Take a moment to meet the people who make ym360 happen.
Andy Blanks leads all the content creation for ym360. If it's a blog post, resource, or workshop, Andy has his hands on it (for better or worse!). In 2003 he took a gig in youth ministry publishing where his passions for God's Word and for creating intersected in a dynamic way. He was hooked. Andy lives in Birmingham, AL with his wonderful wife Brendt, their three daughters, and one son. He's a pretty big fan of both the Boston Red Sox and anything involving the Auburn Tigers. When he's not hanging out with his family or volunteering at his church's youth ministry, you can find Andy trail running or mountain biking.
Les Bradford collaborates in most all aspects of ym360. Les has served as leadership in youth ministry orgs since 2006. Les has a knack for making all the moving parts work together. Youth ministry helped shape his life, and his youth pastor continues to be a great source of encouragement and friendship to this day. Les enjoys all things outdoors and wishes he was better at golf. Les and his wife Jamie live in Birmingham, AL with their son, Gage and daughter, Gracie.
J. Roger Davis joined ym360 in 2015 as President and leader of all live events & experiences. Roger has been creating and giving leadership to excellent, gospel-centered youth ministry events since 1993. He's always energized by the opportunity to create moments that matter for you and your students. Roger bleeds Tennessee Vol orange and is a big Dallas Cowboys & San Antonio Spurs fan (where he used to be a ball boy.) He and his wife, Becca (a former YM) live in Birmingham with their 4 kids: Sterling, Landry, Kinsley, and Murray.
ym360 Fact: Lee Moore was ym360's first-ever full time employee. Lee loves helping youth workers with the best customer care you'll find. Lee currently serves as Chaplain of Pelham High School Baseball Team and Helena Middle School Baseball Team, as well as Sunday School teacher. A former youth pastor, his first love is Jesus and his passion is to encourage students to live for An Audience of 1. Lee lives in Helena, Alabama with his wife, Tammy, and their daughter, Abby. Their son, Austin is attending UAH on a baseball scholarship.
Angela Terry is all things ym360 Events -- both live events and our ym360 Event Curriculum. Angela has a deep passion for equipping the church in the discipleship process, and seeks to make the youth worker’s job easier. As the wife of a college pastor herself, Angela spends a lot of time “in the trenches,” ministering to the college students of greater Birmingham. On any given day, Angela enjoys filling her free time with sports (mainly the Denver Broncos), HGTV, baking and shopping. Angela lives in north Birmingham with her husband Madison and dog Maple.
Everything Laurel-Dawn touches turns to gold, and that's why we're so thrilled to have her as Art Director at ym360. A military kid who bounced around the US before finally landing in Birmingham, LD graduated from Auburn University and began making the world a beautiful place through the graphic arts. The former Art Director of Morf magazine, her favorite thing to do is take meaningful content and give it life visually. LD is a connoisseur of fine television, including but not limited to: Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and Homeland, and in her spare time you can find her painting, honing her emoji game, and investing in the daily coconut-popsicles-and-water-sprinklers ritual with her son, Lochlan.
Since 2004 Erin has been working to integrate creativity and imagination into authentic worship experiences through live, video, spoken word, and interactive elements, specifically built to engage the minds and hearts of students. She firmly believes in the power of creating beautiful, powerful, and hilarious things as a way to help teenagers consider the Gospel in fresh ways. When not leading rousing office discussions on the spiritual implications of LOST or Harry Potter, Erin is pen pals with Robert Duvall, the co-author of a YA fantasy-adventure series, and a story coach for Arc Stories. A displaced Texan in Dixie, Erin moved to Birmingham to study theater and because she liked a boy, ok? Turns out, he felt the same way, and after a great deal of dramatic tension, he did, in fact, put a ring on it, and now she's mama bear to their two daughters, Holland and Marlo.
Jake Rasmussen is a ym360 ninja in every sense. Jake helps ym360 across the board with strategy in areas like marketing, launching new resources, and customer care. Jakes has a passion for youth ministry having previously served with Group Publishing/Simply Youth Ministry for over 6 years. He loves being outdoors and was once known to be a Crossfit junkie. Growing up in Arizona, he's a legitimate Arizona Wildcats fan. (He really wishes he lived in Alabama where he could be a true Auburn fan ... at least that's what Les and Andy think.) Jake lives with his wife Jennifer and their 4 children in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Anna Archer has her hands in a little bit of everything around here, from order fulfillment to running point on admin tasks for all kinds of different ym360 projects. If you have downloaded any of our freebies or placed an order on our website and ever needed help, you'll likely have the privilege of working with Anna. And if you ever stop by our office, Anna will be the first bright and smiling face you'll see. She has a heart for serving youth workers and a desire to see lives become Kingdom driven. In her free time, Anna reads anything she can get her hands on and impatiently waits for the Olympic Games to cycle back around while dreaming of one day becoming the next Bob Costas. Anna lives with her husband, Jared, in Hoover with the closest thing they have to children—two spotted succulents named Rocky and Woody. Anna is a fan of food that contains gluten, Brett Favre, TOMS, popcorn kernels that are halfway popped, British culture, Target, and the state of Alabama.
This guy is a mad scientist when it comes to visual media. While he has deep roots in youth ministry, he’s found a prominent niche in photography and video. Six Foot Five powers all of ym360's video. If it's any sort of motion graphic, promo or illustration video, it came from Six Foot Five. While Taylor shoots video and tells stories for organizations all over the world, he loves the Kingdom impact their work with ym360 makes possible. Connect with 6F5.
Richard Parker is the resident youth ministry guru at ym360. Richard has served as a youth minister for the past 37 years, (Shockingly, he was Les' youth minister yet STILL decided to stay in ministry!) He is one of the co-founders of a new church start, Branches Church in Russellville, Alabama, where he is student pastor. Richard serves as a special projects editor and staff writer. In addition to several of YM360's core curriculum options, Richard has written many of YM360's free lessons, devotions, and blog posts. He and his wife Amy have two daughters, Lauren and Leah, and one granddaughter.
We are blessed beyond measure to have this team of contributors representing a lifetime of passion, experience, and wisdom. Our contributors write many of the incredible articles on the ym360 Blog, as well as some of our Bible Study Resources, Free Stuff, and more.
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