Welcome to Gospel Centered Family. Our contributors all work in ministry with kids, students, and their families. It began with three of us--Jeff, Pat, and Jared. We first met in 2008 at a children’s ministry conference, and we soon became friends. Since that time, we’ve made excuses to get together, talk shop, and learn from one another as often as our schedules allow.

This blog is your chance to listen in on what our conversations are like when we hang out together at a pub or local coffee shop. The focus of the blog is family discipleship. Our mission is to see the next generation transformed by the gospel, and we believe the ideal place for that to happen is in families and church communities where the good news about Jesus is faithfully taught to the next generation. We write here about parenting, family ministry, and leadership. If you are a mom, dad, or teacher in youth or children’s ministry pull up a chair. This blog is for you.

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Pat Aldridge

I am husband to Cheryl, dad to Kate and Tom, and Community Life Pastor at Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois—the far west suburbs of Chicago. I like reading, playing card games, most things sci-fi, and combining any of the three. You can follow me on Twitter: @pataldridge


Jeff Hutchings

I am husband to Amber and father to Andrew, Josie and Ben. I serve as Pastor of Connections at The Journey - Tower Grove in St. Louis, Missouri. I love St. Louis Cardinals baseball and playing legos. You can follow me on Twitter @JeffHutchings

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Jared Kennedy

I am the husband to Megan and the father of three girls--Rachael, Lucy, and Elisabeth. I serve as Pastor of Families at Sojourn Community Church--Midtown in Louisville, Kentucky. I also serve as a Children's and Family Ministry Strategist for Sojourn Network and as an adjunct professor at Boyce College. I am the author of the Beginner's Gospel Story Bibleco-author of the PROOF Pirates Vacation Bible School and co-writer of Leadership Mosaic. You can follow me on Twitter: @jaredskennedy