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. 

  • John Bass - Board Secretary

    Mr. Bass holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Social Science from Regis University.  John was an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army; he retired with 20 years of service in 2012.  Since then, John continues to serve in the community as a Deputy Sheriff in Kitsap County.  John is a past member of the Liberty Road Foundation and coaches several teams his children are involved in.  John and his wife Kristy have been married for fifteen years.  John joined the board in October 2016.

  • Kim Betzing

    Mrs. Betzing attended Montana State University and Life Bible College studying Biology and Pastoral Ministry, respectively.  She is an active volunteer in the Central Kitsap School District and recently served as the parent rep on the hiring committee for the new KSS assistant principle.  Kim and her husband, Andrew, have been married for 19 years and have 2 sons.  She is a former staff member and volunteer for West Sound YFC and joined the board in February 2018.

  • Jay Ellis

    Mr. Ellis holds a Masters in Social Work Administration from the University of Kansas, where he trained CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties and Operation Breakthrough in the urban core of Kansas City Missouri. He is currently a Sleep Sales Consultant Account Manager for the Phillips Respironics Home Healthcare Division in Western Washington and Alaska and 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 a Deacon at Liberty Bay Presbyterian Church in Poulsbo, WA. He joined the board in June of 2011.

  • Jim Porter - Board Chairman

    Reverend Jim Porter earned a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary. He has been serving as the Senior Pastor of North Mason Bible Church since March of 2000. During this time he has served on the board of Celebrate Life in Belfair, WA and is involved with the North Mason Resource Center. Rev. Porter has also served in various capacities with North Mason High School, including as a member of the site committee addressing concerns of staff and students, a member of a special committee evaluating effectiveness of the daily schedule, and a member of the committee for hiring a new district superintendent. He joined the YFC Board in 2005 and has served as the President since September, 2012.

  • Joe Michelsen - Treasurer

    Mr. Michelsen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Washington University and a Masters in Management from Pepperdine University. Mr. Michelsen was a Naval Aviator, active duty from 1970-1979 and in the Naval Reserves from 1979-1991. Since then, he has been involved in commercial real estate in Kitsap County and the Puget Sound region where he has gained experience in brokerage, development, leasing and sales. Presently, he is a Commercial Realtor with Windermere Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Michelsen serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Northwest Title of Kitsap County and Liberty Bay Bank. He has been head of a youth soccer organization in Kitsap County, a Rotarian, and a Trustee at his church, Gateway Fellowship. He has been on the board since 1993.