West Sound YFC

West Sound Youth For Christ seeks community transformation through holistic and relational outreach to kids and families of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Email: admin@westsoundyfc.org

Phone: 360.779.9929

Fax: 360.841.7131

Address: 801 Pennsylvania Ave, Bremerton 98337

Registered 501(c)3: 91-1189379

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Who We Are

West Sound Youth For Christ seeks community transformation through holistic and relational outreach to kids and families of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Our mission is to reach young people, ages 11-19, across Kitsap and North Mason Counties.  Working together with the local church and other like-minded partners, we Engage young people in healthy relationships; Equip them with skills to live a balanced life - physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually; and Empower them to become committed to community engagement, social involvement and sharing the love of Jesus with those around them.  

Each month, throughout Kitsap and North Mason Counties, West Sound Youth For Christ engages with over 2,100 kids in schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts. Whether at the skate park, the detention center or coaching a teen mom through the struggles of parenting, Youth For Christ staff and volunteers show the love of Christ in tangible ways. While our faith motivates us to action, our programs are open to young people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

God has given us incredible opportunities. Youth For Christ is being asked to expand to meet the needs of the local community. However, we can't do this alone.

Click here to find out how you can get involved and make a difference in the life of a young person in our community.

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. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to reach young people, ages 11-19, across Kitsap and North Mason Counties.  Working together with the local church and other like-minded partners, we Engage young people in healthy relationships; Equip them with skills to live a balanced life - physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually; and Empower them to become committed to community engagement, social involvement and sharing the love of Jesus with those around them.

 

Our Vision

The vision of Youth for Christ is, as a part of the body of Christ, to see every young person in every people group in every nation have the opportunity to make an informed decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ and to become a part of a local church.

To view our Statement of Faith, the 5 Essentials, and 3Story click here.

 

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." --Phil Jackson

 

Our Staff

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Why do you work for YFC? I love to see young people find Christ and fulfill their destiny! To see a young person accept God's love and then go places, do things and live a life they never thought possible is the best job ever!

Executive Director

Phil Daubenspeck

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Why do you work for YFC? To help make a difference in kids lives through living out and sharing the message of Jesus.

Ministry Director

Josh Mathews

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Why do you work for YFC?  I believe  the ministry here is desperately needed.  I love being a part of a ministry that seeks out the lost and hurting, and engages kids no matter where they are or what they've done.

Office Manager

& Parent Life  Director

Suzie Lesco

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Why do you work for YFC? So no student at SKHS goes unnoticed.

City Life Center Director

Julian Kohlbrand

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Why do you work for YFC? I have spent the last 20 years working either for schools or for churches and this is a great way for me to be able to bring together the two worlds that I've been working in over the last 20 years for the sake of the Gospel. 

Central/North Kitsap Area Director

Bart Lesco

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Why do you work for YFC? I believe God has called me to work with teens during this season of my life.  The heart of Jesus is to leave the 99 to go after the 1.  Every teen deserves to know how much God loves them.  Choosing to work with kids in detention facilities makes some things even harder, but these kids are bright and articulate.  In most cases, they're just hurting and lost, and we are called to share the Good News with them.  I am eager to see what God wants to do in these kids' lives through this ministry and the generosity of believers.

Juvenile Justice Ministry Director

Adam Smith

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Why do you work for YFC?  I love working with teenagers because I know how much I needed to feel like I belonged somewhere when I was growing up! When I became a Christian at 15, my life changed forever, and I gained a family and a home.  When you have an experience as amazing as that, how can you not want to try to recreate that for someone else?!

Site Coordinator - Olympic HS

Marisa Matheny

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Why do you work for YFC? I work for Campus Life because I really love building relationships with teenagers. I think that teens get pushed to the side a lot because they're considered "too difficult", but I think the teen years are the best opportunity to invest in someone's life.

Site Coordinator - Poulsbo MS

Allison Sample

Our Board

Chair

Jim Porter

Treasurer

Joe Michelsen

Vice Chair

Jay Ellis

Board Member

Kim Betzing
 

Our History

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 7 Executive Directors: Mark Halland, Chris Clark, Ricki Brooks, Bob Cassis and Josh Hinman, and Phil Daubenspeck. Currently, Youth For Christ serves teenagers on school campuses through Campus Life, low-income neighborhoods through City Life, in juvie through Juvenile Justice, and expecting and parenting teenagers in Parent Life.

Phil Daubenspeck, our current Executive Director, began his tenure in August 2016.  He joined the WSYFC staff in August 2005 as the South Kitsap 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 4 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.

Click here to learn about YFC's National Story

 
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