Dave Sanders Profile
D.Min., Youth, Family and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2004
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1984
B.A., Political Science, Virginia Tech, 1974
Dr. Sanders has been involved with church and parachurch youth ministry since 1976. He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Church Alliance. Most of his experience in youth ministry has come from involvement with Young Life staff positions for 25 years. Fifteen of those years were invested in Europe conducting ministry in a particular niche to military teens on NATO bases all across Europe with MCYM/Club Beyond, a ministry partnership of Young Life and Youth for Christ. For eleven years he was the European Director of MCYM/Club Beyond, coordinating up to 50 staff people on 22 bases in six different countries. During this time, there was particular development of large (500+), intercultural short-term mission projects in multiple countries including Kenya, Burkina Faso, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Romania, Czech Republic, and Poland. Professor Sanders has additional experience with camping programs across Europe, particularly the summer outreach Beach Break camps in Livorno, Italy. His work included staff training, professional development and managing a budget of almost one million dollars. Honors Professor Sanders has received include: High Tank Crew for the entire US Army, 1976; Recipient of USAREUR Chaplain’s Coin, 2004; and the Rene Piersee 110% Award from the MCYM staff.
Dr. Sanders has been working at being a good husband for 33 years to his wife, Debbie, and a good father for 24 years to his daughters, Becca and Raine. His older daughter, Becca, was married in December 2007. It was his great honor (emotionally tough) to walk her down the aisle and conduct the communion as part of her marriage to William Wood. Raine transferred to Judson University this past semester and lives locally so he can get a few hugs weekly. He and his wife love being together and are currently remodeling the kitchen in their 100-year old home in Elgin.
Expertise / Involvements
Adolescent Culture and the intergenerational theory that establishes different ways that generations are affected by historical/cultural events and the lifestyle decisions and working conditions for various generations.
Short-term mission projects, including the current consumer-driven aspects of imitative mission trips in today’s youth ministry. What could be a sincerely profound youth ministry outlet because of the need for postmodern experiential spirituality (belonging comes before believing) is currently misguided and foundationally flawed.
Spiritual Mentoring with adolescents (particularly within the church) should be a primary focus of our ministry due to the dissolution of families and authentic relational involvement of adults in the lives of teens.
Fuller's Center for Youth and Family Ministry, www.cyfm.net; this website has some very good developing thoughts on short term missions as a focus of deep justice.
AMYE, www.aymeducators.org; the professional organization for those who teach youth ministry at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Journal of Student Ministries, www.thejournalofstudentministries.com; very good resource for articles and current Youthworker issues.