Augustine Institute Faculty: Jim Beckman

Jim Beckman

Jim Beckman

Lecturer of Leadership and Catechetics
Director of Youth Leadership and Evangelization


Leadership, Youth Ministry


MA, Augustine Institute
BS, Franciscan University of Steubenville


A more than 20-year veteran of youth ministry, Jim has served in various roles of leadership in youth ministry on local, regional, and national levels. Jim was the founder and Executive Director of ImpactCenter, a youth minister mentoring and training organization that served dioceses all over the country. Jim has developed Catechetical and youth ministry training resources for years, and has served as a trainer for many national organizations, including Franciscan University, Life Teen, and the National Service Committee.

Jim is a nationally-known speaker and trainer. He serves on the editorial board and is a frequent contributor for Formed Magazine, and has contributed articles to other publications: St. Anthony Messenger Press, New Covenant Magazine, and Our Sunday Visitor. Jim is also the author and founder of YDisciple, a series of teen discipleship and leadership formation resources.

Jim and his wife, Meg, live in Highlands Ranch, CO, with their five children: Aaron, Claire, Daniel, Jonathan and Brian.

Recent Publications

“Conversational Catechesis,” Formed Magazine 1, no. 5 (Sept/Oct 2010): 12-13.

“Younger and Younger: The Spread of Teen Culture,” Formed Magazine 1, no. 3
(May/June 2010): 20-21.

“Rooted in Prayer,” Formed Magazine 1, no. 1, (Jan/Feb 2010): 16-17.

God Help Me: How to Grow in Prayer, Servant Publications, 2009

Learning the Love of God: Personal Prayer and Discernment Resource, ImpactCenter, 2009

Survival Guide: Helping Teens Survive the Transition from High School to Life After Life Teen International, 2001