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Dr. Steven Gerali is an author, speaker, professor and counselor. He is globally recognized as an expert in the fields of Adolescence, Youth Ministry and Mentoring.

Gerali holds two doctorates (D.Phil.;DLitt) from Oxford Graduate School, U.S.A. in Religion & Societal Studies/Counseling Psychology and his Masters degree (M.Ed.) in Counseling Psychology with specialties in Adolescent Development & Disorders from Loyola University, Chicago. Dr. Gerali also did post-doctoral work in Sexuality/Sexual development and dysfunctions at Loyola Stritch Medical Center, Chicago. He formerly served as the Chair of the Department of Youth Ministries/Adolescent Studies at Judson College in Elgin, IL.; Founder & Director of the International Center for Youth Ministry (ICMA), Elgin, IL.; the Director of Graduate Studies in Youth Ministry at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard IL. Most recently he served as Professor of Youth Ministry/Practical Theology and Director of the undergraduate degree program in Youth Ministry at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.

Steve is published many times, his latest books include The Struggle (2001); How to Stay Christian in High School (2004); Teenage Guys: Exploring the Issues that Teenage Guys Face and the Strategies to Help Them, (2006). He released a series of six books in 2009-2010 for parents and youth workers on critical issues that teenagers face, entitled What Do I Do When Teenagers. . . His newest book, The Crest: Book 1 in The Mentor Chronicles (2011) a theologically themed, fantasy novel about mentoring “kingdom character” in young people, is being hailed as the Narnia for a post modern generation.

Dr Gerali also wrote a regular column in Youthworker Journal entitled Renovatus.  He has conducted continuing education seminars at and workshops for organizations such as Youth for Christ, International; Compassion International; the U.S. Military, professional Sports & Athletic organizations; Public school districts and private schools throughout the US, and Youth Specialties. Steve serves as a lecturer in Youth Ministry for 6 North American Colleges and Seminaries and has trained youth workers and/or worked with students in over 20 countries. His wit, understanding of teenagers and culture have positioned “Dr. G” or “Doc” (as many of his students refer to him) to speak to High School and Junior High students, as well as youth workers and parents, world-wide.

Prior to his work in academia Steve served for over 25 years as Pastor of Student Ministries in various churches including Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, IL.; Trinity Bible Church, Phoenix, AZ.; and, Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL. He presently serves as a “volunteer” in the youth ministry at his local church Glendora Community Church where his daughter Andrea, is one of the youth pastors.

Steve and his wife Jan live in Southern California and are now “empty nesters”. Their daughter, Andrea and her husband Matt; and their daughter Alison also reside nearby in Southern California.

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Steve and his wife Jan live in Southern California and are now “empty nesters”. Their daughter, Andrea and her husband Matt; and their daughter Alison also reside nearby in Southern California.


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