Youth Leadership has the distinct pleasure of announcing to you that we have hired our new Executive Director! We searched long and hard and refused to settle. We looked for someone with local ties, someone experienced and someone with vision; most importantly, we searched for someone who is passionate about the mission and vision of Youth Leadership. We believe we have hit the mark on all of these.
Eric Iverson comes to us as a proud native of South Minneapolis where he spent most of his life. Returning to the Twin Cities after spending the past few years ministering and studying in Louisville, KY, his extensive resume includes over twenty-five years in ministry where he developed a deep commitment to life in service to the local church and those who are called to gospel ministry, especially in the urban church. God gave Eric the opportunity to serve in both public and parochial schools doing everything from bus driver to social studies teacher and History Day coordinator on both sides of the river.
Eric spent over 10 years at Park Avenue UMC fulfilling roles from summer staff, volunteer and rounding out his time there as Youth Director. Para-church is where he spent the majority of his efforts including Urban Ventures, Real Resources, Transform Minnesota, CCDA and Ministry Architects. Eric also has a history of working for organizations focused on Youth - Youth Frontiers, Youth Works, Youth Specialties and Urban Youth Workers Institute. He will undoubtedly be able to hit the ground running upon his arrival!
Above all, Eric is the husband (15 yrs) to Judy, father of Hope (12) and Isaiah (9). With God's grace, he learns every day about grace, love and leadership from his family.
Eric and Judy (a youth ministry veteran herself) are excited about this opportunity to serve the church through the work of Youth Leadership.
They are excited to leverage their unique set of gifts to watch children, youth and families become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Please join us in a warm welcome to Eric and his entire family!
Youth Leadership's Governing Board
-- Elizabeth Odegaard, Lori Brown, Catherine Decker, Gene Ferrell,
Melani Howard and Brian Nosrman