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Griffith Earns Doctorate In Youth Ministries

Dr. Rich Griffith has completed his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree in Youth, Family, and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary. Now in his third year at TFC, he serves as Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry.  His dissertation was entitled, “Countering the Criminalization of Youth: A Denominational Strategy for Developing a Holistic Ecclesiastical Approach.”

Dr. Griffith also functions at TFC as the program director for the Youth Ministries major, where he teaches, advises future youth pastors, and sets goals for the program in the Ministry and Leadership Department. He serves as the Online Program Coordinator for the online ministry majors in the Department. Prior to coming to our campus, Dr. Griffith worked for twenty-four years a senior pastor and youth pastor in the United Methodist Church, in parachurch ministry, and as a chaplain assistant in the US Army. Rich is the father of two sons and the foster father of a third.

Dr. Brian Shelton, Provost of the College, remarks, “Rich has one of those great personalities that bring warmth and understanding to any ministry situation. His research on the criminalization of youth demonstrates how genuinely optimistic he is that the church and gospel can transform lives.”