Jeff Smith is the founder and director of DiscipleTrips. On September 1st, 2015, Jeff stepped aside from his service as University Minister of the Sunset Church of Christ, where he has served as a student minister for the past 20 years, in order to lead this ministry full time. Jeff comes from a missionary family that served in Africa, Eastern Europe and Wyoming. He began his work in youth ministry in 1986 and has degrees from Sunset International Bible Institute and Rochester College (formerly Michigan Christian). He married his childhood sweetheart, Stacy, in 1981 and has two adult children and four precious grandchildren. Jeff has been on numerous mission trips and has led many groups to Mexico, Honduras, Antigua, Belize, California and Louisiana for more than 25 years.
In 2010, Jeff began to combine his experience with youth and his passion for missions into a wonderful organization we call DiscipleTrips. This is the realization of a dream that began when he wanted to take his youth group on a mission, but found there were very few resources available to help youth ministers, students and youth groups experience the transformational power of a short term mission trip. Though the idea for such an organization was needed, Jeff quickly realized he was too young to begin such an enterprise. Now, 25 years later, Jeff humbly believes the time is right to provide the necessary resources and opportunities for our youth to have a first hand experience in "faith taking flight."
Ray Young is an instructor at Sunset International Bible Institute and pulpit minister at the Westside Church of Christ in Seminole, Texas. Ray graduated from Sunset International Bible Institute in 1991, Lubbock Christian University in 1994 and 2002. He has served churches as a preacher and youth minister for the last 24 years. Ray and Sonya married in 1987 and have two daughters. Ray has been on mission trips and taken groups to Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Rhode Island and North Carolina. Ray speaks at many youth rallies, meetings and conferences each year.
Ray is thrilled to be part of the DiscipleTrips team. He knows firsthand the blessings that come from serving the Lord in foreign places. Ray wants as many young people as possible to have the opportunity to experience this blessing.
Ray invites you to join us on a real life changing experience. Let your faith take flight and gain velocity!
DiscipleTrips is a ministry under the oversight of the Sunset International Bible Institute (SIBI) in Lubbock and works in partnership with Adventures in Missions (AIM). DiscipleTrips is the vision of Jeff Smith, who realized the need for churches of Christ to make it possible for high school students and adults to have the life changing opportunity of short-term mission trips.
The partnership of SIBI, AIM and the Sunset Church of Christ provide the perfect environment for DiscipleTrips to fulfill its mission.