Jason Schmidt - Oakley Christian Church - Oakley, KS
Jason Schmidt came to Oakley Christian Church in May of 1998 and has led the youth programs as the Youth Minister for the past 15 years. Jason, raised in Aurora, Colorado is a 1995 graduate of Manhattan Christian College. Jason has been active in leading adult small groups, teaching High School Sunday School, leading Deacons, a host of other things and of course overseeing a thriving youth program for Middle and High School aged kids. The Cave, the OCC Youth Outreach Center, has been a labor of love for Jason and is well known in the community as the place for kids to get loved on by other adults (coaches) that Jason has mentored into his youth ministry program. Jason is very mission minded, having taken his high schoolers on mission trips each summer as well as leading an adult mission trip to Haiti in 2012. He has been married to his lovely wife, Wendy for almost 16 years. Jason and Wendy have four great children, Tegan (12), Will (9), Eli (6) and Jonah (1). What Jason likes best about his ministry is watching God work in peoples’ lives.
"Jason Schmidt is a rock solid youth pastor. For many years now he has impacted the youth in the Oakley Christian Church, while he has also built relationships with the entire community. Although he ministers in a small western KS town, his vision, leadership and heart for people continues to grow and yield fruit. In fact, his ministry not only touches western KS it also reaches into the world through all the youth he has sent out into ministry. His faithfulness to Christ, his family and his call to ministry has made a serious impact on so many lives and I am thankful to not only call him a fellow pastor, but a good friend." -Kevin Ingram, President of Manhattan Christian College
Todd Hutchison - Pathway Church - Wichita, KS
Todd Hutchison has been working with students and their families as a Student Pastor for the past 22 years. He currently serves as Next Generation Pastor at Pathway Church in Wichita, KS, where he leads the children and student ministry team. Todd also serves on the NAV leadership team and preaching team at Pathway. Todd continues to sharpen his leadership skills by serving on the Board of Trustees at Manhattan Christian College and Christ in Youth. He has been married to his lovely wife, Sara, for 19 years. Todd and Sara have four children, Gracie (15), Emma (12), Kate (10), and Cole (4). After 22 years in student ministry, Todd is still passionate about seeing God move in the hearts of young people.
"Todd has an unusual ability to not only lead relationally, both students and volunteer leaders, but to organize ministry in such a way that students are drawn to Christ, to His Church and to moving out in ministry beyond the Church. Moving beyond a traditional “Youth Service” or “Youth Group”, Todd’s ministry to students is about directing and overseeing 20-25 youth groups within one church that are led and “pastored” by volunteer leaders. He still enjoys hanging out with students, but he realizes that real growth and development happens when students are in smaller groups. In a ministry that weekly draws more than 300 High School students, he knows that multiplying leaders is the only way to continue to grow. It’s pretty exciting and energizing for me to work with someone who has more than 20 years experience working with students, and who is still energized and looking for new ways to make it happen. He is not only a brother in Christ, a great Student Pastor, but a good friend."
Larry Wren, Executive Pastor, Pathway Church
Eric Schneider - Christ's Church of the Valley - Scottsdale, AZ
Our October Youth Minister of the Month (YMM) is Eric Schneider of Scottsdale, Arizona. Schneider was raised in Wichita where he met his wife of 3 years. He received his degree in Bible and Youth Ministry at Manhattan Christian College.
For a 24 yr old, Schneider has an impressive resume. After graduating in 2011 Schneider moved from Kansas to Arizona where he started as a yearlong intern in the youth department at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria. Shortly after his internship he became an Associate Pastor. Schneider has worked his way up to become the Youth Pastor of the CCV Scottsdale campus. His duties include all junior high and high school activities at CCV,coaching youth soccer, and partnering with his wife in her ministry as a junior high teacher. In the recent past, Schneider has proven to be a vital resource and partner with Manhattan Christian College.
"I've known Eric for a number of years now. I've enjoyed watching him grow and mature in his walk with Christ and also in his leadership skills. He has always demonstrated a passion for ministry, and a specific passion for ministering to students and challenging them to be the best they can be for Christ. His love for Christ and for youth combines in a special way as he ministers to youth at CCV Scottsdale." -Kevin Ingram, President of Manhattan Christian College
Brian Kindley - Wildewood Christian Church - Papillion, NE
"Most students go to college when they graduate high school, but the percentage of Wildewood students that attend Christian colleges and universities is larger due to the ministry influence of Brian Kindley. His commitment to creating opportunities for students to engage in the leadership and ministry of the local church provides a gateway for these same students to hear the call of full-time ministry. These opportunities range from leading worship for youth group to mission trips to Honduras. This creates the desire to know Christ and to make Him known. The Kingdom has been greatly impacted by Brian’s direct influence on students and those who go on to lead in the church in the future."
- Ron Wymer, Senior Minister
Brian Kindley was born in November of 1972 in Oklahoma where he spent his youth. He attended college in Nebraska where he met his wife, Dawn. His first ministry was in the Portland, OR area which was followed by a ministry in Seattle, WA. From there he was in youth ministry in St. Joseph, MO until he moved to Papillion, NE in January of 2008 as the youth minister of Wildewood Christian Church. He has built the youth ministry into a dynamic program. Brian has had the privilege of seeing a number of his students graduate high school and attend Christian college including Manhattan Christian College. He serves on the Oasis Teen Conference board with Manhattan Christian College and the Christian Student Fellowship board, for state universities in Nebraska. He also partners with the MCC summer camp teams and is the dean for one of the high school weeks at Covenant Cedars Christian Camp. Brian and Dawn have two children, Jadyn and Jaxon. He is a wonderful father and husband.