Helping families and churches
share Jesus with the next generation
Welcome to Gospel Centered Family. What began as a blog is now a ministry. Through our writing and ministry coaching, our goal is to provide consistent resources that will aid you in your work with kids, students, and their families. It began with three of us—Jeff, Pat, and Jared. We first met in 2008 at a children’s ministry conference, and we soon became friends. Since that time, we’ve made excuses to get together, talk shop, and learn from one another as often as our schedules allow.
We’d love for you to check out our books, VBS curriculum, and coaching resources. But the heart of this website is our blog, which is a chance for you to listen into what our team’s conversations are like when we hang out together at a pub or local coffee shop. The focus of the blog is family discipleship. Our mission is to see the next generation transformed by the gospel, and we believe the ideal place for that to happen is in families and church communities where the good news about Jesus is faithfully taught to the next generation. If you are a mom, dad, or teacher in youth or children’s ministry, pull up a chair. This blog is for you.
Jared Kennedy, Co-Founder and Managing Editor
Jared is husband to Megan and father to Rachael, Lucy, and Elisabeth. He serves as Pastor of Operations and Families at Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville, Kentucky, as Children's and Family Ministry Strategist for the Sojourn Network, and as an adjunct instructor at Boyce College. He is author of The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible and co-author of the PROOF Pirates and Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet Vacation Bible School curriculums. Jared contributes to @TGC, @ERLC, and @HeReadsTruth. You can follow him on Twitter @jaredskennedy
Pat Aldridge, Co-Founder, Writer, and Friday Links Editor
Pat is husband to Cheryl, dad to Kate and Tom, and Community Life Pastor at Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois—the far west suburbs of Chicago. He likes reading, playing card games, most things sci-fi, and combining any of the three. You can follow him on Twitter @pataldridge
Zach Cochran (Posts coming soon!)
Zach serves as the Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries at College Park Church in Indianapolis, IN. He received a B.A. focused in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee at Martin and received his M.Div. from Southern Seminary. Zach has been serving in student ministry for the last 9 years and has a deep commitment to stepping into student’s world for the sake cultivated gospel impact where they live, what they do, and where they go. You can follow him and Twitter and Instagram @zachccochran
Joshua is a children’s minister in North Carolina and author of several books. His latest are the Heroes of the Bible Devotional, a 90-day children’s devotional, and One Year Devotions With Jesus, a 365-day devotional for pre-teens and teens. Both are published by Tyndale House. You can learn more about Joshua and his writing on his website, www.joshuacooleyauthor.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaCooley9
Mathew Gilbert is Associate Pastor for Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo, MS. He is a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathew and his wife, Erica, are Kentucky natives living in Tupelo with their three sons, Jude, Jack, and John. He blogs at https://matgilbert.wordpress.com/. Follow him on Twitter @Mat_Gilbert
Originally from Miami, Florida, Christina arrived in Louisville in 2015 to study at Southern Seminary and she quickly fell in love with Sojourn Community Church. She currently teaches music classes at Sayers Classical Academy. Christina studied music and elementary education at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She also previously lived in Serbia, where she tutored missionary children.
Jeremy is husband to Jessie and dad to three boys—Jack, Jude, and Joseph. He serves as pastor of Trinity Church in Columbia, MO, (@TrinityChurchMO.) a church plant affiliated with the Sojourn Network. He writes about spiritual formation, community, leadership, mission, sports, and culture at jslinneman.com. Follow him on Twitter @jslinneman
John is husband to Sarah and father of three girls—Waverly, Lucy, and Eleanor. He serves as Managing Editor for Austin Stone Resources after serving for 12 years as children's minister at the Austin Stone Community Church, a multi-campus church in Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @JohnMurk
Dr. Heath S. Rickmond is husband to Jackie and dad to Elias and Ansley. He holds his Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as Transitional Pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Salem, VA. Heath says, "I'm a justified beggar showing other beggars where to find bread. I'm a nerdy hero who wishes he was super."
Dottie and her husband, Stephen, are members at Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, a Sojourn Network Church in Augusta, GA, where she serves as Children’s Ministry Director. She is passionate about adoption and special needs and loves caring for her 3 children—Evangeline, Elijah and Branch.