Josh and Jennifer Wellborn have come back to their hometown of Springfield, Missouri to serve in the Assemblies of God Youth Ministries after 17 years in full-time ministry. Josh attended Evangel University and Jennifer, Missouri State University.
After pursuing a career in broadcasting, Josh became a youth pastor in 2001 and has served in Brussels, Belgium; Seattle, Washington; and Michigan. Their youth ministry at Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan was nationally ranked in the Top 10 for Speed the Light giving.
In 2015, Josh was appointed as the Michigan District Student Ministries Director, where he oversaw both youth and children’s ministries. Then, in January 2018, he was appointed National Director of Assemblies of God Youth Ministries. Josh and Jennifer live in Ozark, Missouri with their four children—Isaac, Symon, Liza, and Stella.
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Eric Hoffman was appointed to serve as director for Speed the Light in January 2018.
In the three years Hoffman served as district youth director (DYD) for Illinois, giving to Speed the Light increased by more than $300,000. Prior to serving as DYD, he was youth pastor at Abundant Life in Alton, Illinois — one of the Top 20 Giving Churches for Speed the Light during his tenure.
“Eric and Liz have a strong record of cultivating generosity and a passion for missions,” says General Superintendent Doug Clay.
Eric and his wife, Liz, have three children.
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Austin Westlake is a third generation Assemblies Of God minister who heard the call to preach at the age of 16 while attending the Assemblies of God National Youth Convention. He went on to attend Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri where he met his wife Lauren. Upon graduating from CBC, Austin and Lauren became youth pastors at Sheffield Family Life Center, an inner-city church located in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 2018 the Westlakes stepped into the role of District Youth Directors for the Southern Missouri District of the Assemblies of God. As DYDs the Westlakes have had the opportunity to lead thousands of students and leaders through camps, conferences, and global missions initiatives. After almost four years at the SOMO District Office, the Westlakes began a new season by joining the AG National Youth Ministries team as the Director of Student Discipleship where they look forward to winning, building, and sending the next generation of AG students.
Together Austin and Lauren have two children; Jude and Quinn.