Guy Wasko

M.A. in Practical Theology, ‘04

"From suburban youth pastor to urban church planter."

Knowing and doing “all things youth ministry,” Guy Wasko was quite familiar with the sweet taste of success in the student ministry world. Not only did he grow and revitalize youth ministries in Virginia Beach and Orlando, but he also proved himself to be quite adept on the national student ministry scene, becoming a speaker and trainer for Group Publishing in 2005. But a desire for something else was stirring deep in his heart—a desire to share and live the gospel in an urban context.

So Guy took the next transitional step and became the pastor of student ministries of a large, multi-ethnic church in downtown Pittsburgh. It was during this season of ministry that Guy’s love for the city began to flourish. So when God opened up the opportunity for him to be a part of Tim Keller’s church planting network in New York City, he couldn't refuse. In 2009, Guy and his family relocated to the East Village, where he launched Trinity Grace Fellowship. Today, Guy and his wife (Rebecca) and three daughters (Emma, Kendall and Carter) have assimilated into urban life and are leading a community of believers into lives of authenticity, worship, service and missional living.

Guy credits much of his ministry fruitfulness to the fact that he was doing ministry while pursuing his seminary degree. In doing so, he “was able to immediately apply what [he] was learning in the classroom to real-time ministry situations.” He goes on to say that, “My love for Scripture and study deepened while, at the same time, I was challenged and inspired to see how it practically met the real life needs of the people I was ministering to.”