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I live in Mount Carroll, IL , and am willing to relocate.

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I would like to work in…

  • Youth / Student Ministry

I would like to work at a…

  • Assembly of God church
  • Baptist church
  • Baptist (NBC USA) church
  • Church of God church
  • Non-denominational church
  • Other church

Thomas Schaffer's résumé

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Desire to share the Gospel and raise up student leaders!


Mount Carroll Church of God - Associate Pastor of Youth
Mount Carroll, Illinois - August 2017 – Current
Planned and oversaw all aspects of youth ministry including mid-week services, Sunday School, outreach and relational events, departmental budget, and follow up with new students. Planned and executed a weekend Winter Camp for youth group. Shared in pastoral duties with Lead Pastor including weddings, funerals, hospital visits, nursing home ministry, and counseling. Preached on Sunday mornings several times each year. Helped in planning and execution of church wide events. Sat on Church Council and Christian Education board.

Legacy Church - High School and College Director
La Mesa, California - July 2015 – July 2017
Prepared and delivered messages for the high school ministry. Planned, coordinated, and executed various outreach events targeted at the unchurched in our area. Planned and coordinated a mission trip to Mexico with Amor Ministries. Recruited and trained volunteers for different aspects of the high school ministry. For the college ministry I led and facilitated discussion during our weekly meetings. Planned events for outreach and for community. For both ministries I was available for counseling in times of crisis as well as creating and maintaining a departmental budget.

Piedmont Community Church – Youth Ministry Intern
Piedmont, California - August 2014 – June 2015
Worked closely with the lead youth pastor in both the middle school and high school ministries. While playing primarily a support role for the high school ministry, I (with my wife Ashleigh) headed up all aspects of the middle school ministry. These included planning and delivering messages, monthly events, and outreach both to groups and one on one. We also assisted in the planning and execution of an international mission trip with Amor Ministries to Tijuana, Mexico.

Frontline Church – Youth Minister
Shawnee, Oklahoma – September 2012 – November 2013
Worked closely with the campus pastor to launch a new youth group for that campus. Worked intentionally in a nearby low-income housing development to share the Gospel with the students and families that lived there. Key member of the organization and planning of a multi campus church camp. Worked closely with the volunteers to plan and execute fun and engaging events for the students

Starbucks Inc – Barista
La Mesa, California – May 2012 – July 2017
Through my role as shift supervisor I was able to hone my skills of delegation, decision making under pressure, and remaining calm in high stress situations. I also had the opportunity to train and teach several different types of people, giving the insight into how to communicate with different personalities. All of these skills translate smoothly to a ministry environment.


Oklahoma Baptist University - August 2008 – May 2012
B.A. in Youth Ministry and Minor in Video Production

Missional Leadership Initiative - January 2018 – May 2019
Denominational training in new styles of church leadership and outreach with a Kingdom focus.


With a minor in video production, I enjoy and have the ability to shoot, edit, and produce a variety of video styles. Proficient in ProPresenter and both Mac and PC platforms. Excellent verbal and written communication. Ability to communicate vision and goals for myself and ministry.

Additional information

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father. My bride Ashleigh and I have been married since August 2013 and welcomed our first child, Axel, in August 2019. We believe ministry is a team effort and are passionate about sharing the Gospel with the lost and raising up student leaders. We have had the opportunity to serve in a variety of different cultures around the country and are excited to see what God has in store for us next!