Representative Hakeem Jeffries gave an inspiring devotional to kick off the Equipping Youth/Young Adults to Lead discourse on May 23. The event, streamed live, provided support and encouragement to youth, young adults, and those serving as leaders in youth ministries during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. The engaging event, sponsored by the Atlantic Union Adventist Youth Ministries (AYM) department, featured opinions and insights from people with decades of experience in youth ministries.
David McKenzie, Atlantic Union Conference Youth Ministries director, welcomed everyone to the program, and Pierre Omeler, Atlantic Union Conference executive secretary introduced Jeffries, who is a U.S. congressman representing New York’s 8th congressional district.
The event featured a lively panel discussion moderated by Natalie Noble and Teddy Williamson. Panelists answered probing and challenging questions about AYM, engaging senior youth in ministry, and youth/young adult small group ministry. Guest panelists for the discussion were José Cortés, North American Division associate director for evangelism, with his wife and companion in ministry, Joanne; Pako Mokgwane, General Conference Youth Ministries associate director; Patrick Graham, Allegheny East Conference Youth Ministries director; Mark Tameleaa, youth/young adult pastor at the New Haven church in Overland Park, Kansas; and Benjamin Lundquist, Oregon Conference Youth Ministries director. Youth Ministries leaders from each of the six conferences in the Atlantic Union also participated in the discussion and shared their expertise and knowledge.
If you missed the event, you can watch the video on the Atlantic Union Adventist Youth Ministries Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AtlanticUnion AdventistYouthMinistries).
—Debra Banks Cuadro, assistant communication director, Atlantic Union Conference