Team Members

 

 

Ken Allen

Executive Director

Ken has been in full-time youth ministry since 1993 when he joined the staff of Youth for Christ/USA and the DC/LA Youth Conferences. He was a part of the operations team for DC/LA '94 and DC/LA '97 and was the Director of Operations for DC/LA 2000. In 2002, he joined  the National Association of Street Schools as the Development Director. In 2003, Ken joined Dare 2 Share Ministries as the Director of Events and Development. He was excited to come back to the YFC family with Denver Area Youth for Christ in 2011 as the Director of Development and Events.

Ken is passionate about bringing the Body of Christ together in partnership to join God where He is working! Building teams and encouraging them to greatness is a part of Ken's heart as a coach. Reaching young people for Jesus Christ is a calling Ken has had on his life since 1993.  

Ken is married to his wife, Cari, and they have served in youth ministry together with the DC/LA Conferences and as volunteer youth workers. They currently serve at Hillside Church in Centennial, CO. Ken and Cari have been blessed with three sons, Jacob, Ryan and Caleb.  

Mentoring young people is a huge need in the juvenile justice system. If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a young person, please email Ken.

Gareth Unruh


Chief Ministry Officer 

Gareth has been called to youth ministry since 1997, with the desire to see life-long followers of Christ transform the local Church and their communities. He is currently serving as the Chief Ministry Officer. 

Since joining DAYFC in October 2007, Gareth has been a bridge between the local church and the state facilities he works in, cultivating partnerships with churches and like-minded partners in different communities throughout the Denver Area and Front Range. He also serves, 

in a volunteer capacity, as a member of the YFC/USA's Juvenile Justice Ministry team and as a board member for Eagle's Nest Ministries, a ministry for pastors in crisis and in need of rest and recovery.

Gareth earned a BS in youth ministry at John Brown University and is an Ordained minister with the Rocky Mountain Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God.  Gareth is married to Jennifer, and is the father of three boys, Jake, Lawson and Eli. You can email Gareth here.

Tim Butler

Director of City Enagement

As a YFC Denver Chaplain for 35 plus years, Tim has had a wide range of experience. Tim started with YFC as a volunteer, leading Bible studies at Gilliam Youth Services Center. Soon YFC asked Tim to spearhead ministry in two new facilities. Under Tim’s leadership YFC expanded into the ten facilities that we are in today. Tim also played a crucial role in starting the ministry in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Greeley, all of which all are now their own chapter. 



On a national level, Tim served on a committee that provided training for staff in the southwest states. Partnering with the American Bible Society and the mentoring program known as Pathways, Tim helped develop the curriculum that is still in use. Tim also served as the YFC Denver City Life director for five years.

Tim graduated from Western Bible College in 1976 and was commissioned by his church as a minister of the gospel in 1982. Tim and his wife Joy have two adult children. You can email Tim here.

Cindy Nick

Chaplain

Cindy Nick was called to the ministry with YFC Denver Juvenile Justice Ministry, then as known Youth Guidance, and came on staff in July 1986.  Prior to this, her ministry training and experience came primarily from Prison Fellowship where she ministered to adult inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe, teaching God's Word and praying with inmates and serving on the care team that led the ministry. 

Cindy has served as a JJM Chaplain/Ministry Director at several juvenile facilities and group homes in the Denver/Boulder area and is currently serving at Adams Youth Services Center (AYSC) in Brighton and Devereux Cleo Wallace youth treatment center in Westminster. 

Her passion for this ministry to lost and hurting kids has deepened through years of watching God change the hearts of youth who were hopeless, angry and afraid, and has seen hundreds of these kids make decisions to follow Jesus.  She’s also been deeply inspired by the way the Lord continually calls faithful partners to pray, encourage and support this mission.

Cindy works with a team of volunteers who lead Bible studies and/or worship services at these juvenile centers. If you’re interested in joining Cindy’s team as a prayer partner, supporter or by volunteering or mentoring a youth, please email Cindy.

Claire Froehlich

Chaplain

Claire has been working in the Juvenile Justice Ministry with Youth For Christ since June 2009. Serving in youth ministry in Fort Collins, Estes Park, Yucatan, Mexico and Canberra Australia, Claire has also worked in worship ministry and administration with local Denver area churches. As a background in counseling, Claire is a certified addictions counselor.

Claire has a passion for discipleship and helping at-risk youth come to know the life-changing love of Jesus Christ. She serves on the YFC Juvenile Justice Ministry team as a Chaplain at Mt. View Youth Services Center.

Having grown up in Littleton, Colorado, Claire continues to enjoy the unique culture of Denver by attending plays, concerts, art shows, as well as skiing, biking and hiking the foothills with her dog, Eddie, every chance she gets. You can email Claire here.

