Transition One exists to equip this generation to lead fearlessly, love people endlessly, and pursue God unconditionally.
We do this by being dedicated to success in four areas:
Discover your passions, better understand your strengths and weaknesses, and discover who God has made you to be.
Build relationship with fellow students whose goals and values match yours. Learn more about team building and what it takes to be an effective leader.
Step out of your comfort zone and spend three months overseas serving and making a real change in the world.
Become deeper and stronger in your relationship with God. Grow in your understanding of the Bible and the basics of Christian theology.
MEET THE STAFF
Joe has been in ministry since 1970 in a variety of ways such as music, missions, evangelism, pastor, author, and teacher. He spent eleven years as a missionary in Europe, India, and the Philippines before coming back to the States. Before moving to Green Bay, Joe was the director for Youth with a Mission’s Discipleship Training School in El Paso, Texas as well as the director for missions teams in Scandinavia, Italy, and the Philippines. He has been on pastoral staff at Celebration Church since 2009 and has been the director of Transition One since the program began in 2015. Joe married his wife Kate in 2018 and has three grown children.
Transition One Intern
Elizabeth joined the Transition One team in 2016. Before that, she attended and interned for a gap year program in Rockford, Illinois. Elizabeth is passionate about discipleship and strives to help each student discover who God has created them to be. She serves as the assistant director and takes primary responsibility for the second-year program of Transition One. Elizabeth married her husband Ben in the summer of 2018.
Transition One Intern
Gaston (Parker) graduated from Transition One, class of 2019, having now joined the team as an intern of the program. During his year, he served as a youth group leader of children in 5th through 12 grade, in both Green Bay, as well as in Rustenburg, South Africa, where he spent his 3-month mission trip. Gaston is passionate about teaching and leading people to find the hope and peace in Jesus Christ. He serves as Assistant Instructor and will be a leader of the class of 2020’s Transition One students. Gaston is working toward a carrier in ministry with the goal of seeing people come to Christ and to grow in their faith.
I think that Transition One was an amazing decision for me. After high school, I did not feel prepared to take on college, despite my grades showing that I was certainly capable. T1 afforded me the opportunity to meet some amazing people and grow stronger in my faith than I thought would have been possible. I am more ready for college than I could have imagined because I can say for certain that Jesus is my Savior, and my position in faith cannot be shaken.
Class of 2018
My gap year in Transition One was one of the best years of my life. Taking the year between high school and college really opened my eyes to what was most important, serving the Lord. My prayer life got 10 times better, I learned to understand the Bible well and the importance of reading it, and I gained spiritual disciplines, and leadership skills.
My mission to South Africa was life changing. I will never forget all the people I met and and had the chance to serve. My classmates are still my best friends to this day. This program was the biggest blessing I never knew I needed, I would recommend it for everyone.
Class of 2017
My year in Transition One set me up for my future!
When I started the program I had no idea what I wanted my priorities to be. I had no next steps, no goals, and no plans to get there. Going through the program solidified how important my faith is. It helped me realize how important family is and opened my eyes to how other people live around the world.
In the first part of the program I learned what type of relationship I wanted with God and how to live it. There were a variety of guest teachers who taught life skills, which I use everyday. I learned how to budget, how to handle a job interview, and how to develop leadership skills. The second part of the program I spent three months doing mission work in India. I had opportunities to serve and to grow in empathy and understanding of how people live in different parts of the world. It was a lot of hard work, prayer, and growth. Transition One impacted who I am, and I am forever grateful.
Class of 2016
Transition One was, in a nutshell, a year of accelerated growth spiritually and personally. Now that I am two years out of the program, I am still frequently using what was taught in the various lessons we had during the year. Living overseas and being exposed to people with limited resources and opportunities has moved me to use all that I have been blessed with to serve God and others. Once I hit college, I realized how hard it is to make time for God in the daily grind, but Transition One set my standard of making time for God everyday. My gap year challenged me, stretched me, and set the standard for me going forward in how to live to bring God the utmost glory that He deserves.
Class of 2017
Transition One helped me grow closer with God by giving me godly influences in my life, a deeper understanding of the Bible, and an environment where I could take intentional time to be with God. The classes and experiences we had over the year were incredibly valuable, from growing with my classmates, to having the opportunity to work in a foreign country with the protection of an experienced church while, still going into the field, doing things I never thought would be possible for me.
I’d say that the learning environment that Transition One provided was one I wouldn’t have had anywhere else. During the year, I was always learning something new and becoming a better version of myself. Taking a year to focus on God, not only changed my life but, made aware to me who I could be, in Jesus.
Class of 2019
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