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2004 ENTRIES AND WINNERS

The Source for Youth Ministry put on a contest for all youth workers, volunteer or paid, to reward them for driving a hideous heap!

Youth Specialties sponsored this contest with some great prizes, including Free Registration to Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention - a $350 value (Click Here)

All entries were due on April 15, 2004. The staff at YOUTH SPECIALTIES picked the winners. Take a look at the winners followed by some of this years entries ...

1st Place Winner

SAM WALKER
Youth and Families Minister. For $100 we bought this poor car, scrubbed off the slurry that had been dropped on it from a forest fire, set off 3 bugbombs to kill the black widow infestation. It is moldy, the ceiling crumbles down on you, it tends to due 25 mph, and the youth group uses it as a skate ramp.

1st Place Prize:
Free Registration to Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention (city of your choice, Registration only) - $350 value (Click Here)


2nd Place Winner

RYAN JONES
Full-time Youth Ministry Director, Our Savior Lutheran, Excelsior, MN. Meet Neuman....a 1965 US Postal Jeep. He's powder blue and orange (rust), has a right-hand steering column, no passenger or rear seats, and is currently missing a muffler. Fortunately, Neuman's max speed is 58 mph, so no worries about speeding. Will be perfect when youth ministry forces me to "go postal."

2nd Place Prizes:
Ideas Library CD - $179 (Click Here)


3rd Place Winner

RICK NIER
Rick Nier, Youth Pastor, Winona Lake, Indiana. The stripe is falling off again, multiple rust spots, major windshield crack, interior ceiling falling again (wife stapled it a few years ago), mysterious stinky smell coming through vents, muffler is only decoration, transmission slips, ignition only works with much prayer, and it overheats and stalls when temperature outside is above 50 degrees.

3rd Place Prizes:
Worship Image Gallery - $49.99 (Click Here)


Honorable Mention

LIZ TELFORD
Volunteer Junior High Leader, Auburn Bible Chapel, Peterborough, Ontario. 1984 Caprice Wagon. Besides obvious rust holes, back door no longer opens, back window does occasionally, only one working windshield wiper, radio busted, the heater works if the switch is set "just so." By driving with two feet when first started it will not stall. Power steering quits when you brake.

STU COCANOUGHER
My name is Stu Cocanougher and I am a full-time Minister to Students. I serve at Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. My daily vehicle is a Volkswagen "Thing". It was originally a 1973, but was wrecked, so the front end of a '74 vehicle was welded on. The doors come off which make it subject to pranks by the youth.

JONATHAN WOODING
Youth Pastor, Freedom Fellowship, San Diego. My 1976 Chevy Nova is the biggest heap you have probably seen. The driver's seat has NO cushion left at all. You can't tell from these pics, but the rear driver's side door doesn't open at all, and the trunk won't latch closed. To keep the trunk open, I use a shovel's handle.

Honorable Mention Prizes: Ray Johnstons student leadership book, Developing Student Leaders CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PRIZE



HERE’S SOME OTHER ENTRIES FOR THIS YEAR

MICHAEL SIMS
Michael Sims, youth leader, Oakwood Baptist, Lexington, SC. My '92 Geo Storm is trash! The passenger door doesn't open and the window won't roll up all the way. The alignment is permanently bent after a wreck, every speaker is busted, there's no heating, air, defrost, or power steering, the rims don't match, and it has over 250,000 miles.
GREG EDDY
I am the Jr. High Director at Hopewell General Baptist Church in Flint Michigan. I drive a 1991 Chevrolet Caviler. It has a smashed front D/S light. Both doors are rusted on the bottom. The Drivers side door will not open from the outside The....oh forget it. I could go on all day!
NEW VILLIAGE
We are the Jr. High Directors at Harvest Life Church, Nampa Idaho. Our 1992 Dodge Caravan is a heap because the passenger side door pops every time you open the door, it's dented in. Paint is pealing on the hood, the interior is trashed and stained, the radio barley works, if you drive 70, the whole van starts to shake.
DWAYNE STEARNS
Full Time Youth Pastor, First Baptist Church of Sonora, CA. Behold the 1984 Toyota Tercel known by my youth as the "hooptie" or "The P.O.S." (I assume this stands for "Portrait Of Superiority"). Gave a youth kid a ride to work recently…she asked me not to drop her off at the door. 191K, has to be parked on a hill to get it started. Prodigious oil leak (see picture), and hole in the muffler add to its character.
ROB REED
Youth Director, Calvary Chapel Sawgrass in Davie, FL. 1991 Saturn. Co-worker gave it to me, he felt bad about accepting money for it. Headlights are stuck up. Trunk bungeed shut. Rear bumper painted a different color. No air conditioning (requirement in Florida). No right hand mirror. Scratched entire paint job cleaning with SOS pad!
DOUG GIELEN
Youth Pastor, Calvary United Church , St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada. 97 Ford Escort, runs great, needs some body work. While parked behind a hardware store it was actually run over by a Mennonite horse and buggy. Three sides, the hood and the roof were damaged as the horse ran around my car dragging the buggy over the top!
KATHLEEN NIEMEYER
Volunteer Youth Leader, New Life, Laguna Niguel, CA. This 1982 Dodge is our youth van. Ceiling full of holes from rust. No fan or AC. Original radio, broken. No floor covering. Rain comes in through the roof. Side door will not open. Inside lights taped up, do not work. Tail light broken. Electrical not covered in Driver's seat.
CHRIS MOROZ
Full time youth pastor, First United Methodist, OKC. The 1976 Scout takes 10 minutes to start (on a good day), backfires when turned off, headliner's falling, doors don't lock, leaks gas(!), no emergency brake, and it sits lopsided. Radio doesn't work. No air conditioning, and the windows don't roll down! All this and, ironically, no hazard lights...
KEVIN CATLIN
Youth minister, Fall River church of Christ, Fall River, MA. Meet my 1986 Dodge Ram pickup named the "Beast." Its tail gate is WELDED SHUT so it doesn't fall off again, and anything hauled needs to be lifted over the side. Doubles as a garbage can. The inside "carpet" is a 6' strip of indoor/outdoor carpet.
STEVE DANIELS
Part-time high school staff, YFC, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. My 1986 VW Golf with 170,000 miles has already blown a transmission, got totaled on a fishing trip, has been hit by plow truck, and the inside still stinks of vomit ... (don't ask!) Thank God this car is only used as a second vehicle.
KELLY SHATTUCK
Full-time youth worker, Slovak Republic, Eastern Europe. Possibly the "Most Exotic Heap of the Year Entry." My heap is a wonder machine that locks its doors automatically when you roll down the window and honks when you turn on the left turn signal!
OKAY, THESE AREN'T HEAPS, BUT FUN TO LOOK AT!
(I don't know what it is ... but for some reason a bunch of people entered their nice cars this year! Is there something in the air?)
RAY HARRIS
This has been one lousy Lincoln Navigator -- really -- I've had to replace the engine twice, the transmission once, and the rear end once (all under warranty). But now that my lease is nearly up, I don't know what to do.

