Kaleo - 'Sticky Faith' - Saturday, February 26, 2011 - George Fox University, Newberg Campus - A Conference for People Who Minister to Youth


Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara E. Powell is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (see fulleryouthinstitute.org). The mission of FYI is to leverage research into resources that elevate leaders, kids and families. She completed her PhD in practical theology from Fuller Seminary with a focus on pastoral role expectations in 2000, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary in 1994, and a BA degree with honors from Stanford University in 1991. In addition to her roles at Fuller Seminary, Kara currently volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the author of Essential Leadership (2010), Deep Justice Journeys (along with Brad Griffin, 2009), Deep Justice in a Broken World (along with Chap Clark, 2008), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (along with Chap Clark, 2006), Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum (along with Jim Hancock, 2001, rev. 2009), and Help! I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry (2004). 

Kara lives in Pasadena, Calif., with her husband, Dave, who is a medical device engineer, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica. 

Jon FurmanJon Furman

A Southern California transplant, Jon Furman has been a pastor to youth and families in Portland for the past 15 years. He has a passion for creative teaching and a vision for students becoming servant leaders through intentional discipleship both during and following their experience in youth community. Currently, Jon serves as the Pastor of Leadership Development at Willamette Christian Church in West Linn, Oregon. Jon has been married to his wife Janelle for the past 14 years and they make their home in Sherwood.

Jake Schwein

Jake SchweinJake Schwein’s (pronounced sch-ween) passion for leading worship started on a mission trip to South Africa in 1997. A day before he left the USA, for a period of two months, Jake made a curious decision to take a guitar that he had never played. While sitting outside the Zulu huts in South Africa figuring out chords and strum patterns, God began to birth something in Jake’s heart that was going to forever change him. It was there that God placed a desire to lead worship in his heart. Since that moment, Jake’s life and worship ministry has been marked by two things: a passionate love for Jesus Christ, and a desire to Do Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly. It is out of this heart for God, The Church and The World that Jake leads.

Jake hails from Portland, Oregon, where he has served as the Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts for the past 9 years at Grace Chapel. Jake is married to Carol and has three incredible children; Josiane, Josiah and Jaelyn. In 2005, the Lord took Jake and his wife on a journey to adopt a beautiful 9 year old girl from Rwanda, Africa. This event has remarkably awakened a greater appreciation for the gospel in their life. ”I want people to not just sing the words of Jesus but to live them. I believe God smiles when we sing to Him only when the words that we sing are true of the lives that we live.”

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