Entrepreneur. Youth Leader. Husband. Father. Wannabe surfer.

Successful entrepreneur for 14+ years.

20+ years of church ministry experience as a kid's and youth ministry leader.

Married to Jena, a gnarly triathlete, for 19+ years.

Dad to 3 kids. Ethan - tattoo artist and art student at Montana State University. Joey - fashion design student in NYC. Emma - senior at Canyon Crest Academy.

Enjoys surfing, but not all that good at it.

Lives in Encinitas, CA.

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YOUTH WORK EXPERIENCE

2008 - Present: Entrepreneur

  • Founder of Ministry to Youth, a company that creates church youth ministry curriculum.
  • Full-time since 2012.
  • Built the company from scratch and now has 12,000+ customers from around the world.

2020 - Present: Volunteer Youth Ministry Leader at Light Church in Encinitas, CA

  • Volunteer on the youth ministry team.
  • Lead games and periodically on the teaching rotation.
  • Assist the youth pastors as-needed.

2012 - 2018: Volunteer Preteen + Youth Pastor at Northshore Vineyard in Covington, LA

  • Oversaw the preteen (4th-6th grade) and youth ministry (junior high & high school)
  • Coordinated weekly services, events, etc.
  • Led a team of volunteers.
  • Pastoral care to students and families.

2009 - 2011: Kid's Ministry Leader at La Jolla Presbyterian Church

  • Full-time Elementary Director overseeing K-5th grade.
  • Coordinated weekly Sunday services, mid-week services and events.
  • Led a team of volunteers and summer interns.
  • Coordinated summer program with 100+ kids in attendance and 40+ volunteers.

2007-2009: Sales Rep at U.S. Copy in New Orleans, LA

  • Full-time outside sales rep - multi-functional copiers, printers and faxes.

1998-2007: Children's & Youth Pastor at New Orleans Vineyard Church

  • Full-time church ministry leader
  • Held various leadership positions including: Children's Pastor, Preteen Pastor, Junior High Pastor and oversaw the high school pastor.
  • Led the Children's Ministry (birth-6th grade), which included 400+ kids and 100+ volunteers.
  • Preteen Ministry Pastor (4th-6th grade) - Started preteen ministry from scratch, was personally involved in pastoring and teaching students, and all aspects of leading the preteen ministry.
  • Junior High Pastor (7th-8th grade) - Led the junior high ministry, taught weekend services, pastored students, etc.
  • Recruited and trained volunteers.
  • Coordinated various events, including camp, VBS, and big church events.
  • Pastoral care to kids, students and families.

OTHER YOUTH EXPERIENCE

Mentor with Young Entrepreneurs Academy

  • Served as a volunteer mentor at a local chapter of the Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA) in Louisiana.
  • About YEA: Through a year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.

Volunteer with Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans

  • As a volunteer, I led the JA in a Day Program teaching students about entrepreneurship at various schools throughout the greater New Orleans area.
  • Junior Achievement is a nonprofit that inspires and prepares young people for success.

Contact Nick

Phone: 504-559-0297
Email: nickyd456@gmail.com