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Generation Z & the Great Commission

"And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.," (Matt. 25:40, NRSV). 

We want the future of the church to look like the kingdom of heaven, but when we don't listen to the least of these we are not listening to Jesus. In this main stage session, Northeastern Seminary Vice President Dr. Ben Espinoza will moderate a panel conversation on Gen Z & the church. 

Community Leaders & Panelists

Shanterra Mitchum

Shanterra Mitchum is a wife and mother of 3 beautiful creations. She is the Director of Rochester Programs at the Center for Teen Empowerment. She has over 16 years of experience in youth and program development. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in 2014 and her Master's in 2021, focusing on the history of structural racism in Rochester's housing, employment, and educational systems. She serves on several boards and committees addressing economic and racial disparities in our most marginalized communities. She has traveled the country presenting and providing expertise on youth voice, power, and engagement.

Jae Newman

Jae Newman is the Director of International Engagement at Roberts Wesleyan University and Northeastern Seminary. He also teaches creative writing at RWU, where he merges his training as a professional writer with his seminary training in the missional bent of teaching spiritual discernment through poetry and storytelling. 

Isaiah Santiago

Isaiah Santiago is a sophomore at St. John Fisher University studying political science. Isaiah founded the We Got This organization, an organization working to end gun violence by allowing youth to get involved in arts and music. At 16 years old, he started a free after-school program for at-risk youth to experience the process of creating and recording music. He currently sits on the board of directors for families together NYS as a board member and on the New York State Board of Regents Student advisory committee. Isaiah is currently the youngest candidate for the Rochester City School Board and, if elected, the youngest to ever fill the role.

Robyn Englert

Robyn Englert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice in the Rochester area. She has worked as a therapist for 17 years. She has had the opportunity to serve with the MS Society to facilitate groups and workshops for various subject matters. Additionally, she has spoken on various topics including anxiety, depression, mental health in adolescents, anger, and teaching Lay Counseling Skills. 

Ben Espinoza

Ben Espinoza, PhD. He is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and has several years of experience as a youth pastor, community life pastor, college pastor, and lead pastor.