• ADDIE TEEVANS: Leadership Specialist

    ADDIE TEEVANS Leadership Specialist

    ADDIE TEEVANS: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    Growing up in Bartlett, Illinois, I loved running around with my sisters and brother. We had a great time playing sports and riding our bikes all over town. When I was sixteen, the Lord ignited a passion in my heart for studying His Word and serving His people. After high school, I attended Moody Bible Institute. During my time there, I began serving with a youth group in my hometown. Nothing has brought me more joy than working in youth ministry and seeing students learn and grow in their walks with Christ. It was after graduating from Moody that the Lord directed my steps to LeaderTreks. I could not be more thankful for this opportunity to work with students and see them develop as leaders and ambassadors for Christ’s kingdom!

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I love student leadership development because it is simply fulfilling what Christ has called us to. Each person is called to be a leader and a person of influence for Christ’s kingdom, and students have the potential to be some of the biggest movers and shakers in society today. It brings me great joy to see students realize the impact that they can have on the world for Christ and to watch them make that difference!

  • LAUREN NEWMAN: Leadership Specialist

    LAUREN NEWMAN Leadership Specialist

    LAUREN NEWMAN: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    Raised in Sumter, South Carolina, I discovered a love for adventuring with the youth group I grew up in. My involvement with my youth group developed me as a leader and a disciple. As we annually attended Salkehatchie Summer Service, a desire was created to be a part of a God-movement to help further the Kingdom. I never had intentions of going into full-time ministry, but God had other plans for me. After graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a B.A in Health Communications and a minor in Religious Studies, I had the blessing to work with Teen Challenge. It was there that I realized how much joy I felt when leading and pouring into students. I’m excited to continue to work with students through LeaderTreks, and I know God is going to do immeasurably more through this season.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    My desire is to see students grow deeper in their relationship with the Lord and grow as leaders in a way they never saw as possible.

  • JESSE BEWLEY: Leadership Specialist

    JESSE BEWLEY Leadership Specialist

    JESSE BEWLEY: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    Growing up in the small town of Sandwich, Illinois, I spent a significant amount of time in the church where my father was a pastor. I enjoyed playing football and wrestling in high school and continued to play football at Trinity International University, graduating with a degree in Christian Ministry. After graduation, I spent the summer at a church in Iowa as an intern in their youth ministry. I enjoy working at LeaderTreks because I am able to disciple students so they can expand their influences for Christ back in their hometowns.

    Why do you love student leadership development?
    I love student leadership development because we get to come alongside students, challenging them and encouraging them. Through this, they are able to grow in their leadership and influence. It fires me up to see students go back into their schools after a mission trip and make their lunch table their mission field. Seeing students use their kingdom influence to fulfill the Great Commission is what fuels my passion for ministry.
  • CHRISTIAN WOODLEY: Leadership Specialist

    CHRISTIAN WOODLEY Leadership Specialist

    CHRISTIAN WOODLEY: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    Growing up in Edina, MN, I discovered a love for the outdoors and for adventure through summer trips to Northern Minnesota with my family. In middle school and high school, I got involved in youth group at church and began to discover that the greatest adventure comes from knowing and following Jesus. During this time, one of the biggest influences on my life was a variety of leaders who poured into me and encourage me live out my faith and be a leader to those around me. After graduating from Wheaton College with a degree in communication, I came to LeaderTreks and am now embracing the opportunity to disciple students in their faith and leadership in the same way that was so impactful for me growing up.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I love leadership development because it pushes students outside their comfort zones into a realm of trusting and knowing God that many of them have never experienced before.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Foundations of Leadership

    Team up

    Inner Armor

    Silver
    Certified

    Silver
    Certified

    Silver
    Certified

  • KAYLA COSTLEY: Leadership Specialist

    KAYLA COSTLEY Leadership Specialist

    KAYLA COSTLEY: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    Growing up in Winfield, IL, I was an avid participant at school, church, and youth group. My involvement in youth group grew me as a disciple and created a desire to disciple others. As a result,  I began working with the junior high and high school youth groups during my time at Wheaton College, where I earned a Psychology degree. Spending my college summers working at Timber-lee Ministries led me to discover even more my love for investing in students, as well as for summer camp and the outdoors. I love seeing students grow and rise to embrace challenge both through youth group and LeaderTreks.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    Every student is full of unrecognized potential, in need of someone to name it and challenge them. It is an incredible joy to see students respond to challenge, recognize their potential, and begin to identify how God is at work in and through them.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Foundations of Leadership

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    Inner Armor

    Silver
    Certified

    Silver
    Certified

    Silver
    Certified

  • MINDY SCHWEITZER: Wilderness Program Manager

    MINDY SCHWEITZER Wilderness Program Manager

    MINDY SCHWEITZER: Wilderness Program Manager

    About Me

    I grew up in Winfield, IL but one of the most influential aspects of my childhood was spending my summers at Camp Forest Springs in the northwoods of Wisconsin.

