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Dr. Jeffrey Kaster
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Jeff has been involved in youth ministry since 1978 when he was hired for his first parish youth ministry position. Since then, he has served in a number of roles, including Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Saint Cloud. Jeff has been an adjunct professor of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University since 1990. In 2000, Jeff became the Director of the newly-created Youth in Theology and Ministry program. Jeff has dedicated his career to discovering and developing successful strategies in fostering adolescent Christian discipleship.



Jessie Johnson
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320-363-2612 / 877-556-9518

Jessie was a YTM counselor from 2007-2009 and graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a Bachelor's degree in Theology (Pastoral Ministry) in 2009. From 2009-2013 Jessie served as Director of Youth Ministry at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, PA before returning to Minnesota for her current position in July 2013. She is responsible for managing the student staff, coordinating logistics for events and programs, and some YTM counselor training/program development.


  Jena Thurow

Jena Thurow
YTM/LYTN Graduate Assistant
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Originally from Cedarburg, WI, Jena is a current student at the School of Theology, pursuing a Master's of Divinity. Jena has been active in music ministry since her high school years, and graduated from Marquette University in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Theology. She recently returned from a year abroad working in parish music ministry and religious education in Wexford, Ireland. Jena's responsibilities include the financial budget planning, file maintenance, and development.


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