how she knew Jesus in her head but not in her heart. She later accepted the Lord into her life at age 25. Julie is author of the book "On Earth As It Is In Heaven: A Personal Allegory." It talks about how we all have a choice whether to accept Jesus into our heart or not. You can learn more about Julie and her ministry at Fiesta Publishing.
Tim Latiff - Washington DC, was a young man I met while working at the NRB, which is the International Broadcasters Convention, in Orlando, Florida.
•Tim grew up in Maryland,
•His parents are pastors and Tim followed suit as a youth pastor at New Life Worship Center in Capital Heights, Maryland.
•Tim also works at the Center for Urban Renewal and Education where he oversees a clergy outreach program.
•There he addresses issues of culture, race and poverty in the urban communities, encouraging and educating pastors to be equipped to lead students and families concerning these issues.
•Tim believes that you should build relationships first with young people by taking time to show up at THEIR sports events, THEIR drama productions, to allow students and families to see their face in the crowd. Students are more open and receptive when YOU invest YOUR personal time into things that THEY care about and are involved in because it's important to them.
•Students and Families are real people, with real lives, needing real people, to genuinely care about THEIR world.
•WELCOME Pastor Tim Latiff Youth Worker Nation!!!!
Casey K. Shannon is a friend of Rick Eldridge from Youth Worker On Fire - Episode 043. While Casey, a Charlotte grown, North Carolinian, was managing a hotel in Scotland, Rick and his film crew stayed at that hotel while filming part of The Bobby Jones Story movie. Rick and Casey, having the Charlotte area in common, met and have remained friends for many years. Casey was influenced by people in his adolescence like the rest of us. Like some, Casey's biological father walked away from the family and it was many years before Casey reunited with him to find a changed man and a wealth of knowledge. I had the privilege of working on a project with Casey at the NRB convention for broadcasters via our mutual friend Rick. Casey is now promoting a book tour for Pastor David and Marilynn Chadwick who have been pastors at their church plant for 30 years with a congregation of over 7,000. David played basketball for UNC-Chapel Hill under Coach Dean Smith of which he wrote a book about. Casey is a large part of making this happen. Meet Casey, a young teen who has grown into a "world changer" man. Listen up Youth Worker Nation! Connect with casey at Moments Of Hope. Contact Doug Edwards at Youth Worker On Fire
Rick Eldridge has over thirty years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director, and entrepreneur, and he knows how to make projects happen. Whether sports programming, live production, animated series, or feature films, Rick has been involved in every facet of creative development and production management in the entertainment industry. Rick talks with Doug about his early days and those that influenced his life growing up. He shares the importance of networking and learning all the aspects of the production industry so you can better communicate, no matter what your role. Rick's company can be found at ReelWorks.net and the school Rick is involved with is Compass College of Cinematic Arts.
These two sisters, Trisha and Laci Page, have embarked on a journey with their siblings, mother and their ministry, BuildingADifference.com as they travel the country and the world. They're creating documentaries as they work with a variety of organizations and charities to build a difference in the lives of people in desperate need. Hear how their own family was brought closer together through this unique journey.
Tim Hancock was a youth worker for 3 counties in the Orlando, FL area for more than 25 years in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. To raise funds to get students to camp, Tim ran 55 miles from Winter Park, Florida to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Who does that? An Ironman! Thats my nickname for Tim "Ironman" Hancock who finished the Hawaii Ironman at one point in his life. He has raised a family, iron-willed, resolute young men, Luke and Zack, along with his incredible wife Debbie. Easy Life? I don't think so. Listen to what this wellness expert and business man has to say about overcoming odds and choosing the right path for a balanced life. Listen Up Youth Worker Nation! This is a life to take note of. Get Pen and Paper.
Greg Larson is a 6'7" pitcher. He played basketball but he thrived in baseball. Lake Brantley High School, GatorNation UF, then to the pros with the Red Sox. Now Greg is in his home area of Seminole County, northern suburbs of Orlando, Florida. He is the head coach for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCA, for Seminole County Schools. He raises his own salary to do the work he is passionate about. Listen up Youth Worker Nation! There is value mentoring for you here!