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.
Darin’s mission is to impact students and leaders by living a relevant life of faith while inspiring, instructing, and including them in ministry so they can reach their full potential in Christ.
Darin was called to preach to students at the age of 16 at a Southern California youth camp. He attended Evangel University and became a youth pastor after graduating in 1988. In that role, Darin became involved in a variety of district events which led to being asked to serve as the district youth director of Southern Missouri Youth Ministries in 1996.
In August 2018, Darin was appointed Director of Student Discipleship and Resource Development for Assemblies of God Youth Ministries.
Darin has a heart to reach the world through the students and leaders he is able to influence. He believes we can equip and enhance youth ministry in the local church by providing relevant, life-changing events and programs for students, as well as quality training and equipping of youth leaders.
Darin and his wife, Heather, have been married for 29 years and reside in Springfield, Missouri. They have two married children: Megan, 24, is married to Nick Bearden, and Gavin, 21, is married to Cassidy.
John Zick was appointed to fill the role of Operations and Strategic Partnerships for Assemblies of God Youth Ministries in October 2019.
John has been in full-time youth ministry for over a decade. He has served in a variety of roles including Youth Culture Specialist/Staff Evangelist at the Northern California/Nevada District Office; Next Gen Pastor at Grand Rapids First in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and everything in between.
Because of his passion to make Jesus famous throughout the globe, John’s mission is to see believers walking in their God-given design and working together as the body of Christ to reach this world with the gospel!
John and his wife, Alicia, have one son, Oliver, and a dog, Reed.