About

I’m not supposed to be a youth pastor. At least, that’s what the tests say.
Did you ever take career tests in High School? I remember mine. My senior year in Boise, ID, I took the full MBTI personality test. It listed the 50 jobs my personality was most likely to do, and the 25 jobs my personality was least likely to do. 15 of my 25 “no, no’s” were related to youth ministry. It said I’m the wrong personality to be a pastor to students. Which was fine–I didn’t want to be a youth pastor anyway.

Today, I’m husband to Liz, Dad to Caleb, and I work for Josiah Venture, a team in Central and Eastern Europe that spreads God’s love to young people. I started in student ministries in 2004. I worked at Glenwood Community Church in Vancouver, WA for 6 years before moving to Hungary, Central Europe. I’m passionate about the local church and young people. I get to live out both of those values as the team leader for Josiah Venture’s work in Hungary.

I invite you to “Dream Different.” My purpose is to live in a way that produces greater love, develops healthier leaders, and multiplies viral believers. I write about youth ministry, cross-cultural ministry, leadership, and the Christian life.

My hope is that this site will offer truly helpful content. I aim to offer sound theory in practical, relevant ways. I engage the community here with questions and conversation. I think much of the content is unique, either because of my cross-cultural context, because of my non-traditional youth ministry personality, or because of different fundamental values. I hope it stirs good conversation.

I post 2-3 times per week, with regular guest contributions from other veteran pastors and missionaries. Please join the conversation! (Click here to find out why I write.)

About Me:
I’ve been working with students my entire life–literally. My parents have worked with young people since I was born, with tremendous effectiveness. Like many boys, I thought I’d be ‘just like my dad’, and then (about Middle School) I figured I’d be nothing like my dad. My senior year of High School God started calling me to youth ministry.

I attended Multnomah Bible College (now Multnomah University) and majored in Bible, Theology and Youth Ministry. I have been deeply impacted by educational psychology and developmental understandings. I also have a strong appreciation for historical theology.

After graduation, I started at Glenwood Community Church in Vancouver, WA, where my wife and I served for 6 years. I led Middle School through Young Adult ministries, with my hands-on time being with High School students. God blessed us with a ministry that multiplied leaders, and He has called many of our former students into a life of formal ministry.

I did two classes towards a masters degree at Reed College, Portland, which was quite an experience. I hope to finish my masters sometime in the future.

My wife, Liz, and I met in High School and dated all four years I was at university. We were married in August of 2004, and had our first child, Caleb, in March of 2010. We love sharing ministry together, and she is truly my partner in every sense.

We moved to Europe in February of 2012, where we partner with local churches to reach and disciple the youth in their church and in their city. We love the people of Hungary, and we love our Josiah Venture family.

Outside of God, family, and ministry, my favorite thing in the entire world is dropping a raft into a huge wave. I also enjoy most outdoors activities–hunting, hiking, etc. A good book can grab my attention with ease, and I love to travel.

Contact Info:

I’d love to hear from you! You can email me (RobTrenckmann (at) gmail.com), follow me on Twitter, or friend me on Facebook.

Disclaimer:

This is my personal blog, and the views are my own. I don’t claim to represent Josiah Venture or anyone else. I hope you enjoy it!

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