Chad Senuta is Interim Youth Consultant

March 08, 2012

Bishop Jeff Lee today announced that the diocese has hired Chad Senuta, former youth missioner of the Diocese of Kansas, to work on an interim basis to coordinate upcoming events for young people and collaborate with Director of Ministries Jim Steen and others to design the future program. The Diocese of Chicago expects to post the position for a permanent staff person to oversee youth and young adult ministries in about six months.

“Chad is an experienced, innovative leader with a record of establishing broad-based programs for young people, and we are delighted that he will guide our program through a period of transition, as we seek new ways to energize our ministry with youth and young adults on the diocesan and congregational level,” Bishop Lee said.

Senuta led the diocesan youth program in the Diocese of Kansas from 2002 until December 2011, when his wife, the Rev. Lisa Senuta, was called as rector of St. James the Less Church in Northfield, IL.

During his ministry in Kansas Senuta wrote and published the curriculum for Miqra, a Bible-reading program for youth, now widely used in the church. He also expanded and enhanced several programs including Happening, summer camp and MissionPalooza, an urban-ministry experience.

Senuta established the New Beginnings weekend for middle school students and the Fall Fun Fest, which encouraged youth to invite friends to learn more about the diocesan youth ministry program. Much of his time was spent providing leadership to congregational clergy and laity for strengthening their own youth ministries.

He supervised 15 to 20 high school students who served each year as diocesan peer ministers, and established a youth ministry summer intern program that helped college students develop hands-on skills in leading parish youth programs.

“Chad’s experience in equipping congregational clergy and laity to strengthen their own youth ministries will help the Diocese of Chicago design a youth program with broad leadership and participation that will reach more young people from more congregations and backgrounds,” said Steen.

At his departure from the Diocese of Kansas, Bishop Dean Wolfe said: “If all the young people who have been affected by Chad’s ministry over the past ten years were here, this cathedral couldn’t contain them all.”

Senuta holds a certificate in youth ministry from the Seminary of the Southwest. Before becoming a youth minister, he was a high school English teacher. He and Lisa live in Northfield with their daughters, Bethany and Mabel.

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