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Youth Leadership Initiative Staff


Jeff Walling

Jeff Walling serves as the founding director of the Youth Leadership Initiative. 

Jeff is a nationally recognized public speaker who addresses over 65,000 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.

He has served churches in Orange County, California for over 20 years, and most recently as the preaching minister of the Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1997 before stepping into his role at Pepperdine in 2014.

Jeff and his wife Cathryn have three married sons: Taylor and Courtney, with son Finn; Riley and Megan; Spencer and Gabby.


(310) 506-7109


Julia Trias

Julia Trias is the program coordinator for Youth Leadership Initiative.

A Southern California native, Julia is a Seaver College alumna, with a degree in business administration and minor in nonprofit management.


(310) 506-7619