Youth Pastor Spotlight: Jordan Culham

Quick Facts:

  • Place of birth? Neilburg, Saskatchewan
  • Married? YES!
  • What Church are you at? West Edmonton Christian Assembly (WECA)
  • Ho w long have you been there? 6 years (in 7th year of ministry) AND LOVIN’ IT!

Q: Favorite Movie?A: Jason Bourne(s)

Q: Do you remember when and where you were called to ministry?A: I generally say no, but that is because my story is a little different. I kinda just lived a listen to God and do what he says prayer life, and because of it, i was at a camp called Eagles Nest Ranch. God had laid in on our hearts that our next opportunity would come as we served out at the Ranch. It was there that a friend, who was from Edmonton, after a conversation about what God was doing through me in my life, told me about a job opening in Edmonton and how he thought I was the “guy.” I just so happened that the next week we were moving up to Edmonton. My wife and I had been praying about where he wanted us to dig roots and Edmonton was where we felt lead to go. So I took it as the opportunity that God had said he would present at Eagles Nest Ranch and I called the church when we arrived. The rest is history. Connection with Jesus is my purpose, my calling was to minister to youth, and my vocation right now is the kickstart youth pastor.  No matter what I do I will always be connected to Jesus, pour into the youth that are changing the world; I just happen to get to have an incredible job as a pastor.  

Q: What’s your least favorite fast food joint?A: McDonalds.

Q: Any pet peeves?A: I don’t like it when people put their mouths near my ears.

Q: What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry? What’d you learn?A: Biggest mistake? When I was a small group leader there was one time that I decided because I didn’t have enough seats in my car, to take all my small group, I would put a kid in the trunk. To top it all off, before cell phone driving laws were in place, in the times of SWEET flip phones, I decided to answer my phone at a RED light. Needless to say, I started the conversation, and the youth on the other end of the phone was wondering when I was gonna be there. Without thinking, I let off the break and drove across. Not only was the light red, I just so happened to cross the Trans-Canada highway. I looked up, and in my rear view mirror, i watched a semi-truck drive by. So maybe this is not a mistake that ended in the worst possible conclusion, but it was a mistake.

Q: What’s your favorite piece of tech for doing youth ministry?A: Latergram. It lets me schedule all my Instagram posts.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of youth ministry? A: Playing/Having EDP’s (Epic Dance Parties)/Enjoying Tea Parties with my kids. I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS, relaxing, cat naps, YouTube videos of Jimmy Fallon is a go to for a good laugh for me. I love having people over to our house so I can make them coffee and play games.  I like working out as well.  

Q: Do you have a particular area that your focusing on right now with your students? Why?A: My volunteer base has grown quite large so i am having to leader how to create culture that is relational without having one on ones with every leader. Implementing small group coaches has been helpful but i am still learning how to cast vision and culture with the coaches. Jim collins calls this “finding the right person for the right seat on the bus” The reason i am doing this is because i believe that vision and culture come from the top of the mountain. So if i am not doing this with the small group coaches, how will it make it’s way into the leaders and then students?

Q: Yea or nay to all-nighters?A: YEAH! All nighters can be done really well and really poorly. If the goal is to stay up all night, then you fail. If the goal is to create tons of opportunities for relationship building moments and memories. I believe intentional leaders that do more than just walk through the motions with the students and ask life questions always win on a all-nighter. Time does not always equal connection.

Q: What’s the best event you’ve ever done with students?A: Honestly, I don’t know. you would have to ask the students. My favorite is anything that creates the opportunity to do something that normally is taboo, like: smashing a car,  a paint war, amazing races, Mafia Nights, Candy crushed, Mud Pits, and Nerf wars. I find it hard to choose one because there is just so many FUN things to do.

Q: If you could gather all the youth pastors in our province in a room, what would you want to say to them?A: What you do is important because YOU are important and sharing the gospel to a teenager is one of the most life changing opportunities we get to have everyday. And sure, investment is tough in a world where friendship pools are miles and miles wide and only an inch deep. But if you choose depth over diameter and invest in even just one. You will create wells not wading pools and change the lives of more than just those you have invested in. You bring what you can. God will bring what you can’t.

Q: What’s your favorite part of being a youth pastor? A: That I get to be in the time of life with people where I can team up with God and see identities shaped and solidified.

Q: Where can people connect with you online?A:email: jordan@weca.cominstagram, facebook