Meet Our Team
At YM360, we assemble awesome, with a team that's working to bring you incredible resources, so that you can better serve your students. We're dedicated (we've been known to answer customer care emails on the walk between Sunday School and church), we're passionate (about everything), and we're grateful God has allowed us to walk beside you as you help students know Christ and make Him known.
YM360 CO-FOUNDER & PUBLISHER, WANNA'BE FANTASY BASEBALL PRO
Andy Blanks is the Publisher and Co-Founder of YM360 and Iron Hill Press. A former Marine, Andy has been doing youth ministry since the 90s, mostly in the field of publishing and discipleship. During that time, Andy has led the development of some of the most popular Bible study curriculum and discipleship resources in the country. He has authored numerous books, Bible studies, and articles, and regularly speaks at events and conferences, both for adults and teenagers. He is active in his local church, teaching youth, adult, and men’s small groups regularly. Andy and his wife, Brendt, were married in 2000 and have lived in Birmingham, AL ever since. They have four children, three girls and one boy.
YM360 CO-FOUNDER & CEO, WANNA'BE GOLFER
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, especially being on the golf course with his son or friends. Les and his wife Jamie live in Birmingham, AL with their son, Gage and two daughters, Gracie and Raegan.
YM360 PRESIDENT, PRAYING FOR REVIVAL ON ROCKY TOP
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 youth minister) live in Birmingham with their four kids: Sterling, Landry, Kinsley, and Murray.
DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER CARE, YANKEE FAN
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. A former youth pastor, his first love is Jesus and his passion is to encourage youth pastors and youth workers. Lee currently serves as Chaplain of Pelham High School athletics. Lee and his wife, Tammy, live in Helena, Alabama, and they have four children: Abby, Austin, Justen, and Lauren.
DIRECTOR OF EVENTS, AMATEUR BASS GUITARIST
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, sons Hudson and Haddon, and dog Maple.
ART DIRECTOR, SR. GRAPHIC DESIGNER, INTERIOR DESIGN EXTRAORDINAIRE
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 husband, Mike, and their two boys, Lochlan and Shepherd.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER, FUTURE SURVIVOR TV SHOW WINNER
Anna-Kate serves as a graphic designer for YM360. She graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Art Studio and planned to become an art teacher. It didn’t take her long to realize that her true love is for design! She moved back to Birmingham and received a BFA in Graphic Design from UAB, then moved to Memphis to serve others as a designer for Fund the Nations. Growing up in student ministry, Anna-Kate considers it a true privilege to create materials that benefit students and youth leaders. When she’s not designing, you can find her doing yoga, planning her next trip across the country, or throwing on the wheel in a pottery studio.
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING, WANNA'BE AUBURN FAN
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 six 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, a rarity here in the South. Jake lives with his wife Jennifer and their four children in Birmingham.
EVENT RESOURCES COORDINATOR, TEAM USA'S #1 FAN
Anna Archer has her hands in a little bit of everything around here. But her main passion is working with youth ministers to fulfill all their Event Resource needs. If you ever place an Event Resource order on our website, or need help pulling off an awesome DNOW or retreat weekend, you'll likely have the privilege of working with Anna. 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. Anna lives in Birmingham with her husband, Jared, and daughters, Millie and Elliott.
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY, YM360'S RESIDENT WEATHER ALERT SYSTEM
Jake Hughes hopped aboard the YM360 Express in 2017, bringing with him years of knowledge and leadership in the worlds of live event production and technical nerdery. The brains behind all the gear wizardry you see at any YM360 and GENERATE event, Jake also manages YM360's web properties, order processing and fulfillment systems, and humbly serves the people when "the internet is broken" around the office. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Jake now lives in Birmingham, where he keeps us informed of severe weather patterns over YM360.
EVENT COORDINATOR, SHARER OF EXCELLENT PUPPY VIDEOS
A Birmingham native, Lindsey has been doing camp ministry for five years of her young life. She is the boots on the ground at GENERATE, co-leading staff, working with youth ministers, and managing all the details. During the year, Lindsey is also heavily involved in working with communities all around the country, locating SERVE sites for GENERATE, as well as camp planning, customer service, and CLEAR. When Lindsey is not at the office, you can find her organizing as a stress reliever, or fervently praying that Les allows her to get a YM360 Office Puppy.
FINANCIAL DIRECTOR, CPA, BELIEVING IN “THE PROCESS”
Brett Mims began supporting YM360 as Financial Director in 2017. Brett’s desire to influence students was cultivated while in college volunteering in youth ministry and working as summer camp counselor. Being on the YM360 team allows him to lead in the areas of finance and accounting so that others can focus on ministry. With life-changing experiences abroad, Brett enjoys contributing to efforts focused on reaching the nations and considers himself an adventurous eater. A graduate of The University of Alabama, Brett is an unashamed Bammer who loves dating his wife Lindsay, fishing, and playing “hee-yah!” with his two boys, Oliver and Fynn.
