Youth Ministry Certification

Faculty Bios

Charles W. Harrison is CEO and Executive Director of The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence and The Youthworker Movement. He has been serving United Methodist Churches in the North Texas Conference since 1988. He also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Wesleyan Renewal.  Known for his large network of connections in the “connectional” system of the United Methodist Church, he also served for over two decades as a director of Conference and Jurisdictional Youth Camps.  His areas of expertise are: Youth Ministry, Mission, Christian Education, Church & Family Systems, Evangelism, Christian Spirituality, Spiritual Discernment, Wesleyan Theology, Methodist History, as well as ministry with Singles and Young Adults.  He preaches and teaches all over the USA and internationally, reaching out to young people with the Good News and training those who mentor them. Charles is known as the “Red Shoe Evangelist” for always wearing his red shoes.


Wendy Mohler-Seib is an Associate Pastor at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Kansas and an elder in the Great Plains Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before coming to Chapel Hill, she served in youth ministry positions for 13 years in Kansas, Florida, and New Jersey. She is a graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, earning a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy. She graduated in 2012 from Princeton Theological Seminary earning a M.Div. and M.A. in Youth Ministry. While studying at Princeton, she worked at the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry.  Wendy loves empowering laity, teaching Bible study to a great group of high school girls, planning worship, and engaging in conversations regarding young people and the church. 


Stephen F. Rankin, Ph.D. is SMU's Chaplain and Minister to the University.  As Chaplain, Steve's passion is helping students, professors and campus ministers engage in thoughtful practices that integrate faith and learning.  He has been involved in higher education for nearly 20 years, as a professor, and a campus minister. Prior to this work, he served as pastor in three United Methodist congregations. He received his Master of Theology degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is an Elder in the North Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and has recently published a book, titled, Aiming at Maturity: the Goal of the Christian Life.