We exist to extend the mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary through leadership in quality training, advanced research, and practical resources for those who work with youth.

Quality Training

YMI offers training in three ways: on campus, online, and workshop format.

Advanced Research

From its inception, YMI has focused on research that impacts youth ministry in the local church. Research topics include: competency based approach to youth ministry training, media influences on teenagers, and current statistics on Generation Z.

Practical Resources

YMI is here for you! From books to blogs - we provide youth leaders with a variety of resources to help reach and disciple today's teenagers.

Youth Ministry concentrations are available in both the Master of Arts in Christian Education and Master of Divinity in Christian Education.

Youth Ministry Certificate

Requires completion of eight units (YMI Weekend Workshops) in several content areas within youth ministry.

Our Staff
Dr. David Odom


Dr. David Odom serves as the new Director of the Youth Ministry Institute. He is Associate Professor of Student Ministry at NOBTS. He holds a B.A. from Liberty University along with an MARE and Ph.D. from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before joining faculty, Dr. Odom served as Youth Minister in churches in Texas and Alabama.


Maci Duncan


Maci serves as the administrative assistant in the YMI office. She is a graduate student at NOBTS and has a passion for student ministry. She has served on church staff in student ministry in Tennessee and assisted in Disciple Nows at various churches. Before moving to New Orleans, she graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a Bachelor's of Science. 


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