Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on LinkedIn

33 Under 33 Who Are Shaping the Next Generation of Our Faith

July 1, 2014 14 Comments
268 Flares Twitter 47 Facebook 129 LinkedIn 88 Pin It Share 0 StumbleUpon 1 Google+ 3 Filament.io 268 Flares ×

33-under-33-Christianity-Today

When I discovered Christianity Today released its “33 Under 33 List,” I was compelled to study these promising leaders who are shaping the next generation of our faith.

All of them are born after 1980, all on Twitter, and come from the most racially diverse generation in the American history. 4 out of 10 U.S. Millennials are non-white.

Here’s 33 ordinary people with an extraordinary purpose. To witness such a laser-like focus for the Kingdom has instilled renewed hope for America and the world. In a nation here the Christian faith has been in a precipitous decline, these 33 leaders bring innovation, love, and diversity as they are leading the forefront of the spiritual battle. All of these leaders span all sectors of work to reclaim the seven mountains of culture and to restore shalom in our world.

The following are my top 10 favorite of 33 under 33. Click HERE to read the entire list.

Trip-Lee-Christianity-Today-33-under-33

1. Trip Lee, The Hip-Hop Theologian

  • Protégé and label mate of Lecrae; faive rap albums
  • Endorsed by John Piper and Anthony Carter who called Lee as a “clear, biblical and prophetic” voice.
  • Senior pastoral assistant to Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

“I have great hope for this generation, not because of hip-hop but because of the gospel. Music can’t change hearts any more than good public speaking can. Only the gospel can do that.” – Trip Lee

Dale-Christianity-Today-33-under-33

2. Dale Partridge, The People-Before-Profits Entrepreneur

  • Asks himself always, “If Jesus started a company, what would it look like?”
  • Founder of Sevenly, an apparel company to raise awareness and funds for charities
  • For seven days, Sevenly promotes and sells the gear, mostly through Facebook, giving $7 of each purchase straight to a cause—orphan care, autism research, and clean water, among others

“Like our God, entrepreneurs are great creators.” – Dale Partridge

Eddie-Lee-Christianity-Today-33-under-33

3. Eddie Lee, The Idealist

  • Founder of the the Jubilee Project, the production company that makes short films about charitable causes, the gospel and their motto that doing good is contagious
  • Harvard grad and former White House director for Asian American outreach
  • More than 100,000 YouTube subscribers, the project has created work for the Jeremy Lin Foundation, Alzheimer’s Associate, and other nonprofits

“I always lived under this belief that the harder I worked, the more I could achieve and the happier I could become.” – Eddie Lee

Nabeel-Qureshi-Christianity-Today-33-under-33

4. Nabeel Qureshi, The Ex-Muslim Evangelist

“We don’t have to go overseas to introduce people to Christ. We can do it by loving our neighbors as ourselves while we love Jesus with all our hearts and minds,” – Nabeel Qureshi

Claire-Diaz-Ortiz-Christianity-Today-33-under-33

5. Claire Diaz-Ortiz, The Tweeter for Good

  • Author of “Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time
  • Manages philanthropic, social good, and cause marketing initiatives for Twitter
  • Reached Christian leaders through events like Catalyst and consulted Pope Francis
  • Used Twitter to build awareness for orphans in Kenya and founded Hope Runs, a charity that supports orphanages

“My greatest hope for my generation is that we will harness our collective power to make positive change in the homes, communities, and worlds we live in.” – Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Jefferson-Bethke-Christianity-Today-33-under-33

6. Jefferson Bethke, The YouTube Evangelist

“I think this generation is grasping the fact that all of life is worship. They can worship by giving thanks in every domain of life as good image bearers. That will provide a very powerful witness, because you will have people in all walks of life making disciples.” – Jefferson Bethke

Saira Blair-Christianity-Today-33-under-33

7. Saira Blair, The Politician

  • Before graduated from high school, beat out an incumbent state legislator in primary election.
  • Campaigned on pro-life, pro-family issues to become district’s Republican candidate
  • Freshman at West Virginia University, majoring in Economics and Spanish.
  • If she wins the November election, she will become the youngest state legislator in West Virginia history.

The night before the primary, “I prayed that win or lose, I would be going down the right path,” said Blair, who believes God will use her campaign to inspire and influence others.

Trevin_Christianity-Today-33-under-33

8. Trevin Wax, The ‘Missional Minority’ Blogger

  • Popular blog hosted at The Gospel Coalition
  • Writes perspectives based on as young Southern Baptists, seminary graduate, former pastor and editor at LifeWay Christian Resources
  • Oversees The Gospel Project, an all-ages Bible study from LifeWay
  • Written four books, including a novel

“I love providing resources that serve churches in their mission of making disciples,” he said. “I also love the op­por­tunities I get to interact with church leaders who love God and their neighbors and are passionate about seeing people come to faith in Christ.”