    I graduated from Wheaton College in 2014 with a degree in Christian Education and Ministry with a certificate in Adventure Leadership Ministry. During my college years I continued to be very involved with my camp, working there every summer and one winter; two of those summers were on the camp’s wilderness staff team helping with logistics and leading trips in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Additionally, I spent one semester of my college experience participating in an intentional Wilderness Immersion Leadership Development program (WILD) through Gordon College.

    These experiences at camp and in college are what helped launch my passion for wilderness ministry and led me to LeaderTreks.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I love it when students start to “get it.” When they begin to understand a skill or especially some truth about God and they use that momentum to start asking even harder questions or taking on more challenges/risks for the Lord.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Trip Leader Certification

    Foundations of Leadership

    Team Up

    Inner Armor

    Master Trip Leader

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

  • DUSTEN BYBEE:       Leadership Specialist

    DUSTEN BYBEE Leadership Specialist

    DUSTEN BYBEE: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    I moved around a lot as a kid, but came to call Tuscaloosa, Alabama my home. I graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA in Anthropology, focusing primarily in Archaeology, and a minor/certification in Geographic Information Systems before coming on with LeaderTreks full time. I can often be found exploring forests, rivers, valleys, and mountains either on foot or by the page of a good book. I have a fiery passion for sharing my love of all things outdoors with anyone and everyone, which is only surpassed by my focus on listening to God, and my calling and love for the people of his kingdom.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I believe that youth ministry is immeasurably important, and that by pouring all we are into students through fellowship and strong discipleship, the kingdom will grow. Christ’s love for us is poetic, mysteriously beautiful, and strangely familiar, and sharing it with all is the heart of life.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Foundations of Leadership

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    Inner Armor

    Gold
    Certified
    Silver
    Certified

    Silver
    Certified

  • CHASE DICKSON: Leadership Specialist

    CHASE DICKSON Leadership Specialist

    CHASE DICKSON: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    I was born and raised in the humid heat of Houston, Texas. My home church began partnering with LeaderTreks when I was in middle school, though I did not go on any trips myself until my Junior year of High School. Watching the transformation in both my friends and myself as leaders in the Kingdom helped me to begin to realize God’s calling for my life. I graduated from Oklahoma State University in the Fall of 2015 with a degree in Economics and a minor in religious studies, and began working on the Summit Team soon thereafter. My desire is for students to experience the same realizations I had as a high school student through my own experiences with LeaderTreks: that God has gifted each of his children to make an impact in His Kingdom.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I love seeing students come to the understanding that they aren’t just spiritual consumers, but can actually contribute in the Kingdom. There is both incredible power and freedom in the knowledge of who God made you to be and how you can positively impact those around you to live lives devoted to Christ.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Foundations of Leadership

    Team up

    Inner Armor

    Silver
    Certified

    Silver
    Certified

    Silver
    Certified

  • JG MOTTICE: Leadership Specialist

    JG MOTTICE Leadership Specialist

    JG MOTTICE: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    Raised in Tallahassee, Florida, my family always encouraged me to take advantage of new opportunities and adventure. Aside from meaning that I didn’t spend much time indoors, it meant that I was exposed to several coaches, counselors, teachers, and youth pastors; and the ones that faithfully followed Jesus changed my life. When I came to Wheaton College, I saw the other side of discipleship in my time as a camp counselor, and then that experience became refined to a passion as I saw the power of the gospel in my daily relationships. Following my desire to see the gospel imparted to others in faithfulness has led me to LeaderTreks, where I hope to be used in a way similar to those who impacted me.

    In my spare time, you will likely find me running around with a frisbee, writing rap parody hits in my closet, eating bread, or hanging out with my local church’s youth group.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    At some point, all leaders come to the realization they can’t do it all. I love student leadership development because I get to see when a student gets to this point, discovers Christ’s total sufficiency for them, and then rises to lead with bold freedom that is founded solely in our God.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Foundations of Leadership

    Team Up

    Inner Armor

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

  • DAVID COON: Leadership Specialist

    DAVID COON Leadership Specialist

    DAVID COON: Leadership Specialist

    About Me

    During my high school and college years in Northwest Arkansas, I loved being challenged in outdoor adventure through the Boy Scouts of America and serving on mission trips through school. I worked four summers at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico as a wilderness trek guide (2011-2014), including training backpacking guides and co-managing a summer of 21-day intense wilderness youth leadership development programs. I graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas in May 2014 with a B.S. in International Business and a minor in Spanish. After a year working as a human resource generalist, I felt led by God to re-enter the field of youth leadership development, focusing on developing godly leaders. I am energized by outdoor adventure, though I have discovered the greatest adventure is following God’s lead. I joined LeaderTreks in December 2015.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I realize that our youth are the “leaders in training” for our businesses, communities and churches. I’m excited by the privilege to be used by God to encourage young men and women as Christ followers who use their influence for His glory!

