Director of Youth Ministries: St. Lukes UMC, Orlando, FL

With prior education & work in music performance and audio visual production, Brandon brings a different perspective to worship leadership & youth ministry, and creating the space for youth to experience & encounter God through worship.

Brandon Sangster

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Hope UMC, Trinity, FL

Britt is a youth ministry veteran who has worked with youth ministries, camps, and the Florida United Methodist Conference for more than a decade. He loves the outdoors, camping, fishing, and laughing with old friends and new.

Britt Holdren


Program Coordinator: Warren Willis Camp and Retreat Center

I am the program coordinator for Warren Willis Camp and Conference Center. Before accepting this position in January I was a children's and youth director within the Methodist Church and have worked for Tampa Urban YoungLife. 

Elyse Grossman

Executive Directive of Ministries: Bay Hope Church, Lutz, FL

I work with our Kids, Students, Adults and Care teams. I believe the local church is God's Plan A.

Jon Michael Richardson


Asbury Theological Seminary

Dr. Brian Russell (Ph.D.) is Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies on the Orlando campus of Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Russell is an ordained Deacon in the UMC. He has taught for the Youth Ministry Institute for over a decade. He is well know for his dynamic teaching and commitment to the missional engagement of culture.

Dr. Brian D. Russell


Regional Director, YMI Florida

Kirsten Knox, was part of the second class to complete the YMI two-year coaching and training class in 2009. She has since been a coach on multiple occasions. Kirsten Knox is married and a graduate of Asbury University with a degree in youth ministry. She began working in youth ministry in 2000, serving Pasadena Community United Methodist Church for a decade.

Kirsten Knox

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