Dr. Mike Severe

Michael Severe

Associate Professor and Program Director of Christian Ministries

Office Location: Reade 134
Phone: (765) 998-5149
Email: mcsevere@taylor.edu

Specialties: discipleship, educational philosophy, youth ministry


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Mike Severe

Taylor University
236 W. Reade Ave,
Upland, IN 46989



Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

Ph.D. Education Nov 2008


Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL

M.A. Educational Ministries, May 2004


Multnomah Bible College, Portland, OR

B.S. double major Youth Ministries and Bible/Theology, May 1999

Delta Epsilon Chi and Who’s Who awards 


Sonlife Classic Regional Coordinator and Cadre Ministries International, IL

Sonlife and Cadre certified trainer. Strategies, Encounter, Expansions, Foundations, Healthy Church, Advanced I and II. Also Evangelism is Relationships and Belief Basics curriculum development.


Everett Community College, Everett, WA

Completed requirements for A.A.S. in Computer Sciences, June 1995



Taylor University, August 2011 --Present

Assistant professor of Christian Education


Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa, GA, January 2009 – August 2011

Assistant professor of Christian Education


North Park Seminary, Chicago, IL, August 2007 – December 2007

Visiting professor: Teaching Foundations of Youth Ministry at the Seminary/Graduate level


Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Teology, Kenya, August 2007

Taught Education and Ministry modular course for graduate students


Trinity Interational University, Deerfield, IL, March 2007 – May 2008

Visiting professor in Christian Education at College (Spring 08) and Teaching aide for Dr. Perry Downs in Seminary (Spring 07)


First Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, IL, 2000 – August 2008

Position: Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Responsible for creation of a holistic ministry to youth and parents. Direct oversight of all program aspects. Creation and supervising of Student Ministry Intern Program. Began first long term youth program at church. Provide direction and oversight to Christian Education Committee, children’s programs, VBS, small groups and discipleship ministries. Integrated youth into ministry positions in church body. Implemented first international mission program and trips for youth and adults.

Accomplishments include:

  • Organized and led outreaches, camps and other activities with over 800 students
  • Director of Illinois State Youth Fellowship Senior high winter camp
  • Regular coaching/training of Illinois churches in student and educational ministries
  • Consulting work has launched several sustained new youth ministries and networks
  • Designed and facilitated camps in U.S., Central America and Europe

Western Seminary, Portland, OR , May 2004

Visiting professor: Taught Spiritual Formation of Youth modular for Seminary Students


Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL, 1999-2000

Position: Research assistant and Teaching aide for Dr. David Setran and Dr. Scottie May

Responsible for research, classroom and administrative aspects in Educational Ministries Department


Powellhurst Baptist Church, Portland, OR, 1996-1999

Position: Junior High Youth Pastor

Responsible for all aspects of an urban junior high youth program: evangelized; trained staff; discipled youth; led worship; administered events and camps.  Developed lesson plans and curriculum for both Sunday school and talks during youth group.  Created and discipled youth ministry team and trained staff on a weekly basis, preached to congregation, and integrated camping, multimedia, small group, one-on-one and other methodologies into ministry. Also performed regular responsibilities in High school ministry.

Accomplishments include:

  • Worked with urban youth involved in gangs and drugs
  • Dramatic attendance increase in both Sunday school and youth group
  • Planned and organized multiple, church-wide community outreaches, camps and Vacation Bible Schools with over 500 participants in each
  • Organized and directed summer youth mission trip and community outreaches
  • Developed material, directed and led small group Bible studies
  • Planned and led entire worship services with both adults and youth


Multnomah Bible College, Portland, OR, 1997-1999

Position: Youth Ministries Program Coordinator and Teaching Assistant

Responsible for all paperwork and program details of the largest, at the time, undergraduate youth ministries major in America.  Worked daily with the director of the program in teaching classes, counseling and discipling college students, communicating with youth pastors and youth organizations, curriculum revision, preparing the college and seminary for regional accreditation and performing youth and education related research for publishing. 

