Youth Ministries Resources and Recommendations

District Youth Coordinators

One strength of the United Methodist Church is our connection to other churches through our conference (North Georgia in our case) and our districts. Your district youth coordinator is a youth minister at a local church in your district who offers his or her services to help promote youth ministry within your district. This is done through planning of district events such as rallies, training events, and even retreats. A DYC is also a great resource person for ideas and getting to know other youth workers (volunteer as well as paid staff) in your area.

To find out your district, click here

Then look below to find out who the District Youth Coordinator of your district is (or a contact person for your district youth ministry):

Athens-Elberton                Rev. Kaylen Short (Midway UMC – Auburn)            770-757-9294
Atlanta-College Park         Robert King (Cascade)                                       404-691-5770
Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford     Brett Hellesheim (Mountain Park UMC)                 615-336-4415
Atlanta-Emory                   Chris Moss (Tucker First UMC)                                   770-883-3095
Atlanta-Marietta                Nikki Hobus, Kennesaw UMC                              706-338-5471
Atlanta-Roswell                 Chris Mixer (Simpsonwood UMC)           205-218-7533
Augusta                             Aaron Talbott (Thomson FUMC)                     706-595-3936
Gainesville                         Jeremy Noffsinger (Clayton First UMC)   706-782-4426, x 226
Griffin                                Christina Patterson (Jonesboro First)             770-823-8562
LaGrange                          Blake Trent (LaGrange First)                              706-884-4635
Northwest                          Nate Juvinall   (Dalton FUMC)                           706-278-8494
Rome-Carrollton                Josh Stitcher (Breman UMC)                           770-537-4925


Websites                     Cokesbury’s site for youth resources          United Methodist resources and links for youth and young adults   A national network all about the hearts and souls of youth workers                            Southeastern jurisdiction’s site for ministries with young people               Search Institutes’ 40 developmental assets for raising successful young people                         Devotional lifestyle magazine for teens and by teens

Books all available through

The Godbearing Life; The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry by Kenda Creasy Dean and Ron Foster
United Methodist Youth Handbook by Michael Selleck
Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens edited by Dorothy Bass and Don Richter
Purpose Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Essential Foundation for Healthy Growth by Doug Fields
The CORE Realities of Youth Ministry: 9 Biblical Principles That Mark Healthy Youth Ministries by Mike Yaconelli
Single-Digit Youth Groups: Working with Fewer Than 10 Teens by Marcey Balcomb

CDs/DVDs all available through

Power Play Volume 5 – interactive group games (Group Publishing)
Jr High Tuff Stuff and Jr High Bible Stuff – video small group curriculum (Group Publishing)
Nooma DVD series on a variety of topics by Rob Bell (Zondervan)
eMerge – electronic small-group resource that is fun, interactive and transformational