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A global partnership...

In 2010, Dr. Eric Larsen founded NEXT, a global ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America tasked with developing and supporting missionaries and national partners, as well as their children, in the work of reaching the next generation.

A key component of this vision is the Next Institute, a global partnership of youth workers, academics, and institutions collaborating together to think deeply about the work of ministry to the emerging generations of our world. Because we believe young people are made in the image of God, and have the agency to affect their world now as well as in the future, we are not content entertaining or containing, but seek to apply the rich disciplines of theology, sociology, developmental psychology, cultural studies, and pedagogy to see the youth of our world flourish as followers of Jesus and bringers of restoration.

The Next Institute exists in educational institutions in the United States, Mexico, Scotland, Japan, and online at www.youthministrythinking.com.


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A graduate of Covenant College and Covenant Seminary, Danny Mitchell has served in student ministry for over 25 years as a camp director, youth pastor, and as the Coordinator of Family and Youth Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries. In 2016, Danny’s passion for outreach-oriented, multicultural youth ministry led him to become the Director of the Next Institute, which allows him to develop leaders in next-gen ministry around the world. He is married to Mary Pat, and they have two children.


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Stephen serves as Pastor to Students at Intown Community Church in Atlanta, GA, and is a visiting instructor at his alma mater, Covenant Theological Seminary. A student pastor for 13 years, and an associate with NEXT since 2011, he is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The best moments of his live involve playing board games with his wife, Krissi, and children Julianna and Judah.


Danny Kwon

Danny Kwon has been serving 27 years in ministry, 25 years leading the family and youth ministry at Yuong Sang Church. Along with his love for sports, eating, and making people laugh, he is married to Monica, a family and marriage counselor and faculty at CCEF/Westminster in Philadelphia. He completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, with his dissertation focusing on innovation theory and emerging intergenerational ministry paradigms. He is also speaker/trainer for The Youth Cartel, teaches as an adjunct professor at Biblical Seminary, and has authored three books "A Youth Worker's Field Guide to Parents: Understanding Parents of Teenagers" and Mission Tripping: A Comprehensive Guide to Short Term Missions (Book and Team Journal)


David Correa

David is the Director of Next Institute Mexico. He has been the Pastor of "Jesus" Presbyterian Church for over 20 years and has served in youth ministry for 30 years. He is a graduate of San Pablo Theological Seminary in Mérida, Yucatán, México where he serves as an associate Professor. He is also a graduate from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida where he received an M.A. in Biblical Studies, an M.Div. Equivalency and a Doctor of Ministry. David is married to the love of his life,  Grace and they have three boys: David, Abner and Joel, Besides his passion for youth ministry, David enjoys spending time with his family, reading and teaching God´s Word.


Eric Larsen


Eric and his wife Rebecca founded NEXT in 2008, a ministry of the PCA’s Mission to the World to care for missionary and third culture kids, as well as to train those who minister to the emerging generations worldwide. He has a doctorate in youth, family, and culture from Fuller Seminary and teaches on next-gen ministry around the world. His first book, MissionNext was published in 2017. He, Rebecca, and their four daughters live in St. Louis, MO.


Rebecca Giles

Rebecca serves as a Transition Specialist for NEXT, aiding third culture kids transition off of the mission field. A graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary (MA, Educational Ministries) and former missionary in Dublin, Ireland, she now also serves as an instructor, writer, and resource developer for the Next Institute.