NextGen Ministries




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Our Vision & Mission

Our Vision: We believe that by providing leadership development opportunities through trainings, events and paid internships we can provide young adults with the tools to grow, learn and gain ministry experience as they seek to pursue God’s Call on their life.

Our Mission: Developing mature and confident young leaders through mentoring and hands-on ministry opportunities in local churches.


Meet the NextGen Team


Carissa Ressler

Director of NextGen Ministries

Hey! Nice to meet you! I am a mom, wife, small business owner and the Director of NextGen Ministries for the BIC Atlantic Conference. I love hiking, painting, encouraging other people, all things music, fresh air, movies that make me feel something, raw community and traveling. I have been working/volunteering in the Brethren in Christ Church since I was in high school and absolutely love seeing how God brings the body of Christ together through service, organizations and circumstance. That is what brought me to NextGen.

I was a NextGen intern 3x in 3+ different locations and gained wisdom, knowledge of myself, different experiences and an appreciation for those that choose to serve God through vocational ministry or volunteering in ministry. I want to empower young leaders to explore the body of Christ in a different context and seek to understand how they fit in it as they grow, are mentored and gain experience through our programs!

I am always available to chat or grab coffee.

Dustin Sauder

Pastor @ Manheim BIC

It's been my experience that most pastors in my shoes have had the grace filled privilege of someone older and wiser taking a chance on us at some point well before we were ready!

So I'm all in on Next Gen! I think this is an incredible opportunity for the next generation of pastors, worship leaders, youth leaders, children's directors and more.  

Justin Douglas

Pastor @ The Bridge Church

"I am passionate about seeing the next generation plugged into the local church and empowered to serve in ways they've been gifted and called. As a Pastor I guide young people where I have the opportunity, but being a part of Next Generation BIC gives me more opportunities to encourage, support, and lead alongside others who are passionate about equipping young adults for ministry."