Doug Fields is a 30+ year youth pastor, who now resources youth ministries through DownloadYouthMinistry.com, He’s the author of more than 50 books including Help! I’m a Student Leader & Speaking to Teenagers. More information about Doug is available at www.dougfields.com.




Heather Flies is the Junior High Pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, MN.  She began her ministry at Wooddale when she joined the staff as the Junior High Associate in 1996. In 1998, she joined the pastoral staff. She spends a significant amount of time caring for youth workers and training them all across the country. Calves to be reckoned with. Gives a back-breaking hug.




Angie Franklin is an incredible writer and author for LeaderTreks, an organization committed to changing students lives through leadership and challenge. She writes the monthly student leadership curriculum for Download Youth Ministry and is also married to the guy listed right above her. Hey, why isn’t she listed first? Yeah, we’re going to change it. Actually, you probably already realize that because now her husband is listed below. Take that, Franklin!




Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative discipleship and leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. He and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. Doug grew up in Illinois and is a graduate of Wheaton College. His passion is using experiential learning to help students and adults grow as leaders. Doug is the author of three books; Student Leader Start Here, The Disconnect and Moving On.




Terry Linhart is a long-time veteran in youth ministry. After 15 years in full-time ministry, he has been teaching Christian Ministries at Bethel College for 16 years and now leads an online/hybrid Masters of Arts in Ministry. Terry’s latest book, The Self-Aware Leader, helps leaders of old ages be more effective in leading others. Last year, Terry served as editor ofTeaching the Next Generations, a book written by an all-star lineup of youth ministry educators that helps young leaders become better Christian teachers. Terry is a huge baseball and soccer fan and spends his spare time biking and trying to maintain his basketball skills while being the “old guy” during noon-time hoops.






Josh Griffin is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 20 years’ experience in the trenches, most recently as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church. He’s the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and hosts a 300+ episode youth ministry podcast with Doug Fields. He’s created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books. Josh and his wife Angela have 4 kids.