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Youth Worker On Fire Podcast

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Today's youth need youth pastors, mentors, teachers, volunteers, and most of all, they need YOU! Youth Worker On Fire is designed to give you the knowledge and inspiration you need to be the best youth worker possible.Youth Worker On Fire podcast is full of valuable information from people who work… read more

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095 Chase McAllister Honolulu Hawaii

August 31st, 2021


Chase is 20 years retired military with the US Air Force. 2 years of his military career he was working with Campus Life on base. Now he is a full …

094 Cuba To USA Pepe Mesa

March 9th, 2021


Hurricanes, murder, betrayal, and acceptance. It’s all in this interview! Pepe's story will inspire you to keep moving forward even in the worst of moments.

Pepe Mesa was born in Cuba then family left and moved to …

093 BURN UP Not Out

November 16th, 2020


B.U.R.N. UP! BELIEVE UNDERSTAND RECONCILE NURTURE! When others burn out and quit, you can keep running. That’s what my book is about. How to never give up until you have finished running, walking or climbing... maybe …

092 Answers to Imposter Syndrome

October 17th, 2020


The Imposter Syndrome plagues many people through out the world and through out time and history. These answers will help people get beyond their fears of being found out when in reality they are even more than they …

091 Imposter Syndrome is Real

August 5th, 2020


Just when you feel you are in a good position, good job, or anything that you have prepared well for in life... it hit's you. I don't belong here! How about when you are in a place where you're getting paid well or …

090 Really? Are You Kidding Me?

June 17th, 2020


Isolation? Now? This problem is WORLD WIDE...this is Crazy! So...What's happening in your world and mine? What Comfort is there for us? What does God …

089 SUPER Mom Rachel Doyle NYC

June 15th, 2020


Rachel unknowingly launched a life long non-profit business (GlamourGals)as a junior in high school. She is an NYC resident, a mom of 2 young …

088 Sydney Australia Lenita Abouchabake Life Coach Coach

June 12th, 2020


Lenita Is from Sydney, Australia and founder of Youth Biz. As a Former school teacher, she became a youth minister, a personal coach to students, …

087 Secrets to Student Ministry On Fire

June 10th, 2020


Secrets are intriguing and draw us in. Especially when someone says to us quietly, "Do you want to hear a secret?"

The more time we spend alone with God, the more intimate our relationship with Him becomes. When we …

086 Tsunamis Hawaii Chase Allen Youth Pastor with Skills

June 8th, 2020


Adventure is a byproduct of student ministry and in this interview with Chase Allen there’s no exception to that rule. From student ministry intern …

085 Prayer On Fire Super Charged

June 5th, 2020


Prayer is a conversation between you, or me, and God. This is my journey with my family and friends over the last 3 years to present. Seems like you are praying but some people are getting "Yes" answers to their prayers …

084 Life On Fire is it Possible?

June 3rd, 2020


Looking at life events that brought me to a career in student ministry. How I ended up in student ministry. Looking at life events that brought me to a career in student ministry. The best things sometimes come in from …

080 EPIC Breah Croak Hooper Hurricane Relief then Guatemala Mission

May 27th, 2020


While coming out of a media class room where I produce this podcast and video at a public school, I hear this voice, "Doug Edwards is that you?" I …

079 Chad Canfield Cancer Survivor Body builder

May 25th, 2020


He played football for the University Florida Gators for a year then played for Bobby Bowden with the FSU Seminoles for his remaining college under …

078 Created to Win Jessica Hurley Lost and Found

April 29th, 2020


Jessica Hurley is from St. Augustine, Florida. She had a very bad mentor to make her loose and a Great Mentor that turned her life around radically, but it wasn't easy. It took a lot of time and years to keep Jessica …

077 Clean Ears Podcast Hosts Christian Hip Hop Rap Youth Pastor Atlanta

April 28th, 2020


I met Clean Ears Podcast Co-Hosts Simone Brown and Seretha Collins at Podfest 2018 Orlando, Florida along with their Program Director Courtney …

076 Maury Buchanan - Founder of Mission Discovery

April 22nd, 2020


Maury Buchanan, Founder of Mission Discovery, speaks to youth pastors about how student missions helps build their students spiritual growth. You will hear about one student mission trip that was a surprise encounter …

