During the week of the Momentum youth conference (July 26-31) at Cedarville University, two CE National Honors were presented during a main session before over 2,200 people. Last week we shared that Tony and Kelly Vitrano (Grace Church in Akron, Ohio) were presented as the youth staff members of the year. The Youth Pastor of the Year award was also presented at the conference during that same session.
CE National is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Youth Pastor of the Year award is Travis Smith from Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio.
Travis previously worked in the television industry and now has been working at Grace Fellowship for four years. Since working at Grace Fellowship, the student ministry has grown from 30 to over 350 students in grades 6 to 12.
Travis changed the focus of the ministry to a groups model, where students are discipled and leaders are equipped. He has been effective in ministry through the growing phases of Grace Fellowship with both additional campuses and a “portable” church.
Congratulations Travis! Thank you for your outstanding work with students for the cause of Christ!