What’s your full name? Aaron Michael Helman

Where did you grow up? South Bend, Indiana

Tell us about your church: name, location, website. I’m at Clay Church in South Bend, Indiana; a multi-site congregation that’s enormously committed to youth ministry.

What’s a nickname you’ve been given…but you hate. Why? Sometimes people call me the A-Train.

What’s your favorite TV show from the 80’s? (If you are too young to remember the 80’s, pick A.L.F.) I loved Perfect Strangers.

Computer or TV? Neither

How old were you when you first felt called to ministry? 20

Would you rather kick a puppy or make a baby cry? I make babies cry all the time, so I’m used to it. No, you can’t have a donut. You’re eight months old.

What’s a recent EPIC youth ministry mistake? Thought I fired a volunteer; apparently didn’t make it clear enough to the volunteer.

Have you ever left a kid on an event/camp/retreat/missions trip/etc.? Have you ever wanted to? One time on a bicycle trip, we loaded everyone up to head to the Y for showers and it was halfway through the shower that we realized someone was missing.

What do you enjoy doing outside of youth ministry? I ride bicycles.

Are you a good dancer? Depends who you ask. (If you ask me, yes. If you ask anyone else, no.)

What color shoes are you wearing? Black, white, pink.

What’s the worst injury that’s happened on one of your event/camp/retreat/missions trip/etc.? Broken arm at JrHi Camp. Kid tried to surf the slip-n-slide standing up. He wasn’t standing long.

What’s your position on infant baptism? Just kidding, nobody cares. Oh okay.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you hate ALL NIGHTERS? (1 = stab me in the eye and 10 = stab me in the eye with a spoon) I hate them as much as anyone could hate a thing.

How good are you at keeping receipts? Does your church administrator love or hate you? I’ve never lost a receipt in ten years. Seriously. Seriously.

What would you do if you could be invisible for one day? This is exactly how I felt every single day of middle school.

Mac or PC? Macs, but my church won’t let me have one!

If you had a pet sloth, what would you name him/her? Slothra.

What is one of your irrational fears? Needles

What is your favorite lunch meat? Expensive salami.

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