Teen Life Ministries began in 1995, but
the story starts long before
In 1980, Paul Evans entered a new church with his mom. He was twelve
and the church had something called a "youth ministry." Al Millergren
was the "youth director" and helped shape the ADD kid into a big time
Through the years, the friendship grew and even after graduating from
the youth group they remained close. Paul went into youth ministry full
time because of the influence of Al and in 1994 they began serving at
the same church. Al served as the family minister and Paul as the youth
minister. That same year they began thinking of ways to get their group
into the Word more. They wanted teens to grow in Christ. They also
wanted youth leaders to have a place to be strengthened and renewed.
Teen Life Ministries began with several small resources. The infamous
"slide-rule" which was a throwback to a 1950's learning tool. Then they
published a series of books on youth ministry and parenting. Finally,
they caught up with the rest of the world and when digital through the
Paul and Al will be the first to admit they are a little "old-school."
They focus on God's word and believe in teaching it. If you're looking
for a game that will somehow teach teens the Word without opening the
Bible, then you can go to plenty of sites online to find that. However,
if you want to get teens into God's Word for themselves, then you;re at
the right place.
From there, Paul and Al began expanding the resource line until April
2004 when they launched the Youth Ministry Zone.
This has proved to be a huge success with youth ministers around the
globe. Their youth ministry newsletter reaches over 35,000 youth
workers each week.
Al Millergren began working with
teens part-time in 1971 and continued part-time youth ministry for nine
years while finishing his degree and becoming a public school teacher
and head basketball coach in Florida. In 1980 Al moved his family to
Montgomery, Alabama where he has been ministering to youth since that
time. Al is 64 years old and is married to Connie. They have two
children and four grandchildren. Lee is an Alabama State Trooper and
Joy is a regional wholesaler.
Al is the co-author of four youth ministry books and one parenting
book. He also holds parenting seminars entitled “From the Heart of a
Parent” and has a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Studies.
Paul Evans started working as a youth minister part-time when he was 18
years old. Today he's 43, married to Marla and they have two sons, Sam
and Steven (both teenagers!)
He's the author of five books and is an international speaker. He's
shared the stage with some of the most influential leaders of our age
including Zig Ziglar.
In addition to serving at church,
he's blessed to be able to help
rescue and redeem orphans through the work of 100X Missions. In the
photo to the left you see his family's sponsor child Jose' who lives in
Paul and Al have over 50 years of frontline youth ministry