Idea to Action Series

Hosted by Huntington University

The Idea to Action symposiums, held twice a year, explore relevant ministry topics in light of theological reflection, exemplary practice, and proven resources. Due to Covid restrictions, the events are currently offered online. The cost is free, but you need to register.

The cost is free for everybody. However, you need to register.

Topic: Discipling Youth and Families

When: Monday, October 25, 2021
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Topic: “Discipling Youth and Families”

Basic Schedule
10:00 am. “Generation Z and Spiritual Maturity: Challenges & Opportunities,” by Dr. Tom Bergler, Professor of Christian Thought and Practice at Huntington University.

11:00 am. “Making Disciples in the Home: Practices and Problems,” by Dr. Becky Benjamin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair at Huntington University.

12:00 noon. “Ministering to GenZ within Today’s Context.” A panel discussion with United Brethren ministers Chris Augustat, Brian Kramer, and Mark Vincenti.

Q & A: available during the live presentation

Recorded link: Sent to all registered attendees after the webinar


The cost is free for everybody. However, you need to register.

Dr. Tom Bergler joined the Huntington University faculty in 2000, and teaches in the Ministry and Missions Department. He is particularly interested in discipleship and youth ministry, interests that often appear in his published scholarly work as well as in the classroom.

As an educator, Tom’s goal is to equip students to be leaders in the church who can lead others to spiritual maturity. He wants them to understand that God has created and called them to serve the church and the world in the power of Christ.

Dr. Rebekah (Becky) Benjamin joined the Huntington University faculty in 2015. She teaches courses and oversees student research projects in the Psychology Department. She specializes in applied cognition and development, and is interested in exploring the scholarship of teaching and learning, faith development in families, and reading development.

In the classroom, Becky’s primary goal is to help students become lifelong learners with inquisitive minds, individuals who are curious about knowledge and the source of that knowledge. She wants her students to see that all people are made in the image of God and are worth taking the time to understand.

Brian Kramer has served in United Brethren ministry since 1990 in Pennsylvania and Indiana. He has been Pastor of Student Ministries at Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.) since 2021, and was ordained in 2015.

Christine Augustat has Family Life Pastor at Fowlerville UB church (Fowlerville, Mich.). She was ordained as a United Brethren minister in 2018.

Mark Vincenti has served on staff at UB churches in Pennsylvania and Indiana since 2000, and was ordained in 2015. In September 2021 he was named Campus Pastor at Huntington University.

Next Idea to Action

Monday, March 28, 2022

“Young Adults and the Church”

About the Idea to Action Series

The Idea to Action Series enables United Brethren pastors, ministry staff, and laypersons to learn about and discuss practical ministry. The purpose is to:

Provide theologically informed ministry perspectives
Provide a consistent source of quality continuing education credits
Provide opportunities for Huntington University ministry students and alumni to interact with local and regional ministry practitioners

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