Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry
Rocky Supinger grew up in Aurora, Colorado, and attended a Presbyterian college in Sterling, Kansas. First while serving as a Presbyterian Church (USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and then while doing community development work with the YMCA in Kansas City, Rocky discerned a call to ministry and enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2001.
Since being ordained in 2004 to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament as a Teaching Elder, he has served two churches, including the Claremont Presbyterian Church in California, where he has been Associate Pastor for the past eight years.
Rocky and his wife, Meredith Clayton, have been married for thirteen years. Their seven-year-old daughter, Laura, is in the second grade and loves to sing and dance. Meredith is a pediatrician who holds a master’s degree in public health and has done residencies in Kansas City, Missouri, and Loma Linda, California.
Rocky on Youth Ministry and Fourth Church
“I feel called to youth ministry because my experience, as an adolescent, both of healthy peer community and adults who expressed an interest in my interests mediated the love of God to me in powerful ways.
“The fundamental expression of ministry with youth is a congregation that comes alongside teenagers as they discover themselves addressed by God in the story of scripture, a community that cultivates an active curiosity about who God is shaping adolescents to be.
“I feel called to youth ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church because I have sensed that the staff and members here are committed to doing youth ministry in just that way.”
The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee on Rocky
“Rocky will provide tremendous leadership for our youth ministry program; he has great passion for young people and for the church
“Youth ministry is the de facto research and development branch of Christianity, and there are not any more important questions for a teenager to address than ‘Who am I? What do I believe? Should I have a relationship with God?’
“Rocky will be a terrific challenger, researcher, listener, and sharer as each of our teenagers defines God’s love for himself or herself. Rocky’s vision for youth ministry, his organizational skills, his public pastor persona (www.YoRocko.com), maturity, energy, and willingness to experiment and see ‘what sticks to the wall’ make him a wonderful Associate Pastor choice for Fourth Church and for our youth.”