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 Teenagers In Crisis, and a convention and seminar speaker. Rich speaks globally on issues related to kids in crisis, poverty and world missions. He’s a skilled storyteller, with adventures from around the world that add color to his speaking. Rich’s stories resonate not only because of his passionate delivery, but because his heart for people and the gospel permeates everything. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Rich serves as Director of Ministry Relationships with Compassion International.

Rich is President of Youth Ministry Without Borders — a not-for-profit organization committed to training and resourcing youth workers and parents of adolescents in developing nations. He’s an associate staff member of the Center for Parent Youth Understanding, a speaker for Understanding Your Teenager Parenting Seminars, and he serves on the advisory board of LiderJuvenil (Latin Youth Worker Journal), The Center for Student Leadership, Rye, NH, and Noah’s Ark Adventure Company, Buena Vista, CO. He’s a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the National Network of Youth Ministry.