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.
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.
Tom Groot has been happily married to Mandy for twenty-one years and is blessed with three incredible boys: Micah, Levi, and Noah. Tom’s three great passions are the Lord, his family, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. After giving his heart to the Lord in 1994, Tom attended Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida, then returned to his home church in Sandusky, Ohio, to be the youth pastor. Toward the end of 2008, he transitioned to Columbus, Ohio, to be the Student Ministries Director for the Ohio Ministry Network. Tom currently serves as the Director of Student Discipleship for the National Youth Department of the Assemblies of God. Tom desires to encourage others to become all that Christ died on the cross for them to be and to empower leaders to create environments for discipleship and growth. Tom believes in teamwork and that together, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can change the world.