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
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    Silver
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  • DAN HIBEN: Program Manager

    DAN HIBEN Program Manager

    DAN HIBEN: Program Manager

    About Me:

    I grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL and loved participating in church and youth group activities throughout junior high and high school. I also enjoyed attending summer camp in northern Wisconsin during junior high and high school and grew to love the outdoors through the experiences I had there. During college, I worked on summer staff at HoneyRock and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Anthropology and Christian Education & Ministry with a certificate in Adventure Ministry Leadership. Working at LeaderTreks, I love getting to disciple students in the same kinds of ways that were meaningful to me during my junior high, high school, and college years. I love being active and spending time outdoors, running, playing ultimate frisbee, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I love leadership development because it helps students catch a vision of what God has in store for them and helps them see the potential they have to do great things for the kingdom of God.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Trip Leader Certification

    Foundations of Leadership

    Team Up

    Inner Armor

    Master Trip Leader

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

  • TARYN SEEMANN: Training Coordinator

    TARYN SEEMANN Training Coordinator

    TARYN SEEMANN: Training Coordinator

    About Me:

    I grew up in various states across the East Coast and the Midwest, but now I’m happy to call Glendale Heights, IL my home. After studying International Development at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, I began work at LeaderTreks as a Leadership Specialist and currently serve as the Coordinator of Training and Events. It’s my greatest joy to develop students as disciples and leaders, and I’m grateful for opportunities to care for and equip youth workers and adult volunteers who serve in youth ministries across the country.

    Why do you love student leadership development?

    I love how leadership development makes students into Spirit led world-changers. It challenges students to not settle for what the world may expect of them, and it empowers students to realize their God-given potential to influence others toward Christ.

    LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS
    Trip Leader Certification

    Foundations of Leadership

    Team Up

    Inner Armor

    Master Trip Leader

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

    Gold Certified

  • ROBB ROBINS: Project Manager

    ROBB ROBINS Project Manager

    ROBB ROBINS: Project Manager

    ABOUT ME

    I love seeing people take a step in following closer to Jesus. Whether it is their first step in choosing to follow Christ or one in many steps that brings them closer to the God who created, loves, and shepherds them, I want to help people see the desire that God has to be closer to them.

    I grew up in the middle of the Northwoods of Wisconsin, canoeing, camping, swimming, and spending days with my four siblings exploring God’s creation. Now, I live in Glen Ellyn, IL with two great kids and a wonderful wife. We are active members and leaders in our church, Church of the Resurrection, an Anglican church that meets in Wheaton, IL.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS PRODUCT

    Leadership Journey

    WHY DO YOU LOVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    I believe that students can have an incredible impact on their peers and on the church as full members of the body of Christ. When a student loves and leads others as Jesus would, those around can’t help but be drawn closer to Jesus through his or her words and actions. I am so glad to be a part of an organization that does not look down on students because there are young, but strives to equip them for the ministry that God has placed deep in their hearts.

  • JENNY DAAB:                Publishing Director

    JENNY DAAB Publishing Director

    JENNY DAAB: Publishing Director

    ABOUT ME

    Born in Canada, I grew up experiencing the joys of snow, camping in all seasons, exploring the rich natural history of the Niagara Escarpment and Great Lakes, and (of course) hockey. I loved being empowered as a leader and learning the value of teamwork while hiking/camping, serving the community, and living out the motto of the Girl Guides of Canada, “Be Prepared.” When I was halfway through high school, my family headed south to seek warmer climes…in Holland, Michigan. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000, where I met my husband, Luke. Since 2001, we’ve called the western suburbs of Chicago home. Luke and I are active members of Glen Ellyn Bible Church, where we are both involved in leading worship, and where I have enjoyed leading and teaching in women’s ministries. I love to read book and comics, watch movies, try new recipes, play Nintendo, camp, travel, learn new languages and instruments, neglect the plants in my garden, make stuff and find new ways to goof off with Luke and our two dogs, Rory and Daphne.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS PRODUCT

    Deep Discipleship

    WHY DO YOU LOVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    I was drawn to LeaderTreks because leadership development permeates everything we do. Leadership development is not just for the students we serve, it’s part of our culture. I love being part of an organization that recognizes that everyone can be a leader, and that leadership development is a life-long process. I love seeing that moment when someone gains a new skill or deepens their understanding of God in a way that brings them greater confidence and purpose. It’s transformational!

