Our adventure together began our first day of class freshmen year of college. We sat next to each other in theology class (match made in heaven?) and the rest was history. We dated all throughout college and got married after our graduation.
After we were married, we felt that it was important to get involved serving at our local church. Youth ministry seemed to be the best fit, so that is what we did. Little did we know how much we would fall in love with serving God and working with the teens. What began as something we were "supposed to do" quickly turned into our passion. Serving God was hard work, but it was also exciting to watch him working in our lives and the lives of the teens. We soon realized we weren't the ones blessing the teens, but rather, serving them was one of the biggest blessings to us and our marriage.
In our years of youth ministry, we have gotten to know teens and have seen the struggles they face. We witnessed the truth behind the statistic that 60% walk away from the Church by the time they leave home. God placed a burden on our hearts to do something, to stand in the gap for the next generation of the Church. So on June 1, 2015, we launched Chosen Gen Discipleship Ministry.
Our prayer is that God will use Chosen Gen to ignite a new movement of discipleship in our churches, homes, and schools, and that this next generation of Jesus followers would rise up and "declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (1 Peter 3:9).
If we have learned anything through the bumps and winding roads of our own lives, it is that following Jesus, no matter where he leads, is an amazing adventure. He has taken us to places that are difficult, uncomfortable and sometimes even scary, but relying on him and trusting him on the journey has allowed us to see his love and power in ways we would have never experienced if we'd stayed "safe."
Justin has worked ten years in the private sector doing marketing and communications. His experience includes e-mail marketing, website management, search engine optimization (SEO), public relations, designing and creating marketing resources, leading new product rollouts, and collaborating with multiple agencies that work with the company. In addition, Justin and his wife, Kathryn, helped lead the youth group at Bethlehem Lutheran Church for seven years.
Kathryn has a degree and background in Theatre and Communications. She has a diverse set of skills and work history including volunteering at Camp Phillip, working with inner city youth at Wonderland Camp, leading workshops for First Stage Children's Theatre, directing a theatre production at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, teaching lessons and leading the elementary string orchestra through Shoreland Lutheran High School and blogging for HolyHenHouse.com. Her favorite and most important job is being a mother to her five children.