Keynote speaker, Dr. David F. White gave the opening address at Generation 2008. He spoke on the social construction of adolescence ('adolescence' as a social phenomenon of the 20th century) and the vocation of youth.
David F. White is an Associate Professor of Christian Education at Austin Seminary. Prior to this position, he was visiting assistant professor of youth and education and associate director of research for the Youth Theological Initiative at Candler School of Theology, Atlanta. From 1997-2002 he was executive director of the Youth Discipleship Project at Claremont School of Theology. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, David has served in positions including minister of youth, associate pastor and conference coordinator of youth ministries in such diverse places as California, Alaska and Mississippi.
His publications include Practicing Discernment with Youth (Pilgrim Press, 2005).