If you are starting a youth ministry or would like to rekindle the flame of your current ministry, Weston also travels across the country offering consulting services on the dynamics of effective and powerful youth ministries. As the former Youth Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Mandarin in Jacksonville, FL, and current Senior Pastor of Exodus International Ministries Inc. Weston continues to lead fruitful ministries producing youth / young adults that are sold-out for Christ and allowing them to capture the essence of serving God at a young age.
Weston, a native of Jacksonville, FL, graduated from Paxon High School. The oldest of three siblings, and the product of a single-parent home, he is no stranger to the effects of a non-traditional home environment and/or the pressures of making positive decisions at an early age. In his senior year of high school he signed a major recording contract and eventually left college to pursue a music career. That endeavor was not a successful one; however, he went on to serve in the United States Army and eventually started a promotional-based print media marketing firm, employing over 30 people.
Using his experience in the music industry, his marketing savvy and his natural eye for talent, Weston even provides artist development tools, giving young people the proper channels to access an entertainment career.
Pastor Edward C. Weston II is one of north Florida’s best kept secrets. He is a preacher, performer, author and motivational speaker and he’s one who has an unparalleled passion for youth. His zeal for children, youth and young adults is the primary reason he launched a national campaign that focuses on making a positive impact in the lives of at least one million children. Pastor Weston is the President and Founder of 1 Million Kids Safe National Campaign Initiative, which is one of the most aggressive and progressive ventures for Internet safety. His chief concern is the protection of millions of children, who spend numerous hours online, from predatory activity. Weston affirms that 1 Million Kids Safe National Campaign Initiative is a practical antidote that will counteract the dangerous effects of the Internet.
As an author, Pastor Weston has written a powerful guide that corresponds to the campaign initiative. Untangling Satan’s Web Worldwide: A Parent’s Haven from Internet Havoc is a detailed analysis of what he believes are the seven most deadly hazards of the Internet, which include pornography, social networking, Internet predators, video social networking, cyber-bullying, online gaming and net banging.
Weston is also a gifted motivational speaker. He is the spearhead behind the critically acclaimed 1 Million Safe Youth Awareness Rally. The purpose of the Awareness rallies is to promote online responsibility, targeting youth of every race, ethnicity, culture, gender and social class. Weston engages the youth through workshops, panels, forums, celebrity appearances and concerts. He also proposes to make these rallies more effective by partnering with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, media affiliates, entertainment affiliates, corporate affiliates and non-profit organizations.
Pastor Weston is a dynamic visionary. And his ultimate goal through the development and management of 1 Million Safe is to provide a safer Internet environment for millions of kids across the continental United States and even throughout he the world.
He is father, husband, preacher, teacher, speaker, entrepreneur, musician and mentor; and he uses all of his God-given talent to be an ambassador for the kingdom of God and for youth empowerment.