075 Sam Collier helped by Steve Harvey

April 21st, 2020


Sam Collier was on the Steve Harvey Show because his twin sister asked Steve to help find their biological mother. Now a speaking pastor at North …

074 in heaven for 24 Days Darryl Perry and Kevin Laczko

April 15th, 2020


Darryl Perry, spent 24 days in heaven. Sudden death syndrome. No rhyme or reason as to why. He died four times and was revived. His wife and children wanted him back on earth and so did God. After 24 days in a coma, …

073 Nicole Dean School Teacher Student Ministry Volunteer

April 8th, 2020


Nicole Keene Dean is a woman of great surprises. She came with a friend to the student ministry where I was pastor. And after about a year I get a …

072 Finding the Right Volunteers

April 7th, 2020


Finding volunteers to help out with your youth program can be a challenge. Often you inherit existing volunteers when you start working with a new …

071 Josh Douglas - Youth Pastor

April 1st, 2020


This Episode is Saturated with Value for you:

Josh Douglas is a youth pastor in Mount Dora, Florida. He is a pastor's son, passionate about leading students and families to Jesus. He learned as a teenager how to live in …

070 Fundraising On Fire

March 31st, 2020


Let's be honest, fundraising is a challenge. Bake sales, car washes and spaghetti dinners are ok but golf tournaments are much more effective. You …

069 Being Intentional

March 26th, 2020


Are you being intentional? By planning ahead and setting short and long term goals for what you want to happen in your daily life, career and ministry, you're able to stay focused and stay on track. Your staff and …

068 Life Changing Trips

March 25th, 2020


Listen as Doug shares his insight on taking students on winter ski retreats and summer mission trips. Structured youth camps and conferences are fun but consider planning winter ski retreats and summer mission trips …

067 Millions Fed Mark Moore Mana

March 24th, 2020


Mark Moore spent 10 years as a missionary in Uganda, Africa where he saw children die of SAM's (Severe Acute Malnutrition). He later returned to the USA with his family and worked in the United States Senate where he …

066 Youth Pastor Dad the Benefits

March 19th, 2020


This week Doug talks about being a dad when everyone wants your time. It can be difficult to divide your time between work and your family. Coaches …

065 Sean Algaier Traveled With Toby Mac and On The Biggest Loser

March 18th, 2020


Sean Algaier was a foster child with a lot of pain. He was on the Biggest Loser TV show while being a youth pastor with his wife near Tulsa, OK. He …

064 Building A Student Ministry

March 17th, 2020


In this segment, youth pastors will learn tips on how to choose churches. Although you're being interviewed for the youth pastor position, *you need to have a list of questions to ask, also. *Churches also need to learn …

063 Student Missions Hurricane Irma 400 Miles Across

March 12th, 2020


Irma was the biggest hurricane in Florida, 400 miles across. It brought back a memory of our student ministry taking 55 people to volunteer after …

062 DJ Verkaik Reaching Dreams

March 11th, 2020


DJ Verkaik at the age of 19 sold his truck and a lot of other things to get his 1st pro video camera! He later bought a $50k 1st of its kind digital …

061 Coach Brittany Beall College Athlete FCA Innovator

March 10th, 2020


Coach/Teacher/FCA Huddle Coach/Wife/Mom was NOT a great softball player but her dad worked with her everyday even when friends went to the beach, she cried, but she practiced. And she went D1 to Auburn University as a …

060 Matt Matulia Family First Then Coach

March 5th, 2020


He has always been a champion, raised by champion parents! Being forgiven was his only way back! He had hurt his wife, himself and his relationship with God. Now he is Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director in his …

059 Matt Williamson Youth Pastor

March 4th, 2020


How can a person get arrested for drugs while in college, go to a rehab facility and later become a youth pastor for one of the largest churches in …

058 Coach Jack Cole

March 3rd, 2020


Coach Jack Cole is a self employed missionary to Jamaica where he and his wife adopted a daughter, raised their own children, and was called by a …

057 Love Story USA and Brazil Michael and Silvana Helms

January 16th, 2020


Mike, who? on his website!  Michael Helms, was a junior in high school when we met. He was a regular student, but brilliant, …

056 Jim Budzynski Volunteer Staff 20 Years

January 15th, 2020


Three children, John, Michael and Rebecca, in that order. Yet, for 24 years they have been working with Michael to control his seizures which are …

