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The Youth & Family Institute Origins

The Youth & Family Institute was founded on January 22, 1987, The Center For Youth and Family Ministry in memory of David Huglen Strommen, one of the sons of Dr. Mert and Irene Strommen. David’s life was tragically ended at the age of 25 when he was hit by lightning while leading a high school youth group outing in the mountains of Colorado. At the time of his death, David was a student at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Strommen family had a dream of developing a center to nurture youth and family ministry, to create critically needed new approaches to youth and family ministry, and to train and equip leadership for this ministry.

The vision of the Strommen family was to take the best of research, put it in a strong academic setting, surround it with the strength and foundation of a theology of the cross, and instill an evangelical spirit of ministry to help congregations strengthen families to nurture faith. Because Dr. Strommen was an Augsburg College grad, he found the first home for the Center for Youth and Family Ministry on the campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.…

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