Over the last decade Youth Specialties has honored the following people for their lifelong service and significant contribution to youth ministry.

Lorraine has been doing Youth Ministry in the Boston area for 50 years as a volunteer. She passionately fell in love with Jes... Read more
Mike Yaconelli was a writer, theologian, church leader and satirist. Co-Founder of Youth Specialties and The Wittenburg Door ... Read more
Wayne has been active in youth and family ministry for over 50 years. He is the co-founder of Youth Specialties, creator of U... Read more
Tic Long has spent most of his adult life in youth ministry and leadership. He worked at Youth Specialties for 34 years. Most... Read more
Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsy... Read more
Paul got his start in youth ministry as a part-time youth pastor, and later as a staff intern with Youth for Christ. He serve... Read more
Professor Borgman founded and directs the Center for Youth Studies, a national and global network of those interested in rese... Read more
Rich Van Pelt is author of The Youth Worker’s Guide To Helping Teenagers In Crisis, and The Parent’s Guide To Helping Tee... Read more
Larry Acosta is the Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute and he believes in urban youth workers like crazy. While he ... Read more
Marv is a veteran youth worker who has equipped and empowered young leaders for over 35 years. He has a special place in his ... Read more
Les was born in Liverpool, England. He is married to Gretchen, they have two sons and three grandkids. In paid Youth Ministry... Read more
Acclaimed by Ministries Today as "America’s Number One Youth Pastor," Jeanne Mayo has thrown her heart and passion into you... Read more