Youth Ministry

Youth ministry students learn to foster the education, Christian formation and healthy development of adolescents today. Students mature in ministry through required internships, hands-on teaching experience and challenging courses. Students actively serve in church communities in the area as well as participate in semesters abroad or summer study programs to experience the international adolescent climate.

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Find out what our students and professor have to say about studying youth ministries at JBU.

Experience Great Community

Six Reasons to Study Youth Ministry at JBU

Reason #1

Experience Great Community

Enjoy an honest, creative and fun community that often enjoys theological debates and dinner at Professors’ houses.

Join Theta Alpha Kappa

Six Reasons to Study Youth Ministry at JBU

Reason #2

Join Theta Alpha Kappa

Join JBU’s religion and theological studies chapter of the honors society to experience stimulating debates, educational activities and academic exploration.

Explore Denominational Diversity

Six Reasons to Study Youth Ministry 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

Six Reasons to Study Youth Ministry 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

Six Reasons to Study Youth Ministry 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.

Explore and Study Abroad

Six Reasons to Study Youth Ministry at JBU

Reason #6

Explore and Study Abroad

Spend a summer working on an archaeological excavation in Jordan with Dr. Dave Vila or study abroad at Oxford University.

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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Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Sung Uk Yoon '14

Sung Uk Yoon '14

Shelterwood is a Christian residential facility that helps teens struggling with drug dependencies, self-harm, anxiety, depression and other issues. “The depth of integrated training in JBU’s youth ministry prepared me to excel in my support of these youth. The program regularly challenges you to grow in your faith and to be open to other forms of ministry.”