Pete Hardesty

Pete Hardesty currently serves as the Young Life college divisional coordinator in the Eastern Division. He moved to the Washington, D.C. area from the friendly city of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Pete grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from the University of Virginia where he was pre-med with the emphasis on “pre.” He then joined the staff of Young Life in Virginia Beach, where he served for seven years before moving to Harrisonburg in 2004. After being the area director for Young Life in Harrisonburg for eight years, Pete transitioned to start Young Life College at James Madison University in 2012.

Pete loves being around college students even though they make him feel old. He received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2014. A passion for the Middle East has inspired Pete to lead Holy Land trips for the last ten years, with a focus on serving Palestinian kids in the West Bank.

He is a frequent international keynote speaker and is a speaker coach with SCORRE workshops. He loves people and creating environments where they can thrive and achieve their potential. His two nieces are the apple of his eye.

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Finding Success in the Workplace

Josh Burnette and Pete Hardesty want young men to find success in the workplace. In order to see that happen, young men have to learn the value of hard work, punctuality, and responsibility.

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Relationships With Adults

Josh Burnette and Pete Hardesty encourage young men to build a healthy relationship with their parents, and advises parents to listen and be there for their teens.

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What’s My Purpose?

Josh Burnette and Pete Hardesty have a heart for seeing young men grow into adulthood. Burnette and Hardesty also give insight to the most important question: “What is my purpose?”

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