Meet The Voices of The BoostBlog

From busy cities, to rural towns, serving in churches large and small, these passionate youth ministry people have wisdom to give and care to share.  

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Andrew Harper

Andrew is the husband to Amber, a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the student pastor at First Baptist church of Altus, OK. He spends his time reading, drinking coffee, and schooling students in ping pong. His goal is to see students find their place in the mission of God.

 
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Brenan Fulton

Brenan is the Student Pastor at First Baptist Owasso. He has a wonderful wife, Chelsey, expecting his first baby girl, Reese Elizabeth. His passion in Student Ministry is to see students define their own faith in Jesus Christ and come to the understanding that they won't one day become the church, they ARE already part of the church. He enjoys spending his free time at local coffee shops, with family, outdoors, and throwing frisbee with his dogs, Rumble and Bear.

 
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C.J. Smith

C.J. has been in student ministry for 9 years and in my current position for over 6 years. Currently C.J. is serving as Student Pastor at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Rockingham, NC. He has been married to his wife, Amber, since May of 2010. They are huge Tennessee Volunteer fans and have a four year old son named Neylan.  He am a sports junkie who loves students!

 
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Kyle J Pettit

"You can't get a book long enough or cup of coffee big enough to suit me."

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Kyle moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma for college. His three loves are teaching the Bible, training leaders, and writing stories. He's just a goofy millennial hoping to inspire people into all that they are created to be.

 

Corey Lynne Myers

Cory Lynne is a YM wife of 13 years to her favorite guy on the planet, Aaron Myers.  Aaron and Cory Lynne have two sweet, spunky daughters; Elli Kate (8) and Ana Beth (5) and an "elderly" dog named Pokey who is almost as spry as the day they brought her home as a puppy 12 years ago.  They live in Lawton, Oklahoma where Aaron serves on staff as a pastor to students.  
 In her early years in ministry, Cory Lynne joined a ministry to teen girls called ID Ministries based out of Tulsa where she would travel on weekends (and sometimes longer) to bring teams of retreat leaders/speakers/worship leaders to churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and abroad.  

Jon Coombs

Jon lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two kids. For over 15 years he has been working with youth and young adults in churches, schools, mission agencies, and non-profit organizations. In January 2016 he started as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults at Rowville Baptist Church.

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JoHnathan Baldwin 

Johnathan is a youth pastor at Central Ministries who loves his wife, Sara, his 3 boys, youth ministry, sports, summertime, great coffee (depending on the situation, not so great coffee works too), his dog (Marcie), and, as of lately, a good book. Over the past couple years, Johnathan has felt a growing passion for guiding and empowering leaders. He believes that if we call people to greatness, they will achieve greatness.

 
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Holden McCrackiN

Holden is married to Krystle, his high school sweetheart.  He is the father of Elijah Kale and currently spends a fair amount of time changing diapers.  He has been serving as a student pastor in Oklahoma for 10 years and is currently the student pastor at Immanuel in Duncan, Oklahoma.   He loves to be outdoors playing golf, hunting, fishing, running, or really any other outdoor activity.  He loves to travel and go on mission trips. One of his favorite countries is Ethiopia.  He has a passion for missions & evangelism.

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Kristen Lascola

Kristen is the middle school pastor at North Coast Church in SoCal. She’s been married to the funniest man she knows since 2011 and together they eat all the sushi they can, watch “Arrested Development”, and chase after their 3 year old daughter. She has a concerning obsession with wiener dogs and goes to wiener dog events & conventions in her free time. Her passion in ministry is creating space for students to use their gifts, helping students make connections to God and each other, and developing and launching new leaders.

 
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Andrew Gouge

Andrew is a former 7th grade teacher and currently serves Overbrook Church in Greenville, SC as the Pastor of Students and Children.  He and his wife Lindsey enjoy hiking, running, hanging out with teenagers, because they never grew up.

Brent McCoy

Brent  is the Youth Minister at First Baptist Church, Ponca City. He is also a weekend DJ at The House FM. He can be heard delivering sick puns on Saturday and Sunday nights. He has been married to Marybeth since 2001, and he’s a Dad to 5 kids...all from the same woman. He enjoys reading, playing basketball, and Transformers. Brent’s blog entries should never, under any circumstances, be taken too seriously. Consult your physician to see if his posts could be right for you.

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Hayden Dennis

Hayden is the student pastor at Checotah First Baptist Church. A life long Oklahomie, who loves building future leaders of the church. In his free time, Hayden enjoys being a wannabe comedian, playing basketball, and striving to be the greatest monopoly player of all time. As a joke, he entered the 2013 NBA Draft.

 
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Josh Hurley

Josh is the student director at NewStory Church in the city of Chicago. He is also the director of an after school program called Club StuCo that teaches students team work and leadership skills while mentoring and helping them determine the importance of their self worth.  In his free times he builds sets and designs props for local theatres, plays video games, and loves going biking.

 
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Steve Hall

Steve has spent the last 10 years in student ministry and currently serves at First Baptist Piedmont. He is married to his best friend, Kristin. His passion is to see students take ownership of their faith and live a life that leaves an impact for the kingdom. In his spare time he enjoys friends, coffee, movies, and spends an exuberant amount of energy talking about the OKC Thunder and Star Wars."

 
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SAMANTHA HANNI

Samantha is the author of “Change the Conversation” and the "Bloom" devotional series. She is also published in the devotional book "Big Dreams from Small Spaces" by Group Publishing and blogs at mrshanni.com. Her work has also appeared on Devotional Diva, To Love Honor and Vacuum, and in the OCHEC Informer. From teaching dance classes to leading Sunday school and small groups, Samantha has taught and mentored girls since 2007. Her latest book, “Bloom Book 1: Me & God” is the first in a devotional series for girls ages 10 and up, and is available for purchase through Amazon. She and her husband Kurtis live in Oklahoma City.

Jason Taylor

Jason is the Minister of Worship & Students at First Baptist Church, Joplin, MO. He and his wife, Christy, have three, Abbye, Ainsley, & Adlee; and are expecting their fourth in June of 2017.  Jason is a 24 year veteran in full-time Student Ministry.  He is a die hard Oklahoma Sooners fan. He is a Husband, Father, Minister, & Friend trying to live everyday to make Jesus Christ famous.