The Phase Project is a collaborative effort.
We want to say a special thank you to those who have not only done research, given hours their time, and debated words and phrases, but who have also made a lifetime commitment to helping kids and teenagers grow in faith so they can have a better future.
Brooklyn Lindsey loves youth ministry. She began working with teenagers in 1997 as a volunteer and became a full time youth pastor in 2001. Her priority is serving the middle school ministry at Highland Park Church of the Nazarene in Lakeland, Florida. She also communicates at events, trains other leaders, blogs often, and has written eight books for teenagers and adults. Her husband, Coy, is also a pastor and an author. They have two little girls, Kirra and Mya. Without them Brooklyn probably wouldn’t have much of an Instagram account.
Jim Burns is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. Some of his books include Faith Conversations for Families, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim, his wife, Cathy, and their three daughters live in Southern California.
Cara Martens has a varied background in education and ministry. She enjoys learning and working alongside kids, adults and families. She is currently a researcher, writer and developer for many projects within Orange. Cara and her husband, Kevin, have two kids and live in Flower Mound, Texas.
Jim Wideman is considered an innovator, a pioneer and one of the fathers of the modern family ministry movement. He is a speaker, teacher, and author with over 37 years of experience in the local church working with parents to help them see their role as spiritual provider for their children. Jim has trained thousands of ministry leaders and parents around the world. He’s an out-of- the-box thinker, which explains why he lives in Tennessee and works for a church in Oklahoma. Jim and his amazing wife, Julie, have two grown daughters and the cutest grandson ever born, Sparrow Rocket!
Dan Scott works at Orange in New Product Development and is the Art Director and Large Group Director for 252 Basics.Prior to coming on board at reThink, Dan served as the Elementary Children’s Director at Ada Bible Church. He loves all things kidmin and was recently named one of Children’s Ministry Magazines’ 20 leaders to watch.Dan and his wife, Jenna, live in Cumming, Georgia and have four amazing kids: Liam, Ellison, Addison, and Taye.
Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books, including his latest, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work & Never Get Stuck. He’s worked with some of the biggest brands in the world and has blogs that have been read by millions of people. Read more of his ideas at Acuff.me.
Elle Campbell is a freshly-transplanted New Yorker now living in Atlanta, Georgia. She and her husband, Kenny, both served on the staff of The Chapel at CrossPoint before heading south to join the team at The reThink Group where she is the director of XP3 Middle School. Additionally, Elle writes for Lead Small Weekly and is the co-author of Creating a Lead Small Culture. She and Kenny are the founders of StuffYouCanUse, a site for youth ministry resources.
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 to Watch, Kara also serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and is the author or co-author of The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Dave, who is a medical device engineer, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica.
Frank Bealer is the family pastor at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this role, he oversees staff, volunteers and curriculum development for more than a dozen locations. He is driven to develop leaders to reach their full potential. Frank is married to Jessica and they have three children.
Stuart Hall serves as a student ministry specialist for The reThink Group, provides vision and leadership for NFLUNSR, and travels and speaks to thousands of students, leaders, coaches and parents each year. He has coauthored three books (The Seven Checkpoints: Seven Principles Every Teenager Needs to Know, MAX Q: Developing Students of Influence, and Wired: For a Life of Worship, Leaders Edition), laughs incessantly, volunteers as a high school varsity girls basketball coach, relishes watching his son play football at Duke University and his daughters play basketball and soccer, and loves his beautiful wife, Kellee, with every fiber of his being.
Holly Crawshaw's passion for ministry began while attending college when she helped found a ministry for middle and high school students. After graduation, Holly worked as a high school English teacher but missed being involved in family ministry. Her career changed when she joined the staff of North Point Ministries working with middle school students for four years followed by two years serving as the director of Waumba Land (preschool) at Browns Bridge Community Church. Currently, Holly develops and writes curriculum for preschoolers at The reThink Group. Holly lives in Cumming, Georgia, with her husband, Ben, and their daughters, Lilah and Esmae.