New high school pastor Jason Epperson loves playing and coaching sports, leading mission trips and being a youth pastor. His vision for High School Ministry is reaching lost and religious students. He believes that students can change the city and the world.
I’m at Southeast because ... After 10 years of ministry in Champaign Urbana, Ill., God made it clear that the next place He wanted us to serve was Southeast.
Before Southeast ... I was teaching and youth pastor at First Christian Church in Champaign, Ill.
I’m back doing youth ministry because ... students are willing to be transformed and high school campuses are strategic points of contact.
Youth at Southeast encourage me because ... students are the best way to change the world. I love their energy, their dedication, critical minds, authenticity, willingness to learn and accept people.
Youth ministry is ... mobilizing students to reach lost friends, to be world changers not just churchgoers. Ultimately, that will change the city and the world for Christ.
For advice, I call ... my dad and Roger Twitchel, a 20-year veteran missionary in Costa Rica, and Brad Houk, an elder in Champaign
Favorite part of church growing up ... I loved everything about church. Most of my friends were lost kids. I love being a light in dark places.
The worst part of church growing up is ... people who aren’t seeking Jesus. People who don’t want to move forward are harder on my soul.
My favorite sport ... I loved playing football, basketball and baseball, but now I love to play golf and lift weights.
One goal for youth ministry ... is to awaken a generation to the glory of God.
Best advice I ever received is ... love God and love people.
My children have taught me ... love.
I’m a huge fan of ... my wife.
My iPhone is loaded with ... children’s games.
Position: High school pastor at Southeast’s Blankenbaker Campus
Hometown: Grinnell, Iowa
Background: Preacher’s kid
Education: Nebraska Christian College
Children: Abe, 6, Bo, 3, and Kate, 1