055 Alex Campione Student Ministry Student Global Citizen

January 8th, 2020


In 8th grade she joined us on a mission trip to the Appalachia poverty mission. She has been a world changer ever since. Alex went on 4 Colorado …

054 Don Holmes Student Ministry Travel Agent

January 7th, 2020


My Travel Agent to date is Don Holme's in Texas! I have taken 18 plus years of Colorado trips booked and arranged by Don! When you travel with …

053 Blake Appleby Youth Pastor Family Man

January 2nd, 2020


Blake Appleby was saved as a teenager and has been reaching and teaching young people as a pastor and evangelist to students for 9 years. He has a …

052 Anthony Sabitini Student Counsel to Florida House

January 1st, 2020


Anthony Sabatini was a sophomore in high school when his principal sat him down and said to him calmly, “You have some potential and you’re going to …

051 Bryan Totten Public School Teacher Supreme

December 26th, 2019


Bryan Totten is currently teaching AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. This program helps prepare students who are in …

050 Dena and Tom Yohe To Wrote Love On Her Arms

December 25th, 2019


What if your daughter tells you she was ______ 2 years earlier. What if you found out she was a cutter and later on drugs? What if soon after that she turns 18 and moves out and you wonder night after night if she is …

049 Ryan Schmitz Youth to Lead Pastor

December 18th, 2019


Ryan Schmitz was a rebellious teenager with a tough home life. With no boundaries, he dropped out of high school and got into a lot of trouble. Doug …

048 Joe Teen Challenge President

December 17th, 2019


A drug and alcohol addiction recovery program, Teen Challenge is the focus of this week's episode.  Doug interviews Joe Batlock, who works for Teen …

047 Carey Baker Florida State Senator

December 11th, 2019


Carey Baker is a man among men. He and his wife Lori have 3 children and the oldest is 14 years old. That makes him qualified to talk to youth …

046 Julie Castro Author

December 10th, 2019


I met Julie at the NRB, National Religious Brodcasters Convention. Great person and author. Fun interview.

045 Tim Latiff Youth Pastor

December 4th, 2019


Tim Latiff - Washington DC, was a young man I met while working at the NRB, which is the International Broadcasters Convention, in Orlando, Florida.

044 Casey Shannon Entrepreneur

December 3rd, 2019


Casey K. Shannon is a friend of Rick Eldridge from Youth Worker On Fire - Episode 043. While Casey, a Charlotte grown, North Carolinian was managing …

043 Rick Eldridge Movie Producer

November 27th, 2019


Rick Eldridge has over thirty years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director, and entrepreneur, and he knows how to make projects happen.  Whether sports programming, live production, animated …

041Tim Hancock FCA Director

November 26th, 2019


Tim Hancock was a youth worker for 3 counties in the Orlando, FL area for more than 25 years in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. To raise funds to get students to camp, Tim ran 55 miles from Winter Park, Florida to New …

040 Greg Larson Pro Baseball

November 20th, 2019


Greg Larson is a 6'8" pitcher. He played basketball but he thrived in baseball. Lake Brantley High School, GatorNation UF, then to the pros with the …

039 Trans World Radio - Africa

November 19th, 2019


Doug speaks with Juliet Oppong-Amoako and Reverend Abdoulaye Sangho from Trans World Radio in Africa (TWR). Their organization uses media to reach …

038 Zoro The Drummer

November 13th, 2019


This week, Doug speaks with Zoro the Drummer. Zoro is an internationally renowned rock star, motivational speaker and author. He has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and The Four …

036 Serena Parkinson Burrows

November 12th, 2019


Serena Parkinson Burrows was one of my students in student ministry.  At 18 years of age she became one of my best volunteers. Discipled by my wife …

035 Mayor Robert Morin Educator

November 6th, 2019


Eustis, Florida, Mayor Robert Morin is a motivator and a man who just loves people. After meeting his son who is a senior in high school, Cesar, I …

034 Brooks Braswell Pastor Comedian

November 5th, 2019


When you lead and teach students, I tell people to treat them well and with kindness because some day they may sign your checks, be a professional …

033 Coach Blake A Legacy of Grace

October 30th, 2019


Coach Clark Blake sits down with a group of past students, some from 40 years ago, as they share memories of pivotal moments in their high school …

031 Terrence Demps II A Student with a Mission

October 29th, 2019


Terrence Demps II is a senior at Eustis High School this year, graduating May 2017. He is a good guy and a compassionate guy who has the heart of a …

030 College Baseball Players

October 23rd, 2019


*Bryson Tuttle 2nd & 3rd Baseman LSSC. His mom works for Hallmark and his dad works for the US Navy.

