Jeffrey Kaster

Adjunct Professor of Theology, Director Youth in Theology and Ministry, Director Lilly Youth Theology Network

B.A., Saint John's University, 1977
M.A., Saint John's University, 1984
Ed.D., University of Minnesota, 2008

Office: Emmaus Hall 112
Phone Number: 320-363-2620
Email: [email protected]

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Area of Focus
  • Jeffrey Kaster’s teaching and research has focused on effective practices of evangelizing youth and young adults and fostering missionary discipleship. Two primary questions have focused his research: What is working?  What does working mean?
  • The Youth in Theology and Ministry program and the Lilly Youth Theology Network has served as a laboratory for research and practice in fostering excitement for theological learning and vocational discernment in the young church.

Research /Teaching Interest/Biography 
  • Jeffrey Kaster has served as director of the Youth in Theology and Ministry program at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota, since 2000 and as coordinator of the Lilly Youth Theology Network since 2013. He teaches practical theology courses in evangelization, Christian education, campus ministry, and youth ministry. Jeff has a master’s degree in theology from Saint John’s University and a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota.

Special Committees/Organizations
  • National Association for Lay Ecclesial Ministry
  • Religious Education Association
  • Youth Ministry Network, Minneapolis and Saint Paul
  • Chair, Lilly Youth Theology Network Think Tank on Evaluation, 2015-present.
  • Princeton Theological Seminary Youth Theology Research Group, 2012-2015.
  • Minnesota Catholic Education Association State Certification Board for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.  2005 2012.
  • Chair, National Symposiums on Lay Ecclesial Ministry Planning Committee, 2005-2011.
  • Chair, Hands Across the World Board of Directors, 2008-2012.
  • Minnesota Catholic Education Association Leadership Forum Committee on Certification. 1997-2007.
  • National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry Certification Commission. 1998-present.
  • Common Competency Project.  1999-2003 The writing committee for national competency standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers representing NALM, NFCYM, and NCCL.

  • Kaster, Jeffrey J. “How to empower youth to do theology.” Faith & Leadership, Duke Divinity School, January 24, 2017.
  • Kaster, Jeffrey J. “Beyond an ‘either/or’ Christianity.” Princeton Theological Seminary, The Institute for Youth Ministry, January 24, 2017.
  • Kaster, Jeffrey J. “Beyond an ‘either/or’ Christianity (Part Two).” Princeton Theological Seminary, The Institute for Youth Ministry, January 31, 2017.
  • Kaster, Jeffrey. Youth Ministry. Revised edition. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2016. Print. Collegeville ministry series; Collegeville ministry series.
  • Kaster, Jeffrey. “Fuel My Faith: Pedagogies of Theological Reflection,” pp. 154-173, in How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education—If We Let It, Eds. Dean, Kenda Creasy and Hearlson, Christy Lang. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2016.

  • “Assessing Christian Discipleship Formation in Catholic Youth Ministry,” October 2008.

National Presentations/Papers
  • “Beyond the Spiritual Roller Coaster: Sustaining Missionary Discipleship through Theology,” 2016 National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, San Jose, California.
  • “A doormat is not a symbol of Christian Leadership,” Professional Development Series 2012-13, Youth Ministry Network, St. Paul and Minneapolis.
  • “What’s working in Adolescent Catechesis?”  National Catholic Education Associate National Conference, New Orleans 2011.
  • “Forming Christian Disciples,” National Association for Lay Ministry National Conference.  St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2009.
  • Panel Discussion: “Vocational Discernment:  Insights from Listening to High School Youth,” 6th Annual Conference on the College Male, Collegeville, MN, February 2009.