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Faculty- BA in Youth Ministry Leadership (Online)

Duffy Robbins

B.A. University of North Carolina; M.Div. Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; D.Min. Fuller Theological Seminary
drobbins@eastern.edu
610-341-5959

Duffy is well known for his insights, inspiration and humor, both in the classroom and as he travels the world speaking to teenagers, youth leaders and parents of teens. The scope of Duffy’s ministry includes work in Europe, Australia and Asia as well as speaking at venues such as the Creation Festival, the Presidential Prayer Breakfast and for Youth Specialties events. His world perspective on adolescent culture and psychology adds an extra dimension to what he offers while mentoring his students at Eastern. Duffy has authored numerous books on youth ministry techniques and tools, including The Ministry of Nurture (Zondervan), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts (Zondervan),  Spontaneous Melodramas (Zondervan), This Way To Youth Ministry (Zondervan), Everyday Object Lessons (Zondervan/Youth Specialties), Enjoy the Silence (Zondervan), Speaking to Teenagers (Zondervan) and Building a Youth Ministry That Builds Disciples (Zondervan). He is also a contributor to Youthworker Journal, The Journal of Student Ministry, Youthwork (published in England) and Good News Magazine.   Duffy and his wife have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

Professor Darrel Pearson

B.S. Colorado State University; M.Div. Bethel Theological Seminary; D.Min. Palmer Theological Seminary
dpearson@eastern.edu
610-341-1957

Darrell has a contagious love for students which creates a strong relational tone in Eastern’s youth ministry department. His years of work "on the field" with teenagers have well qualified him to serve as teacher, mentor and minister to college students who are pursuing youth ministry as a vocation. His involvement with young people includes work in the local church, para-church ministries and on-the-road event production (as founder of "Wild Truth"). With roots in Colorado, Darrell brings his expertise in wilderness camping to Eastern’s unique field experience class in the Colorado Rockies.  Darrell is sought after as a speaker and trainer for church youth ministers and volunteers and serves as a consultant with "ReThink", an organization that helps churches evaluate and grow their youth ministries.  He currently leads the youth ministry at EFC Philadelphia, a Chinese/American congregation. Additionally, Darrell has written several books on junior high/middle school ministry, including Creative Junior High Programs from A to Z (Zondervan), and Pulse Junior High Curriculum (Gospel Light).  Darrell and his wife have three grown daughters.

Eduardo RamirezEduardo Ramirez

BTh. Buenos Aires Bible Institute; B.A., M.A. University of Buenos Aires; M.A. Wheaton College; ABD University of Buenos Aires; D.Min. Palmer Theological Seminary
eramire2@eastern.edu
610-341-1708

Eduardo brings a pastor's heart to his work as a professor of youth ministry. His work prior to Eastern includes decades of experience as pastor, youth pastor and ministry director in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. For twenty four years he served as a trainer with Scripture Union in Latin America and as an author of journals and professional publications (in Spanish). Eduardo leads an annual trip/class which takes place in his native Argentina. This experience provides practical training in cross-cultural youth ministry. His passions include leadership development and discipleship in the context of small groups, preaching, programming, evangelism, and teaching youth. In addition to his lifelong commitment to youth work, Eduardo has four grown children and, at last count, nine grandchildren (which is quite a bit of youth work on its own!).

Professor Calenthia Dowdy

B.A. Temple University; M.A.R. Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. American University
cdowdy@eastern.edu
610-341-5963

Calenthia offers her students a hybrid approach to learning as she informs youth ministry with perspectives from anthropology and urban ministry. She describes herself as “an anthropologist by training and a youth minister at heart.” Students benefit from Calenthia’s extensive experience in urban and international ministry, including what she learned while ministering in the impoverished favelas of Brazil. Calenthia has had a broad range of work/ministry experience including being a pastor with the Salvation Army Church, a Christian college chaplain and an anti-racism analysis trainer with the Mennonite Church. Her particular focus is on themes of poverty, justice and hip-hop as related to youth and culture in American cities and abroad. Calenthia is single, but has had many, many non-biological “children” through her work in ministry throughout the years.

Eric Kraihanzel

B.A. Eastern University; M.A. Biblical Theological Seminary
ekraihan@eastern.edu
484-581-1265

Eric Kraihanzel, a graduate of Eastern’s Youth Ministry Department, brings both academic knowledge and years of field experience to his students, as well as a particular love for camp ministry. After graduation, Eric served as a youth pastor in a local church for over 16 years. He is currently on staff with the American Baptist Churches of PA & DE as the Student Ministries Pastor for the region. Through this position he speaks at youth retreats, conducts adult leader training and supports churches and camps as a consultant. He is also camp director/pastor at Camp Ichthus (Palmerton, PA) where he runs programs and retreats (and fixes tractors!). Eric’s professional/ministry interests include studying leadership development and finding new ideas for camp ministry. He and his wife have three energetic boys.

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