*Jay Prather - Short Stop and 2nd Baseman. …

029 College Baseball Players Interview

October 22nd, 2019


College baseball is a whole other level for those who have never played in college before. It's not like travel ball, it's not like high school …

028 Amanda and Larry Stephens

October 15th, 2019


Larry and Amanda Stephens are a force in this world. Two world changers that were changing this world before they met. They became best friends, fell in love and grew a family. They are major forces in CRU's world wide …

027 Fred Rohrdanz - Part 2 Long Term Volunteer

October 9th, 2019


In part 2 of the interview with Fred Rohrdanz, he talks about some of the books that have influenced his life. Fred also shares a few studies that can help you on your spiritual journey.  So how many people did you know …

026 Podcast Production Crew

October 8th, 2019


Youth Worker On Fire (YWOF) is produced by a team. Gabriella “Gabby” Templeton, David Whitty, Garrett “Bear” B. and teacher of Media Production at EHS, Mr. Mike Ligler. Mike has helped me with projects as I have …

025 Lake Sumter State College Girls Softball

October 2nd, 2019


It's hard enough for college students just to take classes and excel in getting your degree. But these two lady athletes go far beyond excellence and …

024 Larry Stephens

October 1st, 2019


Larry Stephens is a FORCE to follow and learn from in the area of college students. He is the CRU trainer, facilitator, fundraiser, motivator for …

023 Nancy Velez

September 27th, 2019


Inspiring Principal Nancy Velez is an A+ high school principal. She grew up hearing graduation as a child because she was so close to the school and …

022 Clark Blake at FCA

September 26th, 2019


Though his life seemed tragic as a middle schooler, Clark Blake's football coach gave him hope in the face of tragedy. Listen to this Marine Corp …

021 Leslie Campione - Pt. 2

September 11th, 2019


Part two of Leslie Shamrock Campione is so full of leadership and servitude that it's a must listen.  We will cover student groups at 6:30AM, …

020 Leslie Campione - Part 1 Student leader FCA to County Commissioner

September 10th, 2019


Leslie made an impact on her high school by meeting with the coach and influencing over 200 other students to meet at 6:30 in the morning once a week …

019 Bill Miller a public school principal

September 9th, 2019


If you are working or volunteering with the public school system it does you good to know people who are at the top and who have been through as many …

018 Fred Rohrdanz Volunteer Bible Study Leader- Part 1

September 3rd, 2019


So how many people did you know that their dad was college roommates and football teammates with Bear Bryant the famous Alabama "Bama" University …

017 Megan Crouch a youth pastors daughter

September 2nd, 2019


Megan Crouch is a YPK. In other words, the youth pastor's kid. She is the middle of three children and she's the only girl. Megan was a great college …

016 Coaches Rich & Betsy Billings are a love story made in heaven

August 27th, 2019


Coaches Rich and Betsy Billings are inspiring people each accomplished in their fields. Rich was the youngest varsity baseball head coach hired in …

015 Amanda Hitchcock Stephens CRU to the Greeks FSU and UCF

August 26th, 2019


The lady I'm about to talk to is known to her friends and hometown as Amanda Hitchcock. To her husband Larry she is Amanda Stephens. To her children, she is mom. To her twin sister Valerie and baby sister Vickie, she's …

014 Michael Geoffrion Teacher of the year, teaching, is fun for him

August 15th, 2019


Michael Geoffrion is an AP History teacher who was voted Teacher of the Year in 2016 at Eustis High School.  He talks with Doug about his love for …

013 Dr. Gordon Greenhalgh Family Therapist , Dad, Surfer, Inner City Worker YFC Youth Guidance

August 14th, 2019


Dr. Gordon Greenhalgh has been a good friend for many years. We started Campus Life and Youth Guidance for YFC when we were in our 20s. He's a surfer. I witnessed him surfing with whales in California. He was a high …

