Andy Stephenson is currently the campus pastor of the Carmel Campus of Northview Church. He served for over seventeen years at the headquarters of a church movement with close to 8,000 churches worldwide, recently as the associate director of US/Canada Strategy. He received a PhD from the University of Texas and a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma State. He has written for various publications and coauthored a discipleship series for students.
“I thought I would be in student ministry til I was old and gray… and then one day I realized I was old and gray. So, after 30 years as a youth pastor, I have shifted to a new role as campus pastor and global missions director. My wife Candi and I have been in ministry here at First Church in St Joe, MI since 1990 (do the math, it’s been a really long time). We will always have a heart for students and leaders of students, so I hope to be involved with Intern Academy for many years to come!”
Mark Shaner has served congregations of the Church of God in Florida, Kansas and Indiana for over three decades as Youth Pastor, Missions Pastor and as a specialist in Leadership Development. His passion for students and speaking the truth of the gospel to the next generation has taken him around the world, collaborating on the "ground floor" of several mission initiatives (including Intern Academy). Mark and Vickie (Casey) have been married for 36 years and have four adult children, all serving in ministry (two of them are alumni of Intern Academy and one is currently a coach). Mark currently serves as the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the National Network of Youth Ministry.
I love Jesus, my wife, and my daughter. I love introducing people to Jesus Christ and teaching the Gospel. 2013 Intern Academy Grad, current youth pastor in northern Indiana and pursuing nursing degree for medical missions. "Invite to the Banquet anyone you find." -Jesus. "Love southern cooking, baseball, and the Florida Gators"- Me.
Church of God Ministries
Church of God Ministries, Inc. is the US & Canada headquarters for the Church of God movement. There are over 2000 Church of God congregations in the United States and Canada, as well as over 7000 additional churches in eighty-nine countries and territories across the globe. The foundational beliefs and values of the movement are salvation in Christ alone, the unity of believers, the authority of the Holy Bible, and the holiness of God’s people. Jesus was the subject when the movement began in 1881, and Jesus is the subject today.