West Sound YFC began its ministry to the kids in Kitsap County over thirty years ago in 1982 when our first Executive Director, Mark Halland and five community members, Glen Anunson, Conrad Green, Pete Hill, Paula Michelsen, and Jean Sherrard obtained a local chapter charter from YFC USA. Our first ministry was to students attending North Kitsap High School.
Over our 30 plus years, WSYFC has had 6 Executive Directors: Mark Halland, Chris Clark, Ricki Brooks, Bob Cassis and Josh Hinman. Currently, Youth for Christ serves teenagers on school campuses through Campus Life, low-income neighborhoods through City Life, in juvie through Juvenile Justice, expecting and parenting teenagers in Parent Life, and kids in the foster care system.
Phil Daubenspeck, our current Executive Director, began his tenure in August 2016. He joined the WSYFC staff in August 2005 as the South Kitsap Campus Life Area Director, and throughout his time at YFC, Phil has demonstrated a passion and drive for ministering to hard-to-reach kids. Phil is responsible for development and stewardship, guiding the vision of West Sound YFC, community relations, and reporting to the Board of Directors.
In Kitsap and North Mason Counties there are approximately 30,000 youth ages 11-19. It is estimated that 4,500 of these are connected to a local congregation and attending church regularly. Our target is the remaining 25,500 youth. As a result, we have 6 core ministries targeted at building relationships with these youth, wherever they are found.
It is our foundational belief is that there is no young person too lost, no environment too broken, no community too disconnected from the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our missional focus is to enable youth to become leaders of change in their community by engaging them in relationship, equipping them with skills, and empowering them through leadership. Motivated by faith, available for all youth and committed to social involvement, Youth for Christ believes every kid can give life to their story.