New prof wants Briercrest to be North America's centre for youth ministry

Posted: July 15, 2010

By Amy Robertson

Ken Moser. Submitted photo.

riercrest College and Seminary’s new assistant professor of youth ministry wants Briercrest to be known as North America’s centre for youth ministry.

Ken Moser was attracted to the position at Briercrest in part because of the school’s “great reputation,” he said. He believes it’s already begun to establish itself as a Canadian centre, and he’d like to use his 25 years of experience to build on that.

His passion is applied youth ministry—what he describes as “what works in the fellowship hall”—but his MA is in theology. For him, the two are intertwined.

“I want to build on theology that really impacts churches and para-churches for the kingdom,” he said.

For him, that means seeing the Gospel “click” with teenagers, and the opportunity to teach and mentor college students who also want to see that happen is exciting.

“I’m super excited to spend time with students,” Moser said. “I’m amazed that this opportunity has been put before me.”

He believes that teaching goes hand-in-hand with youth ministry, and that to teach well, he’ll need to stay in youth ministry. He plans to volunteer at a local church as he teaches in Caronport.

Though originally from Phoenix, Ariz., Moser has spent most of his youth ministry career leading youth programs and training youth leaders in Anglican churches in Australia, and the last five years as the youth director at St. John’s Anglican Church in Vancouver.

He is the author or co-author of 16 published articles and six books on youth ministry, including a handbook for youth ministry called No Guts, No Glory.