Youth & Worship Ministries

Youth and worship ministries equips students to work with youth specifically through music. Students study theory, voicing, instrumentation and modern worship arts technology as well as topics concerning youth culture, Christian formation, counseling and critical concerns with adolescents. Through internships and various local service opportunities students gain great exposure to both youth culture and music methods.

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Experience Great Community

Seven Reasons to Study Youth & Worship Ministries at JBU

Reason #1

Experience Great Community

Enjoy an honest, creative and fun community that often enjoys late nights in the music library, jam sessions, theological debates and dinner at Professors’ houses.

Tour the U.S.

Seven Reasons to Study Youth & Worship Ministries at JBU

Reason #2

Tour the U.S.

Audition for the highly-competitive Red Steps worship band that travels with the Admissions department across the U.S. during the academic year.

Explore Denominational Diversity

Seven Reasons to Study Youth & Worship Ministries at JBU

Reason #3

Explore Denominational Diversity

JBU is an interdenominational school in a small town with over 50 churches within the city limits. At JBU, students are able to explore various styles of musical worship and theology represented on campus and in Siloam.

Get Involved

Seven Reasons to Study Youth & Worship Ministries at JBU

Reason #4

Get Involved

Students begin serving in a local church as freshman and continue throughout their four years to grow their ministry skills.

Lead a Ministry

Seven Reasons to Study Youth & Worship Ministries at JBU

Reason #5

Lead a Ministry

Gain ministry experience by leading a campus ministry, organizing community outreach programs or serving on JBU’s Student Ministry Leadership Team.

Work Incredible Internships

Seven Reasons to Study Youth & Worship Ministries at JBU

Reason #6

Work Incredible Internships

Students apply their skills through internships such as working at a camp in the Sequoia National Park, running wilderness trips in northern Wisconsin or assisting youth or worship pastors in their ministry.

Learn Effective Technology

Seven Reasons to Study Youth & Worship Ministries at JBU

Reason #7

Learn Effective Technology

Students learn to use recording tools, digital musical score composition software, and various media programs to present the gospel in ways to engage the student population.

Jason Lanker

Faculty Profile

Jason Lanker

Assistant Professor of Youth Ministries

Lanker wanted to be a part of JBU’s mission in order to holistically transform and prepare students to help others find their identity and relationships through Christ.

Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology
M.A., Talbot School of Theology
B.A., The Master’s College

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Jen Edwards

Faculty Profile

Jen Edwards

Assistant Professor of Worship Ministries

Thinking with and creating alongside students is one of Jen Edwards’ greatest gifts. She has a passion for people, words, theology and music. She is a songwriter, worship leader, big picture thinker and a storehouse of ideas.

M.A., Denver Seminary
B.S., John Brown University

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