Tic Long has spent most of his adult life in youth ministry and leadership. He worked at Youth Specialties for 34 years. Most of those years he spent leading the National Youth Workers Convention, which he was completely passionate about. He loved providing something special for youth workers. In 2011 he sensed God’s nudge to leave YS and become executive pastor of Journey Community Church in La Mesa, his home church. He stepped down from that role in April. He and his wife of 43 years, Terrie, have a son and two daughters, whom he loves like crazy. His two grandsons have him wrapped around their fingers.