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Jay L. Sedwick

Department Chair and Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership

BS, Pennsylvania State University, 1984; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1989; MA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1996; PhD, 2003.

Dr. Sedwick has over forty years of youth ministry experience combined with twenty-two years of faculty service. He serves on the board of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators and has served as president of the board for the Society of Professors in Christian Education. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for World Link Ministries, an evangelistic, church planting, and pastoral training ministry around the world. An ordained minister who teaches youth at a large Dallas-area church, Dr. Sedwick is also a popular conference and seminar speaker. His research and teaching interests include youth development, youth culture, biblical education for youth, curriculum design, and legal and financial issues in ministry.

Courses Taught

  • EML5101 - Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership
  • EML5210 - Curriculum Design
  • EML5325 - Legal & Financial Issues in Ministry
  • EML5401 - Age-level Ministries
  • EML5415 - Effective Ministry with Youth
  • EML5430 - Strategies for Youth and Young Adult Ministries
  • EML5445 - Effective Ministry with Young Adults
  • EML5615 - Applied Skills for Ministry Staff
  • EML5620 - Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
  • DM7103 - Applied Research Project


Academic Interests

Youth ministry
Legal/financial issues
Learning theory
Curriculum design

Personal Interests

Watching my children play sports


DTS Voice Videos

Cultural Engagement: Ministry in a #MeToo Culture
Emerging Adolescence and the Church
Youth Week Overview
Reaching Millennials in a Shifting World
Understanding Millennials in a Shifting World
Chapel: Emerging Adolescence and the Church
Ministering to 13 to 34 year olds
How Emerging Adulthood Affects the Church
The Grooming Process of Sexual Abusers
Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse at Church
Emerging Adolescence and the Church
God is in Control
Faculty Forum: Representing Christ in a Pluralistic World

Journal Articles

  • "To Release or Not to Release." Morf (7). 2013. 4.
  • "Many Students, Many Methods: Teaching to Connect with Kids' Various Learning Styles." YouthWorker Journal (28:4). 2012. 41.
  • "Heteroflexible: The Katy Perry Phenomenon." The Naked Truth-The New Sexuality in Youth Ministry (74). 2008. 10-11.
  • "Teaching Students Today." Leading Student Ministry 2007. 32-34.
  • "Learning Styles: Helping Students Shine." Leading Student Ministry 2006. 28-31.
  • "Cheating: Anything Can Be Done." Leading Student Ministry 2006. 26-29.
  • "The Bible on Jesus: Lesson 1." Christ: The Basis of Faith 2005.
  • "Jesus Loves Me This I Know: Lesson 39." Christ: The Basis of Faith 2005.
  • "Surprise Converts: Lesson 40." Christ: The Basis of Faith 2005.
  • "A Comparison of Three Data Collection Survey Modes among Southern Baptist Youth Workers: Group-Administered, E-Mail/Web, and Mail." Journal of Youth Ministry 2004. 35-46.
  • "Body Art." Youth Ministry Update 1998. 1-2.
  • "Interview—The Future is Now: Youth Ministers on the Potential and Place of Students in the Church." Worship Leader 1997. 30-33.