BIBLE STUDY SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST, YM360'S OFFICIAL OFFICE MOM
Where would we be without Amy? The joy and delight of YM360, she works with youth pastors and those who teach students by representing our Bible Study materials. Her favorite part of her job is spending time talking with those in need of Bible study material, learning about their ministry, and talking through which study would be the best fit for their setting and students. She has been involved in youth ministry as a teacher, leader, parent, and wife to a youth minister for over 20 years. Amy is officially mom to her three children (and unofficially mom to us at YM360), and wife to Bryan, a local youth minister in the Birmingham area.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, A.K.A. LIL PROVERB
Terrance Jackson is YM360's Creative Director. "Make dope stuff that points people straight to Jesus." That’s Terrance’s motto, and that’s what he strives to do everyday at YM360. Terrance produces all creative content you see in and outside the worship rooms at GENERATE that make students think or laugh, and he partners with the marketing team leading the creative efforts in social media and the YM360 Podcast. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Central Florida, Terrance has worked professionally as an actor at The Barter Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Hanger Theatre and The National Theatre for Children as well as locally in Birmingham, Alabama at Birmingham Festival Theatre, South City Theatre and The Homewood Theatre.
EVENT COORDINATOR, EXPERT FABRIC PUDDLER
Lauren, or LPB as we call her, is from the Birmingham area and has served for two summers with GENERATE Camp by YM360. As an Event Coordinator, Lauren works with all of the fine details of camp. Throughout the year, Lauren assists with GENERATE registration, handles behind-the-scenes details for GENERATE, and serves youth ministers relationally by answering phones and chats. When Lauren is not at the office, you can find her shopping in Old Navy, arranging flowers for weddings, or working out. Lauren is married to her husband, Alex.
MARKETING COORDINATOR, WAITING TO HEAR YOUR WILL SMITH JOKE
Will serves as our Marketing Coordinator. Will has his hands in email marketing, project coordination, and content you see in articles and training. Attending and working at youth camps all of his life, Will has a special place in his heart for camps and youth ministry. Will graduated from Samford University in 2018. When he isn’t working, Will is either traveling, eating at Chick-fil-a, or watching Kentucky football or basketball. Will lives in Birmingham with his wife, Lindsey, and dogs, Olive and Oscar.
EVENT COORDINATOR, CHEESEBURGER ENTHUSIAST
Hannah serves youth ministers and churches as an Event Coordinator at our GENERATE events. She has been with GENERATE in different capacities since its first year. She also manages our fulfillment processes for YM360.com orders. Hannah lives in Birmingham by way of Canyon, Texas and is a graduate of West Texas University (Go Buffs!). You can find Hannah shipping YM360 materials, as an Event Coordinator at GENERATE, or eating cheeseburgers at your local Steak-N-Shake! #OnTheWay
EVENT DIRECTOR, THE FOX
Finn Owen serves as an Event Director, a.k.a. the Swiss Army Knife of camp. He has been serving as a part of GENERATE’s summer staff since year one, and has held four different positions with GENERATE. Happy to talk University of South Carolina sports anytime, Finn also loves leading worship, watching movies, and eating Chick-fil-A sandwiches without pickles (and always with a Dr. Pepper). Finn is happy to crush any hassles you have and is always interested in talking about GENERATE!
ASSISTANT EDITOR, CHIPOTLE CONNOISSEUR
Robbie Crawford serves on the YM360 staff as Assistant Editor. Before joining our team, he served on various youth ministry staffs in part-time and full-time roles for the last ten years. Robbie graduated from Samford University with a degree in Philosophy and later received an M.Div from Liberty University. Robbie loves building Bible studies, speaking at events, and sharing the Gospel with students and adults! Robbie and his wife, Lindsay, were married in 2017. They have two loving dogs, Lucy and Moose.
Not only do we assemble awesome with our full-time team above, but we have some stinkin' incredible folks that, full-time or not, LOVE doing life with YM360 and serving with us on our mission. And we love them too! We couldn't do what we do without them.
PROJECT MANAGER, FOUNDER OF THE NASHVILLE BRANCH OF YM360
Aaron Ammon joined us at YM360 in 2016, taking on the responsibility of corraling all the creatives in the office. It ain’t an easy job, but somebody’s gotta do it. When he’s not wrangling the team here, he’s sustaining YM360's vendor relationships to make sure each product you receive is up to snuff. You can find AA-RON (as he is lovingly referred to around the office) leading worship for his local church, and being the left side of YM360's brain.
ALL THINGS VIDEO, GRAPHIC, MOTION, MAD SCIENTISTS
Six Foot Five is made up of Taylor Robinson and the power-couple Ryan and Audra Whaley. They specialize in helping organizations (like YM360) find and tell their stories well. Since YM360 started Six Foot Five has basically been our video production arm: from Generate videos, promos, bumpers, Event Resource videos, and even Teacher Prep videos. More or less, except for a few social media videos here-and-there, Six Foot Five makes all of our videos. YM360 and Six Foot Five have shared office space together for a few years now, and they make a great roomie, even if there are constant battles over how the copier works or how to make a good cup of joe.
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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