One: The Big Picture
Anto has a portfolio career at the crossroad of entrepreneurship, youth culture, and academic work. He co-founded Chinese Institute, today one of France's leading training centers dedicated to teaching Chinese. Anto went to Business School in France, studied Economics in China, and completed a Master's Degree in Christian Education at Princeton Seminary. He worked for 6 years with youth and young adults in Hong Kong and England, before joining YPulse (the world’s best youth intelligence company) as the Director for Western Europe in 2022. His hope is to one day finish his Ph.D. in experimental theology that he started a while back at the University of Birmingham (UK). Originally from France, Anto lives in south London with his wife Jess and their baby Leo.
"We have 5 free newsletters people can choose from, and it’s great content that every youth minister should receive in their inbox!" -Anto
Two: The Church Picture
An experienced educator, writer, and data journalist, Kevin is responsible for overseeing media communications for Springtide, including preparing articles, press kits, press releases, and other content initiatives. He has written on nationally-representative religion and political data for The Washington Post, Religion News Service, Religion & Politics, Sojourners, Christianity Today, The Hill, The Independent, and more. He’s passionate about the ways data and story can help increase knowledge and reduce stereotypes about different populations, and was drawn to Springtide for the incredible quality and quantity of research on the lives of young people. In a moment when so many leaders and educators want to speak persuasively to Gen Z, Kevin is excited to see Springtide become a research brand that others trust.
Three: The Practice Picture
Melina Luna Smith
Melina Smith is the founder of StoryMakers NYC, clergy wife, and mother of two. Drawing on her background in Social Work and Child Development and her eye for design, she reimagined an approach to formation. Melina’s trademark commitment to whimsy and beauty comes through all her creative work. In 2018 with a team of writers, artists and jacks-of-all-trades, Melina transformed a Sunday School dream into StoryMakers, a series of Zines to foster connection and spark the imagination.
Mel is originally from Tucson, Arizona. She currently resides in New York City.