Arek O’Connell is a California native who currently serves as an ordained high school and young adult youth pastor at Hillside Community Church in Grand Rapids, MI where he lives with his wife Jamie and two daughters. Arek holds an M. Div. from Western Theological Seminary, but he’s still just a big kid at heart. Arek loves spending time with family and friends and will talk to you about football, specifically the Raiders, for hours if you want to. Join him as he chats with Tucker about building a philosophy of youth ministry to guide you for years of fruitful ministry.
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