Should I buy it out of the lease -- knowing that everything is nearly new on it? OR Should I run as far as I can knowing that now that the warranty is no longer in place, these $7500 repair jobs are about to become my responsibility? I don't know. But it would be cool to head to the NWYC to discuss the idea over Filet Mignon with Tony Campolo as he speaks about the growing poverty in Haiti.
ADAM THAO
I am Adam Thao, from Modesto, California. In the youth department I am the youth vice president ( 2 years) and also music director (2 years ). I do my ministry for the Hmong Christian and Missionary Alliance of Modesto and I love every moment of it...PRAISE THE LORD!!!

Well, Iwouldn't consider my car a heap. I consider it a blessing from the Lord actually. I'm not boosting, ...but it is a 93 Honda Del sol....

Engine Modifications:
engine code D16Z6 SOHC Vtec
AEM intake
DC sports header 4-2-1 stainless steel
custom cat back exhaust to 5zigen muffler
AEM cam sprocket (red)
Gude Reprogrammed ECU
JG engine dynamic Camshaft

Exterior modifications
JDM muse front Lip
15inch Rota Rims all the way around
JDM aluminum Spoiler (black)
dropped on ground control coilovers 2 25 inch drop all the way around..
tokico 5 way adjustable shocks
DC top front and rear strut bars

Interior Modifications:
Short shifter
type r shiftknob
autometer boost and air/fuel ration gauges
MARK FERRY
I don't work with youth at all, but I financially support our youth ministry. Here's a picture of my BMW M5. It is a heap because it gets bad gas mileage!
PHIL GIBSON
I know I have no business sending this to you but here's my story: I am a full time youth pastor in Sunbury, Ohio. I started ministry with an OLDsmobile delta 88, donated by one of my teens (he'd completely resurfaced the interior with two inch long sky blue fur - "to make it look pimp!") I was then "promoted" to a ford escort with no paint left and then on to a chevy corsica whose sunroof would flap in the wind. The reason I don't belong in this competition is that God just blessed me with a pretty new car, I could take a few paragraphs to describe it but I'll let the picture speak for itself...GOD IS GOOD!
SCOTT CARLE
Of course, this didn't come from church. I have a degree in Computer Science, a Minor in Mathematics, a heavy background (4 years) in Electrical Engineering, etc. It's my "secular" job that allows me the luxuries that I exploit in ministry. Let's face it. The kids like the truck. For the record, I am one of three pastors at my church. I have oversight of birth through college. Specifically, I am the pastor to families.

Yes, those are red/blue lights in the grill. The headlights also have a full strobe/wig-wag package. Next is a siren. :o) I had those put on for youth type events. It really does draw the attention. We have a 8X4 or so banner with our ministry logo that we put beside the truck when we're out and about at events and such.

The truck is a 2001 GMC Yukon XL SLT. It has a bench third row and captains chairs in the first two rows. It has custom bumpers, white out tail lights, custom push guard, grill, and running boards. It has a Cadillac gauge cluster/spedo. It has custom Boyd Coddington wheels. I bought the truck from the original owner/customizer. The story on the wheels is that Boyd Coddington didn't make wheels for trucks until this truck. The owner called Boyd and Boyd called GMC for the specs and built the wheels for this truck. Now if you look on Boyd Coddington's website, they have truck wheels galore. Anyway, haven't called Boyd myself to verify but who knows...

Next we want to add TVs in the head rests of the first row and possibly a 15 inch drop down screen for the back row.

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