Doug Fields

Author, Speaker, Co-founder at DYM

Doug Fields is currently the Youth/Parent/Marriage Pastor at Mariners Church in So. CA. He’s most well known for his longevity and influence in youth ministry (35+ years as a youth pastor) and for writing the award-winning book Purpose Driven Youth Ministry—which is a youth ministry textbook translated in over 30 languages. He’s the author of 60+ Marriage/Family/Youth books including Your First 2 Years in Youth Ministry, Speaking To Teenagers, and Intentional Parenting. He’s the co-founder of where he currently helps lead a team of resource providers ( and youth ministry training events ( In addition to youth ministry, he speaks at Marriage Events thru, where he shares stories of his 40 years of marriage to Cathy and displays too many photos of his children and grandchildren.

Zach Luben

Director of Chapel, Pepperdine University

Zac served as a youth minister for 13 years in the Los Angeles, CA area. He currently directs the chapel program at Seaver College, Pepperdine University. Where he also helps direct CrossWays, a vocational leadership program for high school students going into their junior and senior years. He has authored one paper, “Pastor as Poet of the Soul.” He’s been married for 17 years and is dad to one amazing son.

Oza Jones

Director, African American Ministries TX Baptists

Oza Jones Jr. is a gifted communicator of the gospel message with extensive Pastoral, Evangelism, Student, and Community Ministry experience. He serves as the Director of African American Ministries for The Texas Baptists Convention with over 1,000 African American Church Affiliations. He also serves as the Director of WAVE, a student conference that reaches over 500 students annually through Texas Baptists. It is unequivocally clear that Oza seeks to see a WAVE of the gospel saturate the world for the Kingdom of God. Oza resides in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area with his wife of 23 years, Shamecca Jones, and their five children: Macaiah, Malachi, Majesty, Melody, and Micah.

Kristne Lascola

20+ year Middle School Pastor

Kristen has been a jr. high pastor at North Coast Church in Southern California for twenty years. She is also the creator and host of "The Ministry Coach Podcast" and the "Youth Ministry Growth Accelerator" program along with her husband, Jeff. They have two daughters (10 and 5) and are both major Weiner Dog and biking enthusiasts!

Josh Griffin

Veteran Youth Pastor & Co-Founder at DYM

Josh Griffin is another trusted leader at Download Youth Ministry. He is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 25 years experience in the trenches. He is currently the junior high pastor at Mariners Church in So CA. Prior to co-founding DYM, Josh was the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church and the leader of the PDYM global movement. He has created more than 100 youth ministry resources and authored several books. In addition to training thousands of youth workers yearly, he is in demand as an emcee and all-around-great-guy. He’s been married to his college sweetheart (Angela) for 25 years, has 4 children, and more dogs than most kennels.

Dr. Sean McDowell

Author, Speaker & Professor

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. Sean is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over twenty books including Chasing Love, The Fate of the Apostles, and So The Next Generation Will Know (with J. Warner Wallace). In April 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Jessica Sanchez

20+ year Veteran Youth Worker

Jessica Sanchez has been serving the local church for over 20 years in a variety of roles in
children’s, youth, and adult ministry. Her deepest joy is found in empowering, ministering to,
and caring for leaders in the church. She’s on the Download Youth Ministry team, a volunteer small group leader at her church, and a spiritual director.

Brock Morgan

Veteran Youth Pastor, Speaker & Author

With over 30 years of experience in youth ministry, Brock Morgan is a sought after speaker and communicator who is known for his amazing storytelling and insight into the next generation. He is the associate pastor at The Bridge Chino and is the author of 20 books including, Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World and The Beautiful Rebellion. His most recent book, The Anxious Teen, is all about the struggle that is in the hearts and minds of today’s teenagers and how we might respond and be a part of bringing health and wholeness. He and his wife Kelsey, their daughter Dancin and their puppy, C.S. Lewis live in southern California. You can find out more about him and his ministry at