About Youth Leadership Initiative

Few things are as important as pouring into the lives of those who will lead our congregations in the years ahead. Pepperdine University has long been committed to raising up the next generation of Christian leaders, but this year marks the launch of a special division of the Church Relations office dedicated to that task.

Jeff Walling

Jeff Walling, serves as the founding director of the Youth Leadership Initiative. Through events, online training, and focused mentoring of young leaders, this new project will bless churches all across the country as it connects Christian teens with Pepperdine.

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 Cathryn Walling have three sons and a daughter-in-law: Taylor and Courtney, Riley, and Spencer.