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Steve Stone Jr.'s résumé

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I am a 20 year youth and young adult ministry veteran, artist, speaker, teacher, and theologian that has partnered with various churches to create sustainable ministry models for youth and young adults.

Experience

Embury United Methodist • Millington, TN
Employed as Part-time Director of Youth Ministries, October 1996 – February 1997

Munford First United Methodist Church • Munford, TN
Employed as Part-time Director of Youth Ministries, March 1997 – September 1999

Covenant United Methodist Church • Cordova, TN
Employed as Part-time Director of Youth Ministries, September 1999 – June 2001
Employed as Full-time Director of Youth Ministries, June 2001 – June 2002

St. Paul United Methodist Church • Lakeland, TN
Employed as Full-time Director of Youth Ministries, June 2002 – July 2004

Emmanuel United Methodist Church • Memphis, TN
Employed as a Full-time Associate Director of Youth and Young Adults, August 2004 – February 2008
Employed as a Full-time Director of Youth and Young Adults, February 2008 – July 2013

Bethlehem United Methodist Church • Franklin, TN
Employed as a Part-time Director of Youth, August 2013 – Present

Education

Graduate University of Memphis • May 2000 • Bachelor of Fine Arts and Communication
Concentration: Graphic Design
Summa Cum Laude

Enrolled in Master of Divinity Program at Vanderbilt Divinity School August 2013 – May 2018 and hope to receive a Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt May 11, 2018.

Skills

I feel that I am skilled in helping people realize their calling and empowering them to take steps to answer that call. I find that I am skilled interpersonally and often help resolve conflict in my current setting. I am skilled with financial information although it is not my forte. I am skilled at listening and I find that God gives me the right questions to ask to help people open up and share their heart. I am skilled at assessing a problem or goal and then taking the necessary steps to recruit people to help solve that problem or accomplish that goal. I am also skilled in the visual arts and in the intersections of art and theological formation. My favorite medium is ceramics but I also like to repurpose and resurrect discarded materials. I am also skilled in public speaking and communication. I have a degree in graphic design and an affinity for art, both of which lend themselves to visual communication. Also, I love sharing the gospel. Finally, I am skilled in facilitating and leading contemplative practice and spiritual guidance.

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Extra Curricular Activities/ Interests and Hobbies

In my free time, I enjoy reading books both for spiritual growth and for entertainment. I love creating art, speaking, teaching, and serving God. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and being mischievous with both. In recent years, I have realized the importance of Sabbath in my extra curricular time. It has become an essential part of my ministry and has helped to shape who I am today. I love the outdoors, camping, canoeing, whitewater rafting, snow skiing, four-wheeling, the beach and ocean, and enjoying all of God’s creation. I love movies, music, food, culture, and media even if at times I find myself disgusted with all five. I love to run, work out, lift weights, and take care of the temple that God has given me.

Memphis Annual Conference Experience

Co-leader of Memphis Annual Conference Mid-winter retreat for youth • Lakeshore UMA
March 24 – 26, 2000 • February 16 – 18, 2001

Co-leader of Jr. High Camp Week, Lakeshore UMA, July 8 – 14, 2001

Dean of Jr. High Camp Week • Lakeshore UMA, July 20-26, 2003

Dean of 30-Hour Famine Mid-Winter Retreat for Youth
February 22 – 24, 2002 • February 21-23, 2003

Co-leader of the 30-hour Famine Mid-winter retreat for youth • Lakeshore UMA
February 27 – 29 2004

Member of the Memphis Annual Conference Youth Workers Executive Committee
Head of the Exploration/ Special events Committee, 2000 – 2001

Co-leader of Youth workers 1 0n 1 (a youth leaders training event)
September 22, 2001, St. Paul UMC • February 2, 2002, St. Luke’s UMC

Member of the Exploration Task Force • Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences
Helped plan and lead The Call 2001, and the Call 2003
(An event for youth to explore their call to ministry and the call of God in their life)

Member of the District Youth Council
Head of the Missions Committee, 2001 – 2002
District Youth Council Coordinator, 2002 – 2004

Leader of Conference Mannafest Team (Outdoor Christian Concert Event)
November 2003 – September 2004

Additional Experience

Periodic Speaker at Heartsong United Methodist Church, Leader and speaker at Chrysalis

Chapel and Club Speaker at Germantown High School, Houston High School, Christ Methodist Day School, Presbyterian Day School

Created various pieces of graphic design including t-shirts, stickers, mailers, logos, signs, and brochures, for Collierville UMC, Heartsong UMC, Covenant UMC, St. Paul UMC, Emmanuel UMC, Bethlehem UMC, and the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Leader of River of Life, week-long local mission experience at Bethlehem UMC • 2014, 2016

Leader of Church Has Left the Building, church-wide mission experience Bethlehem UMC • 2016, 2017, 2018