Meet the Team: Jeremy Chasteen (Generation LINK Director)

Meet the Team: Jeremy Chasteen (Generation LINK Director)

This post is the first in a series called “Meet the Team” introducing you to our Generation LINK staff. We hope it will help you get to know Generation LINK staff members serving around the country a little better.

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Where did you graduate from and what did you study?
I graduated from East Carolina in 1995 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. I also received a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological seminary.

How did you first develop a vision for Generation LINK?
I spent nine years on staff with a campus ministry and saw the impact that participating in summer and year long missions opportunities has on students. However, over time I realized one thing that’s often missing from these opportunities is the local church. When we planted Crosspoint Church in Clemson, SC in 2005, we saw an opportunity to implement excellent campus ministry strategy in the context of the local church by providing summer and one year residencies. I really desire to equip the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and men and women going into the marketplace. To be honest, we developed Generation LINK because it’s what our pastors wish we had while we were in seminary. Generation LINK is a beautiful marriage of seminary training and meaningful ministry in church plants.

What excites you most about Generation LINK?

Having the opportunity to invest into young men and women who are making big decisions in their lives and having the impact to develop them into mature, theologically grounded disciple-makers in local churches all over the world.

What advice do you have for someone considering doing Summer LINK or the Generation LINK residency program?

For those considering Summer LINK- there’s only three summers most college students will have (possibly in their entire lives!) to invest 6-10 weeks serving a local church and being developed as a believer. Summer LINK is an incredible investment for your own personal discipleship and a great opportunity to advance God’s kingdom. You will also be placed in an environment where you will cultivate sweet friendships as you live and work with other believers in community.
For those considering our one year residency- I would love to challenge every post-graduate to tithe a year or two to serve in the local church before going into the marketplace. In addition, the residency program is truly an incredible opportunity for future pastors and missionaries to combine ministry and theological training in the context of the local church. It just doesn’t get better than this! And, you might even meet your spouse!

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?Spend time with family, hunt, fish, lift weights, run, and anything that involves Clemson sports. 

What is your typical coffee shop order? Black and strong. I’m cheap and too old to waste all those calories on a fancy coffee drink!

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Me and my wife Liz and our four children: Lydia, Carson, Bryn, and Spencer