Michael Ratliff Associate General Secretary
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7079
Mike leads YPM staff working with all levels of church leadership and the Division on Ministries with Young People members to facilitate all aspects of our work globally.
Chris Wilterdink Director of Program Development - US
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7058
Chris is the Director of Program Development for the USA, meaning he manages our US-based staff, creates resources, and develops events for leaders. He also works to identify needs in young people's ministries for the denomination and seek to meet those needs.
"Married (beautiful) Kids (beautiful) Dog (overweight) A Colorado Native, I love the outdoors, learning, writing, and laughing with others. You may always offer to feed me: key lime pie, bananas foster, or tiramisu. That is hospitality!"
Mighty Rasing Director of Program Development - Central Conferences
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 1707
Mighty is the Young People's Ministries' Program Development Director for the Central Conferences. The coolest part of his role is that he gets to work with awesome youth and young adult leaders, and adult workers around the world.
"I am husband to Charina, and Tatay (Filipino term for Daddy) to Malcolm. I'm new to Nashville, TN: I'm working on my hybrid Southern-Filipino accent. (Probably not making a lot of progress there.)"
Lee Ann Rice Assistant to Associate General Secretary
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 1723
Lee Ann leads the administrative work of Young People's Ministries.
John Hodges-Batzka Program Assistant
John is the Program Assistant for Young People's Ministries. In this role, John has worked in many areas of communication with young people, including helping young adults share their faith through devotions, resourcing the church, and keeping in touch through social media.
John lives in Bellevue, Kentucky, with his wife Diana and dog Sophie. In his free time he enjoys walking his dog, running, and for some reason, rooting for the Detroit Lions.
Julia Nusbaum Event Manager
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 1780
Julia is the Events Manager. She is in charge of logistics and programing details for Youth 19 and Global Young People's Convocation.
"In my spare time I am a freelance writer and blogger. When I'm not in front of my computer working I like to be outdoors as much as possible, read good books, bake, and eat."
Carol Ann Smokla Young People's Ministries Team Assistant
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7074
Carol Ann is the Team Assistant for Young People's Ministries.
"I love that I have been able to call Nashville home for four years now and I’m ecstatic to have found my work family at Young People’s Ministries. When I’m not at work you can find me writing music, singing, blogging, reading, taking photographs, making beeswax candles, or learning a new skill. I enjoy creating art in many different mediums, but music is by far my favorite. I love to make people laugh and feel loved!"
Patrice Rullo Team Assistant - Central Conference
Toll Free Number: 1-877-899-2780, ext. 7190
"I am excited to support our team of leaders in the Central Conferences! Although I have never been to these regions, it is exciting to be a small part of what God is doing in Africa, Asia and Europe.
As a mother and wife, I am no stranger to multi-tasking and running from the soccer fields to color guard competitions to support my three, amazing children. If I have a spare minute, I love to read and also enjoy attempting Pinterest projects"
Rori Blakeney, Carl Gladstone, Abby Herrera, and Kelly Peterson provide support and resourcing for young people’s ministries in the jurisdictional regions of the United States.
Rori Blakeney Southeastern Jurisdiction
Carl Gladstone North Central & Northeast Jurisdictions
Regional Staff - North Central and Northeastern Areas. Project lead with UMYOUTHMISSIONS, YPM Podcast and more.
"Life is one big dance party with my 2 year old JD and spouse, Dr. Anna! We live in Detroit, love parks with splash zones and try to eat pizza at least once a week."
Kelly Peterson West Jurisdiction
Abigail Parker Herrera South Central Jurisdiction
Abigail connects and empowers young people in the South Central Jurisdiction. She works with young leaders, listens to stories, encourages, and helps people navigate the United Methodist Church.
"I live and work in Austin, TX so that means I sometimes eat tacos for all three meals of the day! It also means I get to go hiking and swimming a lot. My husband and I are both clergy in the UMC, appointed to different churches and we have three kids and two dogs--we stay busy in fun ways."
Armindo Mapoissa and Dale Cancio provide leadership, support, and resourcing for young people’s ministries in Africa and Asia.
Armindo Mapoissa Africa Representative
Armindo is a YPM staffperson working with Youth and Young Adults in the Central Conferences of Africa.
Dale Cancio Philippines Representative