  • ANGIE FRANKLIN: Publisher

    ANGIE FRANKLIN Publisher

    ANGIE FRANKLIN: Publisher

    ABOUT ME

    Born, raised, and still living in West Chicago. I now live here with my wonderful husband, Doug, and our dog, Diesel (who we love way too much). I’m a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, and I still love to take in the city life of Chicago. (If you ever visit, I recommend the Grand Lux Cafe on Michigan Ave.)

    Much of my focus and time is spent on those who are considered the “least.” The refugees in our community are some of the greatest people I know, and have become some of my good friends.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS PRODUCT

    Deep Discipleship
    Journey To Awareness

    WHY DO YOU LOVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    I work at LeaderTreks because I see the impact and intentionality of this ministry. Developing leaders is a great way to cause change and make disciples, and multiply influence. If student’s don’t learn to lead now, when will they? My favorite part of the job, though, is getting to support our staff and partners around the globe in the quest of growing kingdom leaders.

  • DAN COLWIN: Partnership Director

    DAN COLWIN Partnership Director

    DAN COLWIN: Partnership Director

    ABOUT ME

    I grew up in Wisconsin (lifelong Packers and Brewers fan!) in an amazing Christian home and was very involved in youth group my entire life. My wife Clare and I live in West Chicago with our son Everett and little puggle Roxy. We love our church family (Life Church in Wheaton), and volunteer together in the youth group. We enjoy spending time outdoors (I love canoeing), taking walks, having fires, reading, building Legos, working in the garden, and watching movies. I love my job because I get to build relationships with youth pastors all day long.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS PRODUCT

    Deep Discipleship and Journey to Awareness

    WHY DO YOU LOVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    Student leadership development is amazing because it challenges students not only to own their faith, but to truly live out the mission God has placed on their lives. When students know and understand the potential they have to create lasting positive change in this world through the power of Christ, they are truly unstoppable.

  • DAN ELSEN: Program Director

    DAN ELSEN Program Director

    DAN ELSEN: Program Director

    ABOUT ME

    I grew up in Montana with a wilderness playground in my backyard but enjoyed spending my summers in Wisconsin at our family lodge. After graduating from Wheaton college in 2002, I spent two years serving in China as an English teacher. On returning from Asia I embarked on another overseas adventure spending the fall in India, Northern Uganda and Sudan working with various indigenous ministries as well as Samaritan’s Purse. At that point I felt the Lord calling me back to Wheaton College where I served for six years directing the Summer Leadership School and Residential Camp program at HoneyRock. This work in leadership development led to my current role with LeaderTreks as the program director. I currently live in West Chicago with my beautiful wife Meredith and my daughter Lindsay.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS PRODUCT

    Student Leaders Start Here

    WHY DO YOU LOVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    Leadership development is key to the transformational process as followers of Jesus. We are at our best as disciples when we are learning to follow Jesus and influencing others in trusting Him. This dimension of faith is best learned and lived experientially. I love being a part of LeaderTreks passion to provide students with opportunities and resources to become transformational leaders.

  • DOUG FRANKLIN: President

    DOUG FRANKLIN President

    DOUG FRANKLIN: President

    ABOUT ME

    I love youth ministry and the people who serve in it. I work with an incredible team creating tools and resources that enable youth workers to develop students into leaders. I want to influence youth workers to challenge students and prepare them for leadership in the kingdom of God.

    I am married to a wonderfully creative woman named Angie Jones. We live in West Chicago, Illinois, but we love to serve those in the world that don’t have enough.

    I am passionate about leadership development in the church. I was a youth pastor for 12 years and during that time I had many different focuses in my ministry: evangelism, discipleship, missions, teaching, community, and service. All were good, but one thing made all of these focuses better: students leading them.

    I’m focused on innovation; when I started LeaderTreks in 1994, all I wanted to do was create exceptional resources and experiences for students to grow into leaders. Not just for the sake of leadership, but because I wanted students to see early on God had something incredible for them, and I didn’t want them to wake up years later regretting all the years they had missed out on impacting His kingdom.

    So here’s the end goal: I would love to see youth ministry move towards preparing students to lead the church by allowing them to be the church now. Youth ministry is not the ministry of the church to students. Youth ministry needs to be the ministry of students to their world.

    FAVORITE LEADERTREKS RESOURCE

    The Sweet Spot

    WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT?

    I want to put students in leadership roles and let them lead. And I mean truly lead, even if it means students will go through failure or the event they are leading will fail.

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