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Mark Oestreicher - former president of Youth Specialties and author of many bestselling youth ministry books, including Youth Ministry 2.0.
Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training, and coaching for church youth workers. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0, Marko is a sought-after speaker, writer, and consultant. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife, Jeannie, and two teenage children, Liesl and Max. Marko’s blog: whyismarko.com.
Kurt Johnston - our longtime friend and ministry partner who leads the student ministry team at Saddleback Church and hosts our podcast The Simply Youth Ministry Show.
Kurt Johnston has been in youth ministry since 1988 and currently leads the student ministry team at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. His ministry of choice is the junior high department, where he tries to spend approximately 87.4% of his time. Kurt and his wife, Rachel, have been married for a long time and have two teenage children, Kayla and Cole.
And know this: our speakers won't just be jetting in and delivering an off-the-rack recap of their latest book or stump speech. They'll actively join in the conversation because they, too, are passionately committed to seeing the church in America thrive and prosper.