Center for Calling and Theological Formation

Youth Leader Forum 2019

October 17–18, 2019

Sponsored by NU’s Center for Calling and Theological Formation, this yearly forum is meant to provide helpful conversations and resources for churches, ministers, and others working with adolescents.

Topics covered this fall will be: 

  1. Recruiting, equipping and retaining volunteers 
  2. Mental health issues among adolescents 
  3. Building healthy relationships with parents 
  4. Impact of a pluralistic society 
  5. Developing policies and procedures

The Youth Forum will be held in the HSC building on the Northwest University campus.
Cost $35 per person, or $25 each for a group of four.

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Youth Leader Forum Schedule

Thursday October 17, 2019
Registration & Networking 8:30–9:30am
Welcome 9:30–9:45am
Forum Talks 9:45–11:20am
Break 11:20–11:30am
Panel Discussion 11:35am–12:30pm
Lunch Break 12:30–1:45pm
Discussions 2:00–3:30pm
Discussions 3:45–5:15pm
Dinner 5:15–7:00pm
Evening Session (Chapel) 7:15–8:45pm
Friday October, 18, 2019
Morning Networking 9:00–10:00am
Discussions 10:00–11:30am
Closing Session 11:45am–12:30pm
Dismiss 12:30pm

Youth Leader Forum Speakers

Neely McQueen

Neely McQueen

Topic: Equipping and Encouraging Families

Neely McQueen leads the Student and Young Adult Ministry team at Overlake Church in Redmond, Wa. She’s been hanging out with teenagers for over 20 years because she believes that working with teenagers is the most important work at any church. She has written a book for teenage girls and has contributed to various curriculum projects for students. This past year she celebrated 20 years of marriage to her husband and officially became the mom of a high school student and two middle school students. She’s pretty much living her best life now.


Dr. Jeffery Portmann

Dr. Jeffery Portmann

Topic: Ministry in a Pluralistic Society

Jeffery Portmann is the founding pastor of newhope church. Beginning almost four years ago with just his family, he developed a leadership team that has, with God’s favor, seen the church grow to over 600 across three campuses.

Jeffery has been married to his high school sweetheart Joanne Portmann for 24 years. Joanne is a teacher with a Masters in Special Needs who is completing her schooling to become a Principal. They have two grown sons Justus (21) Josiah (18) who bring them great joy and fill their home with laughter.

Prior to staring newhope Church Jeffery served at the Northwest Ministry Network Office, regional headquarters for the Assemblies of God. During his 12 years working there he oversaw leadership development, training, and events for 1,200 pastors in 335 Churches of various demographics, communities, and sizes ranging from 70 to 5,000 in attendance. This provided an invaluable development opportunity to glean best practices from some of the leading churches in America.

Jeffery has an earned Doctorate in Ministry with am emphasis in Leadership from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He is a sought after speaker at conferences, leadership development seminars, summer camps, and together he and his wife Joanne speak at Marriage Conferences across the Country. Jeffery serves on the Executive Board of Trustees for Southeastern University and on the National Church Multiplication Network Team for the Assemblies of God.

Jeffery and Joanne exist to present hope and develop people. They love people and seeing the gospel transform lives. The launch of newhope church is the culmination of this purpose and is the primary focus of their lives. They love to travel, develop leaders, read, and spend time with family and friends.


Nick Steinloski

Nick Steinloski

Topic: Recruiting, Equipping, and Retaining Volunteers

Nick has been a speaker and leader for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Northwest University. He served as Youth Pastor at three churches in the Puget Sound for 15 years before he moved to be the Student Ministries Pastor at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA where he was on staff for 11 years. Nick also runs a ministry called Pacific which encourages and equips Youth Leaders from around the Pacific Northwest. He is currently the Instructor of Children, Youth and Family at Northwest University.


Nate Rice

Nate Rice

Topic: Mental Health Issues in Youth Ministry

Nate Rice has been in full-time youth ministry for over two decades, serving the past five years as the Middle School Director at Bellevue Presbyterian Church. He is passionate about addressing the current mental health crisis in our country, particularly in youth and young adults, and recently became a licensed marriage and family counselor himself, earning his MACP from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He will be launching a private practice this fall, working with youth, families, couples and individuals.


Phil Lewis

Phil Lewis

Topic: Leading from a Humble and Teachable Spirit (Closing Session)

Phillip Lewis is a recent graduate of the University of Washington. He serves as the Associate Student Director at Quest Church in Seattle. Phillip is always excited to drink coffee, read new books and meet new people. He is committed and passionate about seeing students in the Seattle area come to know Jesus in an intimate and compelling way through the art of teaching and story-telling.