Our Team Is Your Biggest Fan

All of our members are assigned to a mastermind to receive the quality coaching and excellent community it takes to grow as a ministry leader. Meet of some of our all-star staff. Seriously, these people rock and love youth ministers! 


Chad Higgins

Higgins is a 13 year youth ministry veteran that has literally served in every size church. From church plants to mega-growth congregations Chad has worked in them all.

Youth Ministry Favorite: Helping youth ministers find a breakthrough and equipping volunteers for greatness

Areas of Excellence: Teaching, Leader training, and systems building. If you are looking to strengthen or grow a ministry Chad has the skills and encouragement to help you do so. 


Kristen Lascola

"K-cola" brings 14 years of Jr. High ministry experience. She has served as a volunteer,  an intern, a director and a pastor.

Youth Ministry Favorite: Sincere love of jr, highers, "They are rad! So hilarious, and up for anything! I also can't believe I get paid to study and teach the Bible!" 

Areas of Excellence: Leader development & Jr. High Ministry

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Karl Romeus

Karl is the student ministry director at the vibrant multi-site Bayside Church in California. He is also a part of the leadership team for Thrive Unleashed a youth conference for thousands of students. 

Youth Ministry Favorite: Leading dynamic teams and growing new sites of ministry. 

Areas of Excellence: Leader development, multi-site ministry, growth, team-building


Zac Workun

"Workun" has spent 13 years of his life thinking about and leading in youth ministries of various sizes in multiple denominations.

Youth Ministry Favorite: When students notice (and remember) the little (planned) details of a camp or retreat experience 9 years later. It's all about the little things that make big differences! 

Areas of Excellence: Leadership. Creativity, Events, Technology 


Damien Parks

"D-Parks" comes to the table with over 14 years of ministry experience serving in a multiple church environments from the established traditional church to the modern megachurch. He has also served in a various ministry environments from the inner city to suburban districts. 

Youth Ministry Favorites:  Retreats, mission trips, high volumed intake of dr. pepper, and watching the youth lead their church to reach their city. 

Areas of Excellence: Administration, Creative Teaching, Parent ministry, Volunteer recruitment/coaching, innovative outreach.

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Brent Squires

“Mr. Squires” has a passion for pointing people toward Jesus and has 20+ years of experiences doing so. As the Student Ministry Pastor at Bay Area Community Church, Brent oversees a full-time staff of five, as well as over 50 adult volunteers. He received his M.A. from Liberty University and has pursued his theological training from Fuller Theological Seminary’s Institute of Youth Ministry, as well as Washington Bible College’s EQUIP Certificate. Brent and his wife Patti have been married since 1992, and have three children, Paul (19), Timothy (18), and Lauren (16). He enjoys reading, running, attending his children’s sporting events, and watching Redskins football.

Youth Ministry Favorite: He aims at accomplishing this daily by dedicating his Time, Talent, Treasure, and Testimony to Him.

Areas Of Expertise: Building teams, Creating systems, Developing Leaders and Multi-site ministry.

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Aaron Fullbright

"Bright" has been serving in student ministry for 8+ years in a variety of student ministry roles. He currently serves at Immanuel Baptist in Shawnee, OK.

Youth Ministry Favorites: Equipping students to lead others to Christ. I may be a prime leader of ministry, but I’m never want to be the prime doer of ministry.

Areas of Excellence: Teaching, Evangelism, and Vision-casting. I find it important to think in the moment and in the future. Everything in ministry needs to be done with eyes focused on the moment and the future. 


Lee Barnes

Lee is boosting over 25 years of experience in youth and family ministry, he has worked in churches and camps across North Carolina, in parachurch settings, and in training and consulting family ministries in churches across the Southeastern United States. Lee is the husband of 20 years to Kim and the Dad of four awesome children ranging from middle school to early college. (Yes, he has his own youth group at home!).

Youth Ministry Favorite - Leading, reading, and growing youth ministry leaders. He literally made it his job! 

Area of Excellence - Youth & Family ministries, Church-Parachurch partnerships, UMCYM,

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Rush Beam 

Rush has over 18 years of youth ministry experience inside the UMC and outside the box.  Rush is both a pastor and artist. He is also an Enneagram 9, INFJ, Coffee-love, and proud father to 3 adopted kids and 1 amazing wife who’s more awesome than him.

Youth Ministry Favorite - Building structure and rhythm into programing and events. Growing leaders who are worth following. Dropping the spirit into stale piles. Hanging with teenagers over coffee.

Area of Excellence - Multi-Site Youth Ministry, Art in worship, Ministry & Nature, UMCYM,