The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has appointed Vance Blackfox (2012, M.A.T.S.) as director of Youth in Mission, starting June 6. He has served as director of youth ministries in congregations in Chicago, California, and Texas. Mr. Blackfox has participated in and led mission and cultural immersion programs to sites throughout the United States, and in Palestine, Mexico, and Zimbabwe.
“Vance’s experience and gifts will be a tremendous asset to Youth in Mission’s programs, particularly the vocational discernment program, Serving Christ in the World,” said Interim President Philip Hougen. “I’m delighted that he will be leading Youth in Mission as it begins its second decade of service to youth and to the church.”
“I believe my vocational calling is to continue equipping and empowering youth to serve and lead in both church and society,” Blackfox said. He envisions helping youth investigate theology through Youth in Mission by adding new elements to the already successful program and introducing new media to get youth engaged.
About Vance Blackfox
In addition to a master of arts in theological studies from LSTC, Blackfox holds a B.A. in communications studies and ethnic/cultural studies from Texas Lutheran University. He was in the USAA Scholars Program which included internships in corporate communications and marketing. He has done extensive coursework toward an M.S. in leadership and ethics at John Brown University. He is enrolled in the Ph.D. program at LSTC where he is studying ethics.
Blackfox has been a motivational speaker since 1994, making keynote presentations and leading workshops and vocational training for small groups and audiences of up to 36,000. He has been a chaplain at the Oaks Indian Mission, Oaks, Okla.; a multicultural program coordinator for California Lutheran University; a development editor for youth, adult, and family resources for Augsburg Fortress Publishers; and an adviser and planning team lead for the ELCA's Multicultural Advisory Committee of the Lutheran Youth Organization and the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event. He has also done fundraising for the Oaks Indian Mission and guest services management and leadership training for Cherokee Nation Entertainment in Oklahoma.
About Youth in Mission
Youth in Mission provides theological programs for high school youth and learning opportunities and resources for seminarians and youth ministry workers. Its goal is to provide opportunities for the youth of today to broaden their horizons, deepen their faith, and explore their vocation. It does this through two programs for youth, Serving Christ in the World, a two-week immersion for rising high school sophomores and juniors, and Beyond Belief, an urban immersion program for high school youth groups. Seminarians are available to serve as mentors for each program.
Assistant to the Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.