Meghan Hatcher

Innovation Laboratory Director

Meghan holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Science in Sustainable Development and Applied Sociology from the University of Missouri, and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. The thread that runs throughout Meghan’s academic and professional experiences is the power of story to knit communities together around a collective vision. Prior to joining CYMT, Meghan served as the pastor of community engagement at a progressive church in East Austin, spent years serving in youth ministry, and helped plant a church in the D.C., metro area. She has a passion for reaching young people, revitalizing churches and helping all people find their place in God’s Big Story. Meghan lives in Austin with her husband Corey, and loves cooking, creative writing, running and practicing yoga.

Meghan’s Work At CYMT

I implement the Innovation Laboratory with partner churches, coach participants through the Theological Innovation Process, and help develop and disseminate resources related to the Lab’s learnings.

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Dietrich Kirk

CYMT Executive Director

“Deech” Kirk has been in youth ministry for 20+ years. He served as the youth minister of Brentwood United Methodist Church for six years before becoming the Executive Director of the CYMT in 2006. He continues to serve as one of Brentwood’s associate ministers. He is the author of Raising Teens in an Almost Christian World: A Parent’s Guide and one of the co-authors of Now What? Next Steps in Your New Life with Christ. When he is not leading the CYMT, speaking at youth events, or training other youth workers, Deech enjoys spending time with his wife Keeley and daughters Carlisle and Hallie.

Andrew Zirschky

Laboratory Chief Strategist

Andrew holds a M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He oversees the development of the CYMT academic program and holds a faculty position in practical theology and youth ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary. He has 20 years of ministry experience as a youth and college minister at churches in Idaho, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He has also been named a Timothy Scholar by the United Methodist Foundation for Evangelism based upon his research emphasis in youth and young adult ministry.

Lindsay Brooks

CYMT Event Operations Manager

Lindsay holds a Master of Arts in Religion with a focus in Youth Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with a focus in Economics and Political Science from Clemson University.  Lindsay is a graduate of the CYMT Graduate Residency.  She served in student ministry for 12 years, 9 years at Brentwood UMC in Tennessee, and 3 years at Northbrook UMC in Georgia.