Over the last decade Youth Specialties has honored the following people for their lifelong service and significant contribution to youth ministry.
Lorraine Tower (2019 Inductee)
Lorraine has been doing Youth Ministry in the Boston area for 50 years as a volunteer. She passionately fell in love with Jes...
Mike Yaconelli (Founder)
Mike Yaconelli was a writer, theologian, church leader and satirist. Co-Founder of Youth Specialties and The Wittenburg Door ...
Wayne Rice (Founder)
Wayne has been active in youth and family ministry for over 50 years. He is the co-founder of Youth Specialties, creator of U...
Tic Long (2009 Inductee)
Tic Long has spent most of his adult life in youth ministry and leadership. He worked at Youth Specialties for 34 years. Most...
Tony Campolo (2012 Inductee)
Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and a former faculty member at the University of Pennsy...
Paul Fleischman (2013 Inductee)
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...
Dean Borgman (2013 Inductee)
Professor Borgman founded and directs the Center for Youth Studies, a national and global network of those interested in rese...
Rich Van Pelt (2014 Inductee)
Rich Van Pelt is author of The Youth Worker’s Guide To Helping Teenagers In Crisis, and The Parent’s Guide To Helping Tee...
Larry Acosta (2016 Inductee)
Larry Acosta is the Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute and he believes in urban youth workers like crazy. While he ...
Marv Penner (2018 Inductee)
Marv is a veteran youth worker who has equipped and empowered young leaders for over 35 years. He has a special place in his ...
Mike & Mary Calaci (2018 Inductee)
Les Christie (2019 Inductee)
Les was born in Liverpool, England. He is married to Gretchen, they have two sons and three grandkids. In paid Youth Ministry...
Jeanne Mayo (2019 Inductee)
Acclaimed by Ministries Today as "America’s Number One Youth Pastor," Jeanne Mayo has thrown her heart and passion into you...