Jason-Ma-Christianity-Today-33-under-33

9. Jaeson Ma, The Gospel Entertainer

  • Jet-setting manager and producer for Asian artists in the entertainment industry
  • Shares the gospel as a hip-hop performer and evangelist
  • He spent his early 20s planting churches and preaching at crusades through organizations such as the International House of Prayer.
  • A Chinese American, his ministry focused on the church’s surge in Asia, where Ma supported a movement to start house churches and student prayer groups.
  • His 2011 album, Glory, features a collaboration with Bruno Mars.

“There’s a widespread reception, connection, availability, and accessibility to God’s Word, and that excites me about this generation. This is a generation in which the gospel can be preached to the nations.” – Jaeson Ma

Joy-Eggerichs-Ortiz-Christianity-Today-33-under-33

10. Joy Eggerichs, The Relationship Maven

  • Founder of Love and Respect Now
  • Daughter of Sarah and Emerson Eggerichs, authors of Love and Respect
  • Address common hang-ups for men and women, single or dating, married or separated
  • Hosted the Illumination Project, designed to bring wisdom into Millennial’ relationships

“With all the divorce statistics and horror stories that people latch onto, my hope is that fear will not take root but actually become a catalyst for us to reevaluate what marriage really means, what the purpose of these partnerships can be, and where we look to for fulfillment in both singleness and marriage.” – Joy Eggerichs

Question: Who else should be included in the 33 under 33 list? Please share their platform and story below! 

About the Author:

Paul Sohn is an organizational chiropractor, purpose weaver, and kingdom-minded catalyst. Paul currently serves at The Boeing Company as a LEAN practitioner, providing expertise in continuous improvement initiatives, building high-performing teams and processes to create effective organizations. Paul also serves as an organizational consultant and Board Director at the Portland Leadership Foundation. He is writing his forthcoming book on how to live intentionally as a twenty-something. Paul received a Bachelor of Commerce degree at University of British Columbia in 2010. Above all, Paul’s vision is to turn the world upside down by equipping, connecting, and transforming emerging Christian leaders and organizations.
  • drjimharris

    Fascinating Paul. Great stories. Thanks for sharing this list. But there is one GRAVE error on this list – it should be the 34 & include YOU my friend! You are THE Organizational Chiropractor & Kingdom Minded Catalyst – maybe next year’s list?

    • http://www.paulsohn.org/ Paul Sohn

      Haha thanks for the kind thoughts Jim!

  • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

    Wow, some great profiles. It’s always encouraging to see how God is using the younger generation. I’m only a few years away from the under 33 crowd!

    I’ve been blessed by Jeffereson Bethke’s ministry, he lives here in Tacoma too! Also appreciate Trevin Wax. I’ll have to investigate some of the others that I wasn’t aware of.

    • http://www.paulsohn.org/ Paul Sohn

      It’s so uplifting to see these Millennial leaders are taking an active role in shaping culture. We still have hope for this nation and the world!

  • http://www.pauljolicoeur.com/ Paul Jolicoeur

    Great top 10, this is a list of people that aren’t wasting their day! It’s always inspiring to read the story of young people doing great things!

    • http://www.paulsohn.org/ Paul Sohn

      Absolutely Paul, always inspiring to see fellow believers reclaiming the seven mountains of culture! See you tomorrow!

    • http://www.paulsohn.org/ Paul Sohn

      Absolutely Paul, always inspiring to see fellow believers reclaiming the seven mountains of culture! See you tomorrow!

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com/ Lincoln Parks

    What an amazing group of individuals. I only knew two of them on the list. So now I have to go research and connect with the others. Thanks Paul for sharing such an inspirational list of great folks.

    • http://www.paulsohn.org/ Paul Sohn

      It’s my pleasure Lincoln! I believe we are on the path of pursuing our calling and helping others live out their faith in their workplace with greater fervor and authenticity.

  • Matt Gould

    Paul…this almost 41 year old (that still feels under 33) needed this little tug of inspiration today. Well-timed. Great stuff. If you ever expand your list to 41…just sayin…

    • http://www.paulsohn.org/ Paul Sohn

      Hahaha ye Matt, definitely will include you in the list! :) Thanks for reading!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    This is a great list Paul, thank you for sharing it.

  • http://www.frontline-network.org/ Garrhet Sampson

    This is a fantastic list Paul! It’s seriously encouraging to see God working through others that are so young.

    • http://www.paulsohn.org/ Paul Sohn

      Absolutely Garrhet. I’m really challenged and encouraged by fellow Millennials who are paving the way for His Kingdom. So inspirational!