Rev. Dr. Andrew Root 

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Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. A former Young Life staff worker, he has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counselor. Dr. Root was the keynote speaker for the 2012 Oasis Regional Christian Education Conference in Kansas City.

He is the author of The Relational Pastor (IVP, 2013) as well as a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry (titles include Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry, and Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry).  He is also the author of the 2012 Christianity Today Book of Merit award for The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, IVP, 2011).  His other books include The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being (Baker Academic, 2010), The Promise of Despair (Abingdon, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009).  

He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs Kirby and Kimmel. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.