Rev. Elizabeth Bjorling Poest has been a full time youth pastor for 15 years: pastoring Jr. Highers and Preteens at large multi site church, Children and Youth at medium sized suburban university congregation, and now at a smaller urban church in Chicago. Elizabeth teaches Youth and Christian Ministry Courses at Trinity International University. She is completing her PhD in Education at TEDS. Elizabeth is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, wrote Wired Preteen Curriculum, speaks at camps, revivals, and conferences about getting dusty with Jesus, and this summer led a 3 week theological camp for urban high schoolers. In her spare time Elizabeth loves adventures with her husband Christopher, laughing until her sides hurt with family and friends over flaming peaches, or drinking great coffee while catching up with her “favorite” students and interns now scattered around the globe.
Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Rev. Rios graduated from the Methodist Seminary, John Wesley and is an ordained elder of the Methodist Church of Mexico. Rev. Rios has toured churches throughout Mexico and the United States, ministering and equipping worship teams as well as providing support for youth groups for at least 20 years. Currently, he is an associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church Peoria and Director of contemporary and bilingual worship services.
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