Leadership & Faculty
Dr. Marv Penner
Marv Penner is a veteran youth worker with more than 45 years of working in the field. He is the Executive Director at the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence. An author, speaker professor, and youth ministry consultant to denominations, schools, churches and organizations, he travels North America and the world, equipping, encouraging and empowering young leaders. As a registered clinical counsellor he has specialized in helping adolescents and their families through tough times. Marv brings a lifetime of practical wisdom and experience to the classroom.
Ginny Olson has been involved in youth ministry for several decades on a variety of levels: youth pastor, youth ministry professor, speaker and writer. She is the author of Teenage Girls and the co-author of Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0. Currently, she is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church, as well as an adjunct professor at North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management, where she teaches on church administration.
Dr. Duffy Robbins
Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring, Texas. Duffy is the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers (co-authored with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, Enjoy the Silence (co-authored with the lovely Maggie Robbins), There’s a Teenager in My House (ed. Wayne Rice), and Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples.
Dr. Randal Rauser
Dr. Randal Rauser is Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta, where he has taught since 2003. Randal is the author of many books including What's so Confusing About Grace? (Two Cup Press, 2017), The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver, and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails (InterVarsity, 2012) and Theology in Search of Foundations (Oxford University Press, 2009). Randal writes for The Christian Post and blogs regularly at randalrauser.com. Randal has a PhD from King's College, University of London (2003), an MCS from Regent College (1999) and a BA from Trinity Western University (1996).
Dr. Walt Mueller
Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, a non-profit organization serving schools, churches, and community organizations across the U.S, Canada, and worldwide in their efforts to strengthen families. Walt has been working with young people and families for 40 years. He is a student of youth culture and family issues, and has appeared on numerous media outlets internationally to discuss teenagers and their world. A regular seminar and conference speaker, he communicates effectively with adults and teenagers alike. He has written extensively on youth culture and family issues and is the author of over 8 books. He is also a regular contributor to a variety of publications. Walt and his wife Lisa live in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, have four adult children and five grandchildren.
Dr. (candidate) Sid Koop
Sid has been involved in full-time youth ministry for over 19 years. Following his time at Briercrest Seminary, Sid spent 4 years in Canmore as the youth pastor at Canmore Trinity Bible Church, 11 years at the Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge as Director of Student Ministries, and the last 4 years in Kelowna British Columbia with Truth Matters Ministries. In 2001, Sid founded Truth Matters with the mission to help the next generation see and experience the truth of Jesus Christ. Since 2013, Sid has put his full-time energy into Truth Matters Ministries as the Executive Director. Currently, Truth Matters runs 7 youth worker training conferences across Canada each year under the title "Canadian Youth Workers Conference". Sid also speaks to students, equips youth workers and informs parents at conferences, retreats, and events across the country. He has a Masters in Youth and Family Ministries and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry in Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Sid lives with his wife Jen and two boys Cole and Payton at Green Bay Bible Camp in Kelowna British Columbia, where his wife is currently the Executive Director.
Dr. Chap Clark
Dr. Chap Clark is currently the lead pastor at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. For many years Chap has served as chair of Christian Discipleship department and professor of Practical Theology and Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Semi- nary. He has been the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal, and is currently president of ParenTeenTM, a nonprofit organization helping adults understand and respond to the developmental and spiritual needs of adolescents and emerging adults. Chap is a speaker, trainer, consultant, as well as the author or co-author of 25 books. Before teaching, Chap was on Young Life staff for 15 years as an area and regional director; and for the last 27 years while a seminary professor, Chap has served in a variety of roles in the church. Chap and Dee, a LMFT (www.healingreins.com) have three grown children, two granddaughters and live in New- port Beach, CA and when they can get away in Gig Harbor, WA.