Introducing Brian Aaby
We are so excited to introduce you to our newest YS team member, Brian Aaby! He’s a youth ministry veteran hailing from Seattle who will lead the way on two new YS initiatives—YS Coaching and YS Search, both of which are launching soon. In the meantime, I cornered Brian to answer a few questions so that you can know a little more about him.
How long have you been connected with YS?
(Brian) I have known YS for over 20 years, starting with using ideas from their Ideas Library when I began as a youth pastor at age 19. I participated in many YS events, including numerous YS Core, One Day and of course NYWC (even ran-camera as a volunteer in 1999 when our budget would allow me to get to NYWC). I have spoken at NYWC and YS Team Trainings as well.
What is your favorite thing about working with youth pastors?
(Brian) I love connecting the dots and helping others. I was the recipient of a great network right out of college and networking has always been a source of life for me. Because I am a strategic thinker, the relationships formed through local networks often led to informal consulting and coaching opportunities. I absolutely love collaborative environments and helping others discover how (and where) they can best use their gifts/skills.
As God has blessed me with friendships across the nation, I have had the opportunity to work with many churches now and as much as I love working with youth pastors, I love helping churches discover their uniqueness as well. The best part of this job is the opportunity to work with both the youth pastors and the church to help create the best-fit environment.
What are your favorite things outside of youth ministry?
(Brian) I love spending time with my wife and three kids (12 and 10 year-old daughters and 6 year-old son). I mountain bike in an attempt to stay in shape, and I love watching and going to sporting events (I think I've been to 18 of the major league ballparks). Coffee is a must as well.
You’ll start to see much more of Brian as we officially launch YS Coaching and YS Search in the near future. Keep your eyes out for more info soon!