Board of Directors

The Youth for Christ Board of Directors provides direction, oversight, and vision for the Executive Director and staff of West Sound Youth for Christ. We meet regularly for prayer, ministry updates and planning. 

  • Del Chittim
    Mr. Chittim serves as the Executive Vice President at Rescue:Freedom International. Prior to coming to Rescue:Freedom, Del served as the Executive Vice President of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and the Director of Finance, Development and Church Planting for the Northwest Ministry Network. Del has served as a consultant to over 350 non-profit organizations, has been a contributing author and has served as a University Professor for over 10 years. In his spare time, Del enjoys the outdoors and is an avid alpine climber and skier. Del co-founded Climb For Captives with Jeremy in 2008 which began his involvement with Human Trafficking. Del and his wife Kerri live in Silverdale, Washington with their three children Cole, Emma, and Faith.

  • Jay Ellis
    Mr. Ellis is currently the western Washington Account Manager for the Philips Respironics Home Healthcare Division. He previously worked as the Director of the Harrison Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center and Practice Administrator at Kitsap Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine in Kitsap County. Mr. Ellis is an active member of Liberty Bay Presbyterian Church in Poulsbo, WA, and has served as a deacon since 2010. Jay received a Masters in Social Work Administration at the University of Kansas, where he trained with CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties and Operation Breakthrough in the urban core of Kansas City Missouri. Mr. Ellis joined our board in June of 2011.

  • Jim Porter
    Board Chairman
    Pastor Porter is the Senior Pastor of North Mason Bible Church in Belfair, WA. He and his wife, Carrie, moved to Belfair in April of 2000 and Jim has been a member of our board since 2006. Pastor Jim believes "The heart of a healthy church is its love for God and His Word. The healthy church demonstrates God's love by being relevant to the community and sharing the message of Christ."

  • Joe Michelsen
    Mr. Michelsen is a commercial real estate agent with Windermere Realty of Silverdale, Washington. He and his wife Paula are members of Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo. Joe has been a member of the Board since 1993 and chairman since 1997.