Accomplishments Include:

  • Helped develop, plan, administrate, grant write and coach CREDO: Multnomah’s Student Theology Venture, a program aimed at mature, late adolescents and funded in part by the Lily Foundation, Inc.
  • Marketed and organized NEXT STEP programs to train high school youth on theological issues
  • Preformed extensive research into youth, college and learning related topics to be used in Dr. Patty’s articles and books
  • Facilitated, administrated and hosted on-campus Sonlife Strategies for training youth pastors and S.E.M.P 2000 program in the Northwest



Rural Youth Ministry Teams with Pro-Youth, Portland, OR, 1996-1997

Position: Team Leader

Trained with Tom Horton, a youth ministry and camping veteran of twenty-seven years.  Developed partnerships between rural churches and large urban and suburban churches.  Held responsibilities of connecting churches, giving talks, worship leadership, counseling youth and overseeing team. Led  unsupervised teams for outreach to rural churches and youth. Planned and led entire outreach events.


McDonalds Corporation, 1991-1997

Position: Head Store Manager Trainee

Responsible for all aspects of a multi-million dollar restaurant.  Supervised more than one hundred-twenty employees.  Oversaw hiring and training of managers and employees.

  • Employee of the year 1993.  Manager of the year 1995
  • Repeatedly set district records for speed, sales and profitability



Most areas of Education, Christian Education and Ministry. For example: Human growth and Development, Organizational Development, Culture and Conflict, Leadership, Ministry Philosophy, Communication with Youth, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, Family Ministry, Youth Culture, Educational Psychology, Social Science Research, Experiential learning, Urban and Rural Youth Ministry, Curriculum and Program Development, and Evangelism.



“A Review of Freedom of the Self by Jeffery F. Keuss” Severe, Michael K. in The Journal of Youth Ministry. Accepted for Spring (2012).

 “A Review of Grounded in the Gospel by J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett” Severe, Michael K. in The Journal of Youth Ministry. Accepted for Spring (2011).

“Evaluation is the Steering Wheel: The Intersection between Philosophy and Practice in Youth Ministry.” Severe, Michael K. Oct 22, (2010), Presentation of original research at the North American Professors of Christian Education conference.

“Catching the Wrong Fish: Evaluation Drives Ministry Practice.” Severe, Michael K. Oct 23, (2010), Presentation of original research at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators conference.

“Teaching that Transforms: How to Reach HEAD, HEART and HANDS” Severe, Mike. (2010) YouthWorker Journal 26 no.5: 32-34.

“Epistemological Assumptions in Evaluation: The Intersection Between Philosophy and Practice of Youth Ministry” by Severe, Michael K. (2010) in Christian Education Journal 7 no.1: 6-29.

“A Review of Desiring the Kingdom by Christian Smith” Severe, Michael K. in The Journal of Youth Ministry. Spring (2010).

“Evaluation Is the Steering Wheel: Helping Your Ministry Fulfill Its Purpose” Severe, Michael K.. July (2009) Conservative Baptist E-Central Newsletter.

“The New Adolescent: The Church’s Role in Engaging the Digital Teen” Severe, Michael K. Feb 27, (2009), Presentation of original research at the American Evangelicalism Conference.

“Transformative Education and Identity Achievement in the Church” Severe, Michael K. Oct 18, (2008), Presentation of original research at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators conference.

“Transformative Education and Identity Achievement in the Church” (2008) Severe, Michael K. Common Ground Journal 5 no.2: Spring.

“A review of The forgotten ways,” Severe, Michael K., in The Journal of Youth Ministry Spring (2008).

“A review of Left behind in a mega church world,” Severe, Michael K., in The Journal of Youth Ministry Spring (2007).

“The Pac-Man Syndrome: The Missing Congruence of Philosophy and Practice in Youth Ministry,” Severe, Michael K., The Journal of Youth Ministry Spring 2006, 75-104. 

“Creating Congruence of Philosophy and Practice in Youth Ministry,” Severe, Michael K., Oct 23, (2004), Presentation of original research at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators conference.



North American Professors of Christian Education, 2003-present

Association of Youth Ministry Educators, Board member, 2003-present

National Network of Youth Ministries, Area Network Coordinator, 2002-present

International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry, 2007-2011

Youth Ministers of Ottawa, Coordinator, 2000-2008

State Youth Fellowship of Illinois, Vice President, 2000-2008

Ottawa Area Character Counts Coalition, 2004-2008

Illinois Tri-County Juvenile Justice Council, 2004-2008



A 10 year, mixed methodology, longitudinal study of youth ministry graduates. We have just completed the first year and will be creating reports every three years for the Journal of Youth ministry and Group Magazine.

Impact of views of the Imago Dei on teaching methodology.  Precedent literature study complete. Currently designing methodology for the study.

Encounter: Engaging God, Word and Culture. A student leadership training for High school students and ministers. Projected: Fall 2012