Speaker Information

Ryan Anderson • Breakout Presenter

Ryan lives in Peoria, Illinois, with his wife and two boys, Foster (2) and Jet (4). He has been a part of YFC for the last 10 years, serving as a Campus Life Director at Limestone High School and Middle School initially, and then moving into Richwoods High School, an inner-city school in Peoria. As of this year, Ryan transitioned into a new role as the Campus Life Ministry Lead, overseeing Campus Life High School, Campus Life Middle School, Campus Life Military, and Deaf Teen Quest. In his spare time, Ryan plays ice hockey, soccer, and golf — and also serves on the preaching team at his church.

 

Alisha Barnett • Breakout Presenter

Alisah has served with youth for 16 years and loves the mission of YFC. She says there is nothing like getting to walk through life with a young person, witnessing milestones and watching them grow in their faith and love of Christ. Alisha is a mom to two daughters, Ashlenn & Ellyette, who she describes as spunky, vivacious little Lady Bosses. On any given day, you can find them reading all the books, enjoying all the sweet tea, or playing with the family protector, Dax, the German shepherd.

 

Jake Bland • Main Session Speaker

Jake is Chief of Staff to the CEO at YFC. In this capacity, Jake supports the CEO by coordinating YFC’s national executive team, and by positioning the mission for future growth and sustainability. In October of 2018, he was also appointed by the board as President of the YFC Foundation, a unique entity that serves YFC’s ministries and generous families in the U.S. and around the world. Jake served YFC’s chapter in Peoria, Illinois, from 2003-2010 as a Campus Life Director, while teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Interactive Media Department at Bradley University. He holds a Master’s degree in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University and is a partner in his family’s Los Angeles-based film production company — Bland Productions, LLC.

Jake and his wife, Alison, live in the Denver area, where they attend Lighthouse Church. As a volunteer, Jake serves as an elder in their church and as the board chairman for Presence Point — a nonprofit organization that helps leaders live into their calling. The Blands have two children: Silas David (5) and Ivy Rehn (3). Their family loves traveling, music, movies, reading, coffee, spending time with friends, and exploring God’s creation in Colorado.

 

Myron Bernard • Emcee | Main Session Speaker | Breakout Presenter 

Myron Bernard began youth ministry in 2001 and began serving with Tacoma YFC in 2009. There, he had his life changed by the amazing young people who have shown him who Jesus really is. A proud father of four, Myron serves with Youth For Christ USA as part of the training team.

 

Bill Henson • Breakout Presenter

Bill is founder of Lead Them Home and creator of the nationally leading Posture Shift seminar. He has trained over 60,000 Christian leaders on biblically sound LGBT+ inclusion and care and has guided 5,000 families over the last 15 years. Bill trains national, regional, and local ministry teams across North America to extend Christ to LGBT+ people.

 

Eric Kelly • Main Session Speaker

He began his YFC career in Fort Wayne, Indiana, first as a Campus Life Director, then as a City Life Director before joining the National Service Center. After serving as the National Director of Juvenile Justice Ministry for 14 years, Eric has recently transitioned to the role of National Chapter Advancement Lead at the NSC.

As the National Juvenile Justice Ministry Director, Eric and his team added over 70 new JJM sites to the ministry. Today, YFC works with over 17,000 teens in 150+ juvenile facilities across the United States.

Eric has a Master’s degree in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Religion with a Secondary Education Certification from Kalamazoo College. He and his wife, Megan, live in Cascade, Colorado, just west of Colorado Springs. In his free time,Eric chases tornadoes — his videos have been featured on The Weather Channel, CNN, ABC, and CBS.

 

Lynette Madrigal • Emcee | Main Session Speaker

Lynette is a minister of the Gospel and a lover of her city. She is a Latina with a heart to seek the prosperity and shalom of Fresno. In hopes of fulfilling this task, she compounds her love for God, this city, and its people. Lynette comes from a small immigrant family, who came to the U.S. from Mexico in the 90s. Field work isn't something new to her; in fact, she knows a thing or two about picking grapes and packaging peaches. Yet God in His grace and mercy has placed her in a new field: ministry. She now gets to reach youth from all walks of life, in hopes that they would become lifelong followers of Jesus. Lynette has a B.A. in Psychology and now serves as YFC Fresno/Madera's Associate Ministry Director. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Community Leadership and Transformation from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. She enjoys working out, traveling, reading, and community engagement. You can often catch her at local coffee shops from time to time or serving at Willow Avenue Mennonite Church.

 

Darrin Miller • Breakout Presenter

Darrin has been with Youth For Christ for the past 16 years and has served both locally in Tacoma, Washington, and for the National Service Center. In Tacoma, he served as the Youth Guidance Director, the City Life Director and the Juvenile Justice Ministry Director from 2005 to 2012. Darrin began serving as the City Life National Director in 2012 and has recently become the Community Ministry Lead, overseeing JJM, Parent Life, and City Life. He holds a Bachelor's of Science from West Point and a Master's of Arts from Faith Seminary. Darrin has been married to his wife, Suzanne, for 31 years and has six children and one grandson.

 

Michael Peters • Main Session Speaker

Michael has served at Greater Cleveland YFC since 2007, first as a Campus Life Director and most recently, as the Ministry Director for the Chapter. He got connected with YFC shortly after a year-long deployment in Iraq with the Ohio National Guard. He also serves as co-pastor of The Rock church in Garfield Heights. As a young man, Michael says he often felt invisible, even to God, so he felt called to ministry with young people to show them that Jesus indeed sees them and that He is more than enough for them.

Michael has been married to his wife, Melissa, for 16 years, and they have three children, Sylvia(13), Ella (10), and William(8.) He enjoys all things Cleveland, Hamilton the Musical, and Batman, running, basketball, and watching sports.

 

Nygel Simms • Breakout Presenter

Nygel was first connected to the YFC mission in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2014. He began to serve in his local chapter first as a volunteer, then as a City Life Director, Regional Director, and now YFC’s National City Life Lead. Nygel resides in Fort Wayne, where he serves on several Fort Wayne committees, including Public Art, chairman of Community Schools Youth Group Coalition, South Side High School STEAM, Fort Wayne United, and board member for Great Kids Make Great Communities.

Nygel has a heart to equip and inspire youth workers. He is passionate for lost young people who experience hopelessness, to no fault of their own, to encounter the love of Jesus like he has multiple times throughout his life. Some of Nygel’s hobbies are: tennis, basketball, spades, euchre, cheering on the Lakers, learning, traveling, and spending quality time with his family and friends.

 

Jessica Taylor • Main Session Speaker

Jessica lives in Portland, Oregon, and serves as Special Advisor to the President at YFC. She leads our Culture Team and helps us specifically focus on living out our mission with the goal of serving kids from every background. Her passion for inclusion and for bringing about the kingdom of God in tangible ways drives her to open doors so all people would come to know Christ and His love.

 

Dan Wolgemuth • Main Session Speaker

Dan is serving as the ninth president of YFC USA and is in his fifteenth year of tenure. He has always enjoyed connecting with the greater YFC family at events over the years and is looking forward to being with the greater YFC movement for this year’s MLC. He and his wife, Mary, live in Denver and when not at a YFC function, stay busy with their 11 grandchildren.