John Gilbert

John came to YCA in 2009 from a background in church administration, religious education, missionary service, and teaching. He has an MRE (Master of Religious Education) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a BS and MS in physics from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Leaving an almost completed Ph.D. in physics at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, John has served churches as a Minister of Education, Executive Pastor, and Administrative Pastor.

During his missionary service, John directed the supervised ministry program at the Temuco Theological Institute in Temuco, Chile, and served one year as the interim director of the institute. He traveled throughout Chile leading workshops in church administration and church growth. He served as a church growth consultant working with local churches, associations, and the national convention in gathering and interpreting church growth data and teaching church growth principles with a vision toward better strategic planning.

Working with the International Mission Board, SBC, John led the Global Research office in the study of the status of evangelization of the peoples of the world. The focus of his work was merging missions research and technology into strategic planning tools for the IMB.

Prior to entering the ministry, John taught physics at Eastern Kentucky University and did research in molecular spectroscopy at the Arnold Engineering Development Center. He was ordained to the ministry in 1978 by the First Baptist Church of Manchester, TN.

John's desire is to see that families at YCA are impacted by the message of Christ, and that students are equipped to live out the calling that God places on their lives.

John also serves the South Texas Council, Boy Scouts of America, as a member of the Council Executive Board. He is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow, has the God and Country Award, and has worked at four council summer camps and one regional canoe base. He has served as a Wood Badge course director and is a Silver Beaver recipient. He is actively involved with Pack 226, Troop 226, and Troop 356; and teaches basic training and outdoor skills for Scoutmasters. He is also a certified instructor in archery, pistol, black powder rifle, and Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics.

For more information on John, visit his family website