Betsy A. Nesbit Wagner, PhD, LPC, NCC, Faculty Supervisor of the Young Adult Initiative
Dr. Betsy Nesbit Wagner has spent nearly 10 years researching, consulting, speaking, and writing on the topic of generational differences as components of culture. As a “cusper,” Betsy bridges the Millennial-Xer gap, passionately bringing voice and vision to what it means to engage each generation as its own culture. She has co-authored a book on the topic with Dr. Craig Blomberg titled, “Effective Generational Ministry.”
In addition to teaching counseling at Denver Seminary, Betsy maintains a counseling and consulting practice in Littleton, Colorado. In her consulting work, Betsy works with organizations, churches, and corporations across the country on topics of generational differences, identity development, and authentic living. She has also co-authored a counseling skills textbook titled, “Skills for Effective Counseling” with Drs. Heather & Fred Gingrich.
In her fleeting spare time, Betsy enjoys whiskey & wine tasting with her husband, Stephen, and rollerblading.
Halee Gray Scott, PhD, Director of the Young Adult Initiative
Halee is a former None passionate about learning how to reach those who are, like she once was, in spiritual darkness.
Halee is an author and social researcher who focuses on issues related to leadership and spiritual formation. Her writing has appeared in several outlets, including Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Christian Education Journal, Real Clear Religion, Relevant, and Books and Culture. Her book, Dare Mighty Things: Mapping the Challenges of Leadership for Christian Women (Zondervan, 2014) explores the challenges facing female Christian leaders in ministry. As an international speaker and consultant, Halee helps ministries and Christian organizations equip women for ministry. She is currently at work on a book exploring ways in which men and women can work effectively together in ministry.
In her spare time (what’s that?) she loves to run and to bake bread. She lives in Littleton, CO, with her husband, Paul, and their two daughters, Ellie and Viv. Soli deo gloria.
Along with his research at the Kaleo Project, Ryan Beerwinkle is pursuing an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. Ryan hopes to use his counseling degree to both offer better care for those inside and outside the church, and to further pursue the integration of Psychology and Theology in the church. After receiving a Bachelor in Theology from Ozark Christian College, Ryan spent the majority of the last 4 years working at church plants in Ventura California and Limerick Ireland as well as ministering here in the states. He has also invested significant portions of time volunteering in fundraising campaigns for Lifewater International. These campaigns included a backpacking trip across a portion of Australia and a 100 day run across the USA, helping raise over $140k for clean drinking water and basic sanitation projects.
Ryan believes in the Kaleo project ultimately because he believes in the local church and its roll connecting people to Jesus. The millennial generation is his generation. He thinks they have so much to offer the church. He is am excited to find better ways to help these people find their place in the family of God. Before starting grad school this fall, Ryan used to read for pleasure. Currently, in his spare time Ryan is shopping for a used Toyota (4wd 4runner or Tundra) in order to get deeper into the mountains to camp and fly fish with his wife, Kelli.
Vondae Donaldson is a first year student pursuing a Masters of Arts in Youth and Family Studies at Denver Seminary. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Vondae decided to step out on faith and commit to give Denver Seminary-Littleton a try. After all, the Youth and Family Studies Program falls in line with God's calling on Vondae’s life to help bridge the gap between youth, their families and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with a holistic approach. Looking at who we are as individuals, but also remembering our family roots and how those roots effect who we grow to be mind, body, and soul.
Vondae received her B.S. in Business Management (Entrepreneurship) from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Vondae dreams of starting a nonprofit, parachurch (faith based) organization focusing on college and career prep, community service, mentoring, and personal and family wholeness with emphasis on the effects of traumatic experiences. Vondae enjoys meeting new people, traveling, and working with children and youth.