Youth Ministry


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The Youth Ministry program exists to prepare men and women to understand and relate to youth culture, love teens, lead them to Jesus, and equip them for ministry. Students in the Youth Ministry major are trained to lead church based youth groups, campus clubs, city wide events, small groups, camps and retreats, local outreach projects and overseas missions trips.

A crucial element of that training is a carefully integrated program of weekly ministry in the church, campus or community and a 400-600 hour internship. Our goal is to produce competent, confident, capable and compassionate youth pastors and youth workers for the church and other agencies in Canada and around the world.

Meet The Team

Matthew Ball

Youth Ministry Director

Matt is the Youth Ministry Program Director at Vanguard.  He began his youth ministry career in 1995 while attending Bible College.  He has worked in youth ministries at five different churches across Canada, serving rural, suburban and urban settings.  He loves youth ministry and has a desire to see youth pastors train and leading the next generation into a relationship with Christ.  He is married to Tammy and has three children.


Youth Ministry Adjunct Faculty

Education: Diploma in Youth Ministry, Vanguard College; 1 Year Certificate in Dental Assisting, NAIT;  Graduate Certificate in Youth and Young Adults Ministry

Denise has served in youth and young adult ministry for over 10 years in a local church context in Edmonton, Alberta. She is passionate about equipping and empowering the next generation of young leaders to know, love and serve Jesus to their greatest potential. It brings her great joy to see youth and young adults using their gifts and talents to further God’s purposes.