Ryan Ackerman is constantly doing his best to live a life fully alive. He is from Baltimore, MD (Why be less when you can B-more?), and has his degree in Theology from Mount St. Mary’s University. When he’s not reading comics or listening to music, he is probably seeking out Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in unexpected places. He is a sinner somewhere in between a worthy saint and hopeless cause trying daily to give his heart of stone to the Lord. His grandfather grew up about five minutes away from where he is a missionary in Sharpsburg, PA, and he feels extremely proud to be able to give back to the community that shaped his family. Likes: Reading, languages, hiking, Netflix, dogs, and sometimes people. Dislikes: Mayonnaise, when his foot falls asleep, rudeness, stink bugs, and black jelly beans.
Felix Caro has been a missionary on and off since he graduated high school in 2008. Felix has served in ministry with NET Ministries where he traveled around the country for two years leading retreats for high school and middle school students. He has also served With Life Teen Missions, Leading summer camps, and leading ministry in Atlanta, and Nashville. Felix loves ministering to teens, Star Wars, and playing video games. His biggest fears are Hair Cuts and being told he isn’t funny. Felix is excited to start this new journey with Dirty Vagabond and to see the ways God will change lives in Greenville, North Carolina.
Milan is a full-time missionary in Pittsburgh, PA. Milan was born and raised in the great state of Texas where she developed her deep love for BBQ and homemade sweet tea. She graduated from Franciscan University with bachelor's degrees in Theology and Catechetics. Milan has been serving with DVM as a core member for the past four years and is ready to serve the teens of Pittsburgh full-time. Inner-city youth ministry has become her passion and she cannot thank her family and friends enough for their constant prayers, love, and support. When she isn't hanging out with the coolest teens of the Steel City you can find Milan longboarding, eating the spiciest hot wings she can find, or chasing after stray cats in the streets of Pittsburgh.
Andy and his beautiful wife Meg have three girls. Andy is originally from Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor's in Theology and Catechetics and a concentration in Youth Ministry. Andy has been doing youth ministry for the past eight years, including serving with Dirty Vagabond in Brooklyn, NY from 2010-2013. After teaching and doing parish youth ministry for three years in Wichita, KS, Andy and Meg felt called to start a branch of Dirty Vagabond.
Andy left teaching, they sold their house and moved into the North Side of the city and have been amazed at what God is already doing! Andy enjoys anything American, exercising, coffee, tattoos, and is currently trying to talk Meg into letting him get a dog.
Will Davis is a recent graduate of THE Franciscan University of Steubenville where he was known as "THE triple threat" for his ability to the captain the football team, the forensics club, and the glee club. He's no stranger to Steubenville and is excited to be serving in Steubenville after completing college. He's an also an avid golfer and amateur radio operator.
Director of Missionaries, Kris@dirtyvagabond.com
Kris Frank, a native to Ohio, has served the Catholic Church for 10 years as a youth minister. He has also had the opportunity to travel to share the Gospel message to young people at churches, campuses, camps and conferences around the country. He has degrees from Franciscan University in Theology and Catechetics. When he isn't serving the Church, you can usually find him serving his wife and four kids. One day, Kris hopes to own a dog.
Shannon Keating is a full-time missionary in our new location in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Franciscan University in 2017 with degrees in English and Theology while serving as a volunteer for DVM. Shannon often follows her stomach to the nearest ice cream shop on the hunt for Mint Chocolate Chip. Despite being from North Carolina, Shannon is no stranger to Pittsburgh, so much so that she has been asked multiple times to represent Pennsylvania in the Ms. United States Pageant (maybe). One of Shannon's favorite things in the whole world is when Milan reenacts the opening of the popular Disney film Mulan. When in doubt, get her a bunny mug.
Christopher Kerfoot graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelors degree in philosophy in 2015. He has seven years of previous experience in ministry as a summer camp counselor and a member of the Diocesan Evangelization Team in the Diocese of Charleston. Christopher has been working in Pittsburgh as a missionary in the East End neighborhoods of Garfield and Bloomfield since the Fall semester of 2015. He loves God, the Catholic Church, Kit-Kat bars, and his beautiful wife.
Director of Mission Advancement, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Lesnefsky works as the Director of Mission Advancement for Dirty Vagabond Ministries. A long time veteran of youth ministry, he's excited to put his catlike reflexes and his beatboxing skills to work for Dirty Vagabond Ministries. He is passionate about evangelization and is much better looking than his older brother Bob. He also helps oversee our Pittsburgh locations and website and social media presence.
His wife Katherine is his inspiration, the wind beneath his wings, and his bio writer. He lives in Pittsburgh with her, their 4 kids, and their 3 pet hamsters.
Bob Lesnefsky is the founder Dirty Vagabond Ministries. He has over 15 years of hands on experience in youth ministry, serving as a youth minister in both Urban and Suburban churches.
For the last 10 years Bob has been a full time Christian Hip Hop artist and speaker, traveling to over 100 venues a year using rap music as an outreach to teens in all walks of life. He's active in the Rotary club and local dance troupe. He and his wife have seven beautiful children where he lives in Steubenville OH as a urban missionary. Bob also has a lot of tattoos.
Jennie Padilla is a missionary in Wichita, KS. Growing up in Ventura, California, you could always catch her playing soccer, surfing, hiking or hanging with her friends and family. Come high school, mission trips, retreats with Dirty Vagabond teens every summer, and leading in youth ministry, ignited a desire in her to love people to Christ as others had done for her.
By what one could only describe as the grace of God, Jennie graduated in December of 2016 with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish from CSU Long Beach. In January 2017, she started her work as a missionary for Dirty Vagabond. Jennie enjoys nothing more than loving on the amazing teens of her (very-flat-and-ocean-less-yet-surprisingly-awesome) new home!
Karen Reynolds is the president of Dirty Vagabond Ministries. Karen has a life time of faithful service to the Church. She is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the lost and training/equipping missionaries. A veteran of over 20 years of youth ministry, Karen started her career with Young Life where she served as area and development Director of the Ohio Valley. Prior to her leadership in Dirty Vagabond, Karen was the Director of Youth Ministry at Our Lady of Assumption in Ventura, CA. Karen is a nationally recognized speaker and expert on youth ministry, having spoken to thousands of young people in the past 15 years. In addition to being an avid reader and traveler, she has recently begun her plans to play drums in a rock band.
Chrysan loves working as an urban missionary -- and is happy to finally get out of the cold! After growing up in a suburb of Chicago and going to college in Minnesota and Ohio, serving in Greenville, NC will be a nice change! She earned her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Franciscan University and has always loved working with teens. She is inspired by the love and support she has always received from her parents and family. She wants to share this with those who have not always been given this kind of love at home and is looking forward to sharing Christ’s love with others. A little know fact about: Chrysan is that she proudly served as the Baron mascot at Franciscan University for two years!!