My name is Ali Campbell and I’ve been involved in children’s and youth ministry for 35 years (so far!). My journey with CYM began back in the early 2000s when, as the then Youth Minister at a church in West London, I became line manager of a CYM degree student! Not long after I was asked to be a field work tutor for a group of students. More recently I’ve been a tutor / trainer on the “Engage” Children’s Ministry course and also completed my Masters with CYM back in 2011!
Somehow, whichever way I have turned in ministry, there has been CYM – like some friendly shadow. Having watched the children’s and youth ministry landscape shift and change and then convulse over the last 18 months due to Covid, it has been reassuring to see CYM continuing to offer a great learning experience for all – whether the interest is in professional development days for time poor full timers or undergraduate courses with pathways that enable practitioners to specialise in their chosen filed.
I can’t tell you how much I have valued the chance to learn from and be challenged and encouraged by all those I have come in to contact with at CYM over the years – from fellow MA students who I am still in touch with, to some of the legends of the children’s and youth ministry world who have been involved in enabling CYM to still be here in 2021 – seeking to be an inspiring and prophetic voice in the world of training and professional development.
I was therefore delighted to be asked to be a trustee. I hope I can bring enthusiasm for the disciplines of children’s, youth and family ministry, creativity and passion for all we are doing and a willingness to get stuck in where I might be of most use as CYM look to begin another academic year.
CYM Trustee & Alumni
Youth and Children’s Ministry Consultant
Above: Ali Campbell, CYM Trustee and Alumni
The Institute for Children, Youth and Mission (CYM) is poised to equip a new generation of children and youth workers in the wake of the pandemic.