Pepperdine University has named Jeff Walling as the founding director of the Youth Leadership Initiative, a program designed to encourage young Christian men and women to discover and develop their leadership skills in order to strengthen their faith, succeed in their careers, and advance the mission of the Kingdom of God.
Walling is a nationally recognized public speaker who addresses over 65 thousand teens each year throughout the world. Using humor and audience participation, Jeff connects with young people at a personal level, drawing them closer to Christ.
Walling has served as the preaching minister of the Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, NC since 1997. He and his family are no strangers to California. Prior to his current role, Jeff served churches in Orange County, CA, for over 20 years.
Jeff and Cathryn Walling have three sons and a daughter in law: Taylor and Courtney Walling, both graduates of Oklahoma Christian University, now living in Charlotte, NC; Riley Walling, a graduate of Harding University, now living in Porter Ranch, CA; and Spencer Walling, a student at Harding University.
Jeff and Cathryn will move to Malibu in the summer of 2014 to begin work at Pepperdine on September 1.
Jeff will join the Church Relations team at Pepperdine, working along side Mike Cope, director of ministry outreach and the director of the annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures and Rick Gibson, Vice President for Public Affairs and Church Relations.