ken castor

After thirty years of next-generation ministry, Dr. Ken is balding in his hairline but still bold in his faith. He is the Family and NextGen Pastor at Wooddale Church. He served as the Professor of Youth Ministry at Crown College for over a decade and in nextgen ministry for two decades before that. Ken is the “Blue Letters Editor” of the Award-winning Jesus-Centered Bible, and has authored numerous discipleship resources like Grow Down and Make a Difference. He’s also a nerdy Cubs fan, the founder of NEXT Ministry Conferenceshas several Chuck-Taylors, and enjoys living in Minnesota with his brilliantly witty and slightly freezing family.


How can the next generation stand in this stormy world?

Strong even through the winds.
Where knots become beauty marks…
And life overflows.


2022 Events

  • 01.08 Recharge – Bethel U
  • 01.09 Parenting Class – Wooddale
  • 01.13 Future of Church Retreat – U of NW
  • 01.16 Parenting Class – Wooddale
  • 01.30 Legacy of Hope Panel – Wooddale
  • 02.02 Men’s Huddle – Wooddale
  • 02.19 C&MA Virtual Youth Min Training
  • 03.11 Ignite Youth Conference (Des Moines)
  • 03.19 Parenting Conference – Heartland Free
  • 04.08 Ignite Youth Conference (Chicago)
  • 05.04 Parents In Tune – Wooddale
  • 05.14 C&MA Virtual Youth Min Training
  • 07.07 LIFE Conference – Orlando
  • Plus some great writing projects TBA!!