YOCO 2019 Speakers
A/G National Youth Director
Josh and Jennifer Wellborn have come back to their hometown of Springfield, Missouri to serve in the Assemblies of God Youth Ministries after 17 years in full-time ministry. Josh attended Evangel University and Jennifer, Missouri State University.
After pursuing a career in broadcasting, Josh became a youth pastor in 2001 and has served in Brussels, Belgium; Seattle, Washington; and Michigan. Their youth ministry at Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan was nationally ranked in the Top 10 for Speed the Light giving.
In 2015, Josh was appointed as the Michigan District Student Ministries Director, where he oversaw both youth and children’s ministries. Then, in January 2018, he was appointed National Director of Assemblies of God Youth Ministries. Josh and Jennifer live in Ozark, Missouri with their four children—Isaac, Symon, Liza, and Stella.
National STL Director
Eric Hoffman was appointed to serve as director for Speed the Light in January 2018.
In the three years Hoffman served as district youth director (DYD) for Illinois, giving to Speed the Light increased by more than $300,000. Prior to serving as DYD, he was youth pastor at Abundant Life in Alton, Illinois — one of the Top 20 Giving Churches for Speed the Light during his tenure.
“Eric and Liz have a strong record of cultivating generosity and a passion for missions,” says General Superintendent Doug Clay.
Eric and his wife, Liz, have three children.
Jeremy serves in the role of District Youth Director for the Tennessee Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. Prior to this he served in the body of Christ for nearly two decades as youth pastor, evangelist, and church planter in places like Tullahoma and Cleveland, Tennessee and Beaumont, Texas. He also spent a few years as a team member of a ministry in Hamilton, Alabama known as The Ramp. Although he has functioned in various assignments, his focus and passion has remained consistent—to lead people into a genuine encounter with the life-changing power of Holy Spirit, engage them with the person of Jesus and call them into their rightful place as sons and daughters of a loving Father. Jeremy and his wife of over nineteen years, Michelle, and their two beautiful, Jesus-loving children live in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Luis J Ruiz and Angel Colon
After surviving the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Luis and Angel founded Fearless Identity to bring hope and understanding to the LGBTQ community and the church through education, biblical clarity, and support in a judgement free environment for those seeking the option to change. They bridge the gap between the marginalized and misunderstood, wounded, and survivors to bring those individuals to wholeness in Jesus Christ.