We at YS want to acknowledge Paul Fleischmann and his dedication to youth ministry.
Paul Fleischmann co-founded the National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) in 1981 and served as its president until 2011. Since then he is employed at NNYM as President Emeritus. Previously, Paul served for 20 years with Campus Crusade for Christ’s High School Ministry (Student Venture), working with students locally and then nationally, serving as the director of a ministry to local church youth pastors. He got his start in youth ministry as a part-time youth pastor and later as a staff intern with Youth for Christ.
Paul earned his bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and his Master of Divinity from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. His book, Discipling the Young Person, won the Gold Medallion award.
For 30 years, Paul has been the lead partner in forming and guiding the National Network of Youth Ministries – uniting youth workers, churches and national ministries to reach teenagers for Christ. This coalition represents 100,000 churches, 250,000 youth workers, and over 3 million teenagers. He also is a founding organizer of See You at the Pole, the Campus Alliance, and the Youth Ministry Executive Council. He serves on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Prayer Committee, Mission America and as a former elder in his church (Emmanuel Faith Community Church, Escondido, CA). Paul is the Vice Chair of an international youth ministry network, the World Evangelical Alliance Youth Commission, and serves on the North American Steering Committee of the 4 to 14 Window Movement.
He and his wife Toni live in San Diego, California and have two adult sons and two grandchildren.