Purpose and Vision In September of 2018, the Office of Youth Ministry of the Diocese of Atlanta launched a Podcast for Youth Workers. The purpose of the Podcast is to provide spiritual nourishment and formation for those working with youth in the Episcopal Church. We hope to accomplish this through the vision of providing a topic each episode from 3 different perspectives of those working with Episcopal youth in the Diocese of Atlanta and elsewhere.
About our Hosts Each of our hosts comes from a different background of Youth Ministry in the Episcopal Church and has a story to tell. Our hosts are made up of 2 full-time Lay Youth Ministers and 1 full-time Priest.
Wallace Benton Wallace Benton is a cradle Episcopalian and was raised in the Georgia clay outside of Atlanta. Wallace has been serving in churches in youth ministry for the past 5 years, and loves building relational ministries. Currently, he serves as the Director of Youth Ministries at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roswell, GA and is the Lay Director for the Diocese of Atlanta’s New Beginnings retreat weekend. When he finds some time off, Wallace can be found watching tv with his wife, playing board games with other youth ministers, and jogging along the Chattahoochee River.
Matt Bowers Matthew Bowers has been working in youth ministry since 2007. During those years, he's served as a college youth ministry intern, part time youth leader, Episcopal summer camp counselor, Episcopal summer camp director, and now serves as the Director of Youth Ministry and Programming in the Diocese of Southwest Florida . He is also proud to serve as Vice President of the National Happening Committee which oversees Diocesan Happening weekends and sets up the bi-yearly leadership conference. Matt graduated from Florida State with a degree in Religious Studies. Florida State is also where he met his wife, Hayden. When his life is not engulfed in youth ministry work, Matt likes to watch college football, soccer, and read comic books.
The Rev. Ashley Carr Ashley Carr is a priest in the Diocese of Atlanta. She currently serves as the Vicar of Holy Comforter in Atlanta, GA. Ashley has been working with youth in some capacity since 2009, and she believes that youth are at the heart of our lives and work in the Episcopal tradition. When she’s not working, you can find Ashley outside in the woods or on a river with her spouse and two dogs.