Contact Marv Penner

Marv Penner

Adjunct Faculty

D.Phil (Oxford Graduate School), MA (Grace Theological Seminary), RCC (BC Association of Clinical Counselors)



Marv is the Executive Director of The Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence, a unique apprenticeship based vocational ministry training program and the Canadian Adolescent Pulse Network, a research based think tank that helps youth workers understand and respond to the needs of contemporary  teens. He is a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors and has over two decdes of experience working with youth and families. 


Areas of Expertise

  • Issues in Adolescent Development
  • Counseling Adolescents and Their Families
  • Youth Ministry Methods


Select Publications

Selected Publications:


“Adoptive Youth Ministry” (Welcoming Broken and Wounded Young People into the Family). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015

“Building and Mobilizing Teams”.  Cincinnati: Standard Publishing. 2009.

“Hope and Healing for Kids who Cut”:Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2007.

“Help, My Kids are Hurting”:Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2005.

“Help!  There's a Teenager in my House”: Downers Grove, IL, InterVarsity Press, 2005

“Youth Workers Guide to Parent Ministry”: Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2003.

“Starting Right; Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry”. (Acting Wisely: Counseling and Crisis). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2001.

“Creative Bible Lessons in I and II Corinthians.” Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 1999. (translated into Spanish – 2004)

“Teen Devotional Bible.” (sidebars, devotionals and editorial contributions) Grand Rapids,MI: Zondervan. 1999.

“God’s Word for Students.” (sidebars, devotionals and editorial contributions) Grand Rapids,MI: World Publishing. 1996.

“Parent Pains”. Elgin, IL: David C. Cook, 1993


Numerous articles in magazines and journals related to Youth/Family Ministry, including Group Magazine, Youth Worker Journal, Journal of Youth Ministry, etc.