Co-Founder & Executive Director
Priscilla had a passion for serving young people at a very early age. A graduate of Evangel University with a degree in communications and biblical studies, Priscilla's experience goes far beyond the church walls. As a Concept Development Manager, she helped launch a multi-million dollar family center in the St. Louis area; and as a Development Director and Event Director, she raised millions of dollars for two national organizations and one community-based organization.
As a full-time youth worker, Priscilla has served families in the Tinley Park/Orland Park area for almost a decade. Most recently, Priscilla served as Youth Minister of a large Tinley Park church, taking a youth group of less than 12 and developing it into a multi-tiered youth program with an active roster of 400 students. During that time, Priscilla also played an integral role in planning the “Livin’ It” skateboard/BMX ministry event hosted by Stephen Baldwin and The Luis Palau Association. Over 5,000 people attended that event, making it the largest in the nation.
In May 2009, Priscilla was hired by the Board of Directors as the first Executive Director of The Bridge Teen Center. Priscilla and her husband, Rob, founded The Bridge Teen Center after seeing a growing need in the suburbs for a permanent place where teenagers (who are not necessarily connected to a church) can be supported, encouraged, and loved. Their commitment to making the dream a reality has resulted in a larger group of community leaders who are working together to make a difference in the lives of teens and families in the Chicago Southland area.
In addition to ministering to teens and families outside the church walls, Priscilla continues to speak in churches of all denominations by sharing her story and addressing a wide variety of subjects. She was also the only female contributor to a book titled If I Knew Then What I Know Now, (a guide for those new to youth ministry) published by Youth Specialties and Zondervan. Priscilla currently serves as the Chicago Southland Coordinator for the National Network of Youth Ministries, and has served as a panelist and presenter at national youth worker conferences and events.
Priscilla has a great mid-range shot on the basketball court, loves to garden and cook, and is Martha Stewart’s biggest fan.
Posts by Priscilla Steinmetz
Culinary Demo: Summer Salads (& Pasta Shapes)
Resource: Ingredient Substitutions
Culinary Demo: Making Macaroni & Cheese Healthier
Music Review: Makshift & MG Bailey
Culinary Demo: Vegetarian Meals
Music Review: Philmont
Culinary Demo: Dorm Style Cooking
Music Review: Icon For Hire
10 Quick & Healthy Meal Ideas
Pesto Culinary Demo
Poetry from The Garage Ribbon Cutting
Stir Fry with Meijer Chef
Chewy vs. Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Courage To Care
Lasagna with Meijer Chef
Resources from How To Talk To Teen About Sex
Who Are We? Identity Theft.
Frosted Sugar Cookies
Resources from College 101: Paying for College
Liverpool Dummy Sheet
What’s Important to Know about Money?
Thank You Video
Friday Night LIVE 12|10 Recipes
Resources from Stressed!
Friday Night LIVE 11|12 Recipes
Friday Night LIVE 10|29 Recipes
Halloween Weekend Photoblog
Resources from Teens in Trouble Parent Roundtable
Friday Night LIVE 10|1 Recipes
Minute To Win It
Resources from College 101: Getting It All Started
Friday Night LIVE 9|10 Recipes
Summer’s Top Ten List
Beginning Bridge Blogging