Sometimes people like to know a little bit more about the people speaking… Well, here we are!
Hey, I’m Jer. I’m the resident instigator here at NexTwelve.com and started this blog to explore topics that are meaningful to me: Leadership, Mentorship, and Intentional Living. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find NexTwelve.com equipping and encouraging.
My professional background is in human resources and organizational development. I hold bachelor’s degrees in business administration and marketing from Carthage College. After undergrad, I worked for several years as a Certified Senior Agent for Randstad in several offices on the north side of Chicago and in downtown Milwaukee. During that time, I also directed a Randstad-sponsored organizational development consulting project brokered through Voluntary Service Overseas. I ate, slept, and breathed Shishu Niloy Foundation in Jessore, Bangladesh, and found the project extremely rewarding.
Upon my return to the United States, I enrolled at Pepperdine University where I completed my JD and MBA degrees. I participated in several additional consulting projects, tried my hand at criminal defense advocacy, and helped found an African non-profit. I now sit on the board of Themba International, and work as an attorney at a major regional civil defense firm.
I have also written for several professional publications, including: InPark Magazine, The Christian Lawyer, Graziadio Business Review, and The Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law… But blogging is a lot more fun!
Although my wife, Rachelle, and I now hail from Los Angeles, we are Mid-westerners at heart. I enjoy just about any outdoor activity including hiking, hunting, and fishing. I also like weight training and running, reading inspirational non-fiction, traveling, photography, and (yes) playing video games. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
Hey, I’m Steve. I’m glad you’re here! Jer says I have to write a bio to let you know more about myself. I hate writing these things because they always seem to come off as a bit pretentious, so I apologize in advance.
I’m an award-winning author, speaker, professor, clinical counselor, consultant and mentor recognized around the world as an expert in the fields of adolescence, mentoring, identity development, and youth ministry. I hold two earned doctorates (i.e., Religion and Societal Studies/Counseling Psychology) and have served as the Chair of the Department of Youth Ministries/Adolescent Studies at Judson University, Director of Graduate Studies in Youth Ministry at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chair of the Department of Youth Ministry at Azusa Pacific University, and Dean of the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. I also serve as a lecturer in Youth Ministry for six North American Colleges and Seminaries.
I’ve spoken in 21 countries and I’m the author of several books, including The Struggle (2001), How to Stay Christian in High School (2004), Teenage Guys (2006), a series of six books entitled What Do I Do When… (2009), and most recently The Crest (2011). I wrote a regular column in Youthworker Journal entitled Renovatus and I’ve conducted continuing education seminars and workshops for organizations such as Youth for Christ International, Compassion International, the U.S. Military, professional sports & athletic organizations, public school districts, and private schools throughout the United States.
I believe life-change happens in the context of intentionally-loving relationships. The greatest possible investment is that made in the lives of other people — and that’s why I’m working with Jer on NexTwelve.com. Blogging provides a great opportunity for me to invest in you and I hope you’ll join in the dialogue on this website.
My wife Jan and I live in Southern California and are now “empty nesters.” Our daughter, Andrea and her husband Matt, and our daughter Alison also reside nearby. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
Thanks for stopping by!