012 Dr. Jay Strack - Part 2 Creator of Rock the Universe Orlando Florida

August 7th, 2019


Part 2

Dr. Jay Strack talks about living in 6 foster homes growing up. He is the creator and CEO of SLU, Student Leader University, Rock The Universe at Universal Studios and Youth Pastor Summit. He has spoken to over …

011 Dr. Jay Strack started SLU for students and Youth Pastor Summit

August 6th, 2019


Dr. Jay Strack talks about living in 6 foster homes growing up. He is the creator and CEO of SLU, Student Leader University, Rock The Universe at Universal Studios and Youth Pastor Summit. He has spoken to over 10 …

010 John Clendinen, Family man, business man, Duke University, FCA, Church youth group

August 5th, 2019


John is an entrepreneur owning his own business developing software for the real estate industry and working from home. He graduated from Duke …

083 Perfectionism On Fire a Deep Dive into the Truth

August 1st, 2019


It Destroys Dreams. Perfection is not obtainable but Excellence is according to many authors of blogs, articles and books. Until someone tells you you probably won't believe it and then most of us are in denial and have …

009 Matt Ferguson Marketing VP was a walk on FSU football player for 4 years and now a Family man with 5 children

July 30th, 2019


Matt Ferguson, managing partner at Eric Mower & Associates, shares his story about growing up in a small town, playing football at Florida State University and his relationship with Jesus Christ. He and his wife, …

008 Mike Matulia Coach and Athletic Director and Family man who is a Huddle Coach for FCA

July 29th, 2019


Mike Matulia, Athletic Director for Lake-Sumter State College, shares his life experience as a father, baseball coach and the importance of being a …

007 Mark McCoy about Fitness, Health and his life story

May 22nd, 2019


Mark McCoy has been a personal trainer for over 20 years and is a personal training certification instructor and instructor for the United Trainers Association. He is also head of Tomorrow's Champion - Giving you the …

006 Don Levonious Security Detail during 9/11 minutes

May 20th, 2019


Don Levonius is principal consultant at Victory Performance Consulting. His company provides training in the areas of employee and company morale, …

004 Kevin Laczko is a former UF Football player for the Gators

May 16th, 2019


Kevin is a personal trainer and former SEC football player, husband, father and home schooler. He and his wife, Debbie, started Journey Fitness in …

005 Megan Hinton Senior in High School and Media Production Student

May 15th, 2019


Megan Hinton was a high school senior at the time of this interview and is now a freshman in college.  Megan was considered one of the best students …

003 Mike Ligler Media Production Public School Teacher

May 13th, 2019


Mike Ligler is the media production instructor at an area high school and was voted Teacher of the Year by his peers. He shares the importance of …

002 Sammie Smith NFL Football Family Man

May 8th, 2019


Sammie Smith has had an amazing career playing football at Florida State University and as a professional NFL player for the Miami Dolphins and the …

001 Tracy Clark High School Principal with Great Integrity

May 6th, 2019


High School Assistant Principal, Tracy Clark, shares the story of how he went from a businessman to a volunteer to a public education professional.

Episode 82 Darla Huddleston

February 1st, 2019


Darla Huddleston has had many titles but only 1 purpose educate adolescence and parents about abstinence. While many voices say its not possible for …

Kenn Blanchard Speak Life and Black Man With A Gun Episode 81

January 9th, 2019


This was recorded at Podfest 2018 where Kenn and I met for the first time. He was a Marine who guarded President Ronald Reagan, was later nearly abducted by terrorists in Brazil while a marine in the USAmerican Embassy. …

042 Sisters Trisha & Laci Page Better Together

April 19th, 2017


These two sisters, Trisha and Laci Page, have embarked on a journey with their siblings, mother and their ministry, as they travel the country and the world.  They're creating documentaries as …

032 Colby Lusigna is a Florida Marlin Baseball Pro and is from a small town in Central Florida

February 8th, 2017


Colby Lusignan is a Florida Marlin Baseball Pro. He is a small town Florida boy I met when he was around age 9 when my son Chris played baseball on …

000 Youth Worker On Fire-Introduction

August 23rd, 2016


Youth Worker On Fire is a podcast for any one working full time, part time (no one really works part time with teenagers), volunteers and even …

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