Directors and Staff
Steve Schneeberger is the Executive Director of the Youth Ministry Institute. Beginning in 1985, Steve began a vocation as a youth minister serving churches in Kansas and Florida. He is a 1981 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kansas, has a business degree from Baker University (1985) and a law degree from the University of Kansas (1988). He is married to Carol, a school counselor and former teacher. They have three children.
Kirsten Knox, Regional Director for YMI Florida, was part of the second class to complete the YMI two-year coaching and training class in 2009. She has since been a coach on multiple occasions. Kirsten Knox is married and a graduate of Asbury University with a degree in youth ministry. She began working in youth ministry in 2000, serving Pasadena Community United Methodist Church for a decade.
Matt Vaughan is the regional director for Youth Ministry Institute Midwest. Matt previously served as a youth minister for over 18 years at three churches with varied memberships of 350 to 4,500 members. During his career, he planned over 70 trips, taught 700 confirmation students, and hired 45 interns (of which 18 pursued vocational ministry). He began his career at at United Methodist church and most recently served a Presbyterian church.
Matt received theological education from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and was later certified as a school teacher by the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas. Matt and his wife, Amy, live in Prairie Village, Kansas with their two sons. When they are not at a basketball game or tennis match, they yearn to hike, camp, or ski in Colorado and Arizona.
Rev. Zach Walker has been serving in youth ministry over 15 years in a variety of contexts and still loves the joys and challenges of working and ministering with young people. With an undergraduate degree in psychology and gender studies, Zach graduated with his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He currently serves as Pastor of Youth Ministry at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS. In addition to all things related to youth ministry, Zach has a variety of interests including running, cycling, reading and music, to mention a few. He lives in Prairie Village with his wife, Meredith, and son, Silas.
Lisa Greenwood is Vice President for Leadership Ministry at the Texas Methodist Foundation. She joined the team at TMF after serving five years as a strategist with Horizons Stewardship Company. At the core of Lisa’s ministry is the belief that God is up to something big in this world, nothing short of a world of Love and Justice for all persons. Therefore, driving her service in the church is a commitment to helping individuals and churches discern God’s vision for how they might participate in what God is doing and then move to a life lived fully for Christ.
Lisa earned a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Ordained in 1992, she has successfully served suburban, urban and rural churches in the North Texas Annual Conference, including ten years in youth ministry. She has also served as the chair of the Order of Elders (2008-2012), a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry (2000-2012), and on the NTC Delegation in 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016. Lisa speaks frequently to gatherings of pastors, laity and young adults at local church and connectional events in addition to consulting in the areas of church transformation and generosity.
She is married to Joe Park. Together they share eight children and live in Dallas, Texas.
Scott is currently at Riviera United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg where he has served as the Director of Youth Ministry since 2000 as well as the Director of Children’s ministry since 2008. Prior to arriving at Riviera UMC, Scott spent 8 years in a variety of roles within the mental health system including Case Management and Therapeutic Foster Care Supervisor. He is married to Laurie, his wife of 23 years and they have 3 children.
Spencer Geren attended Florida State University majoring in Economics. He began his professional career with Lever Brothers Company (now known as UniLever), working also for Telerx Marketing. He is now working with Pompeian, Inc., a consumer products food company. His career in consumer products and business analytics has spanned both large and small organizations including sales, management and consulting positions, platform development, coding and end user reporting. He is married and has two grown children. He and his wife worship at First United Methodist Church of Orlando.
Rick is a 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City with an undergraduate degree in Business and Marketing. In 1998 he received his MBA from Baker University. He began his professional career in 1986 with United Parcel Service and worked in Operations, Operations Management, Customer Service Management, Customer Automation, Sales and Sales Management for over 22 years. In 2009 Rick went to work for Iron Mountain as a Regional Sales Manager and currently is the Director of the Life Sciences Vertical for North America. The Walters have been members of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, since 1999 and volunteer as Head Ushers and with ministries throughout the church. Rick and his wife, Kim, live in Leawood where they raised their two boys, Joey and Seth. Having spent all of their spare time at baseball, basketball and soccer practice/games over the last 25 years, they are now enjoying their leisure time in new ways, traveling and spending more time together.