Method Speaker & Consultants


Keynote Speaker


Mark DeVries

Mark DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects (2002), Children’s Ministry Architects(2010), and Small Church Ministry Architects(2011),  hands-on coaching services for churches whose ministries are in transition or who hope to move their ministries strategically forward. In 2013 all three divisions of the company were consolidated under the name MINISTRY ARCHITECTS, which more accurately addresses the scope of the work Mark and his team are engaged in with churches around the country and abroad.

Since 1986, Mark has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he continues to oversee the youth ministry on a part-time basis.

Mark is the author of a number of books, including Sustainable Youth Ministry (IVP, 2008), Family-Based Youth Ministry (IVP, Revised and Expanded, 2004) and 2011 releases, Before You Hire a Youth Pastor and The Indispensable Youth Pastor (Group Publishing), both co-authored with YMA Vice-President, Jeff Dunn-Rankin.  Mark served as the General Editor for the 2013 release,  Letters to a Youth Worker (CYMT, 2013).  Mark and his wife, Susan, co-authored a marriage book (with their good friends, Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth) entitled  The Most Important Year in a Woman’s Life/ The Most Important Year in a Man’s Life (Zondervan, 2003). Their marriage book has recently been re-released as two separate gift books, one for the bride and one for the groom, called What Every Bride Needs to Know, and What Every Groom Needs to Know. (Zondervan, 2013).

Mark’s articles and reviews have been published in a variety of magazines and journals, including The Christian Century, Theology Today, Group, Youthworker Journal, Preaching,and Lifelong Faith Journal.

Mark serves as the chairman of the board for the Center for Youth Ministry Training, a two-year residential, masters-level, youth ministry training program based in Nashville. He also serves on the Alumni Board for Princeton Theological Seminary.  Mark is a presenter for Homeword’s “Understanding Your Teenager” seminars.  And in addition to partnering occasionally with popular Christian musician, Mark Schultz, Mark is a frequent seminar speaker, training youth leaders at both the Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention and the Simply Youth Ministry Youth Ministry Conference.


Youth Ministry Architects Consultants

Stephanie Caro


 Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church since…a long time.  Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc.

Stephanie’s latest book 99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker just came out in 2011. Her previous book, Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches, was published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry in 2010.

Stephanie is also a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine.   Check out her Simply Youth Ministry Network blog at Her other blog is for Group Publishing and is geared for anyone who leads a small group Bible study. You can find that at

 Jeff Dunn-Rankin

Jeff has been Director of Youth at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, FL since 1998. He has consulted with large and small youth and children’s ministries from California to Florida and is a frequent speaker at events from the Group/Simply Convention to KidMin.

He is a regular columnist for Group Magazine, and In 2011, Jeff wrote two books,  Before You Hire a Youth Pastor and The Indispensable Youth Pastor (Group Publishing), both co-authored with YMA President & Founder, Mark DeVries.

Before beginning church ministry, Jeff was managing editor of the Charlotte Sun newspaper. Jeff is a graduate of the Sewanee: The University of the South and has a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. 




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