Mark DeVriesCo-Founder and Permissionary
Kenda Creasy DeanCo-Founder and Permissionary
Antonin FicatierBusiness Development Strategist
Bryan MillerDigital Marketing Strategist
Shari L. OostingCoach
Mark DeVries brings to Ministry Incubators a career of entrepreneurial ministry and coaching. A serial entrepreneur, Mark has founded numerous sustainable ministry enterprises, most notably Ministry Architects (2002). This team of over 50 consultants has worked with over 500 churches, bringing together centuries of expertise in youth ministry, children’s ministry, young adult ministry, small church ministry, executive coaching, and strategic initiatives for entire churches.Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee from 1986-2014. Mark’s work at First Presbyterian included a combination of volunteer and staff development, teaching and preaching, relational ministry with youth and their families, as well as regularly participating in the worship and mission life of the church.Mark is a graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including Family-Based Youth Ministry, Sustainable Youth Ministry, The Most Important Year of a Man’s/Woman’s Life and The Indispensable Youth Pastor (with Jeff Dunn-Rankin). Mark and his wife, Susan, live in Nashville and have three grown children (Adam, Debbie and Leigh), and three grandchildren. Contact Mark here.
Kenda Creasy Dean
Kenda Creasy Dean comes to Ministry Incubators after 30 years of doing ministry that wasn’t in a job description. She teaches practical theology, youth ministry, and social innovation at Princeton Theological Seminary, and has extensive experience in new ministry development, grant-writing, and nonprofit ministry, especially with youth and young adults. An ordained United Methodist pastor, Kenda is on the leadership team of Kingston United Methodist Church and serves on the United Methodist Church’s Advisory Team for new church plants.
Kenda is the author of several books including Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, The Godbearing Life (with Ron Foster), The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Andrew Root), and A More Excellent Way: How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education, If We Let It (with Christy Lang Hearlson).
A graduate of Miami University (Ohio), Wesley Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary, Kenda served as a pastor in suburban Washington, DC and as a campus minister at the University of Maryland before coming to Princeton. She and her husband Kevin live in Princeton, NJ and have two grown children, Brendan and Shannon, and an inexplicably noisy cat. Contact Kenda here.
Antonin is the Youth Pastor of Union Church in Hong Kong. A serious globe-trotter, he is originally from France and holds degrees in economics, international business, theology and Christian education from institutions in China (Beijing), France (Paris, Strasbourg), and the States (Princeton). An experienced entrepreneur, Antonin founded Chinese Institute in 2011, which is today one of France’s leading training centers for teaching Chinese. Antonin is a regular contributor to the blog Kindred Youth Ministry, and is passionate about entrepreneurship, theology, youth culture, and unplugging.
While he tries to avoid the word “obsessed” and prefers terms like “dedication” or “love,” Bryan’s life has been one of passionate (obsessive) engagement and trying to bring those passions into conversation with each other. Early in his life he developed a love of technology (imagine the young teenager with an intro programming book trying to make flashy text on a geocities site). While this love of technology lead to countless sleepless nights, instead of directly pursuing a career in technology, he pursued his love of the church with an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.A. from the University of Kansas. After seminary, Bryan and his best friend Michael Gewecke founded Smart Church Project, a technology design and consulting company that helps mission driven organizations increase their impact. When not buried by books or immersed in code, Bryan enjoys spending time with his lovely wife exploring the great wilds of the Kansas landscape.
Shari L. Oosting
Shari L. Oosting has both an M.Div. and seven years of experience in the financial services industry, focused on home lending and personal finance. She provides credit improvement coaching, lending expertise, and budget assistance. In her work at Princeton Seminary she directs programs and develops initiatives to equip Christian leaders. Shari and her husband Jason spend their hours outside of work playing with their four children Asher, Ezra, Elia, and Ada. They worship as a family at Nassau Presbyterian Church.