Jill Meyer

Director of Parent Life

Jill has had a heart for ministry and at-risk youth since starting a mentoring program called ‘High School Buddies’ when she was a junior in high school.

Jill has served in many capacities at YFC Denver. She started as the Chaplain at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center and then became the director of the JJM program (then known as Youth Guidance). She has also served YFC as the Training Director and twice as interim Executive Director. She started the first YFC ministry to teen parents in 1982. The ministry served 250 teen parents in 13 locations around the Denver area at its height.

Jill left YFC Denver in 2004 to serve as the Program Director for Save Our Youth, a faith based mentoring organization serving at-risk youth in the Denver area. She is excited to be back ‘home’ renewing the local outreach to Teen Parents which is now called Parent Life. Jill can be reached by email here

Preston Adams

Chaplain

Preston began his college education at the University of Denver where he volunteered with the DU Bridge Project, mentoring urban, at-risk kids. This, along with various college courses, exposed him to some of the intense struggles urban youth face on a daily basis. He earned his bachelors in Mathematics, with a minor in Sociology at UNC. While in Greeley, he volunteered as a tutor, focusing on helping at-risk high school students.

Preston continued to pursue educational careers after college, when I accepted a job as a Math teacher at a charter school in Park Hill, serving predominantly low-income students. He wanted to be able to reach kids not just on an educational level, but on a spiritual level as well; constantly feeling the tug on his heart to enter full-time ministry.

Preston volunteered with Denver Area YFC in order follow the passion God had placed on is heart to help at-risk youth. Also, while working, he earned an MA in Christian Studies: Urban Ministry from Grand Canyon University and is finishing an MA in Theology from Liberty University. In 2013, God has opened the door for he and his wife, Francine to join the staff of DAYFC. Preston say, "We cannot wait to see what God has in store for us!" Email Preston here.

Kaylee Waldron

Chaplain

Kaylee grew up in a small town in southwest Michigan. During her junior and senior years of High School, God called her to youth ministry, specifically with incarcerated youth. In response to that call, Kaylee attended Colorado Christian University where she studied Youth Ministry and Theology. During college, Kaylee volunteered with YFC Denver, and led Bible Studies at a youth detention center called Mountview Youth Services Center.

She completed her YFC internship, learning from two of YFC’s Chaplains.  Kaylee has wanted to be a missionary with YFC since 2010, so it was a long awaited answer to prayer when God allowed her to come on staff in January of 2015!

As a Michigan native, Kaylee loves hockey. However, her love of the Detroit Red Wings is closely rivaled by her passion for theology, cats, and coffee. You can email Kaylee here.

Kevin Lengerich

Campus Life Club Director

Kevin has been in Denver doing Campus Life ministry in Denver since 2011 and loves every second of it.

He became a Christian during his sophomore year of high school, largely due to the ministry of Youth For Christ at his school in Decatur, Indiana. During his senior year, Kevin went on the Campus Life Florida trip. That week, he recognized his calling and decided to pursue a life in youth ministry.

Kevin spent the next four years at a small, Christian, liberal arts university in Indiana (Huntington University) and during that time, had the opportunity to volunteer with the local Campus Life ministry. Kevin says, "As a high school student, I was fortunate to have the stability of Campus Life, a youth group, and a family who wanted to help me grow. Many students do NOT have ANY of those benefits."

"I have witnessed a great deal of pain, instability and hopelessness among high school students. With your financial partnership as well as the love and care of adult volunteers, we can make an eternal impact on the lives of the students at Brighton High School, helping them to find faith in Jesus and to grow and learn how to navigate the challenges of this world as a Christian. Working with high school students, through the ministry of YFC, is the best way that I know to be able to impact kids’ lives!"

To connect with Kevin and find out about Campus Life in Brighton, email Kevin here.

Brandon Bowman

Campus Life Club Director

Brandon grew up in a Christian home on a small farm near Bluffton, Indiana. He married his wife Kassie in 2007 and moved to Fort Wayne. He first became involved with youth ministry as a part of the  leadership team for the youth group at the church they attended. He and his wife moved to Denver in July of 2014 to help plant a church. Brandon joined the Youth for Christ/Campus Life staff in July of 2016 as the Campus Life Director at Cherry Creek High School.

In his free time, Brandon enjoys cheering for his favorite teams, the Colts and the Cubs, and is actively involved in volunteering at his church. He also enjoys backpacking, playing baseball and tennis, and playing video games with his younger brother. Brandon and Kassie live with their “furry children,” three Chihuahuas and a cat.

To connect with Brandon and find out about Campus Life at Cherry Creek High School, email Brandon.

Andi Woodring

Campus Life Middle School Club Director

Andi is a Colorado native who was born and raised in Aurora. She attended Colorado Christian University where she earned her degree in Psychology and competed as a volleyball player. During her time at CCU, Andi also met her husband Nathan, and they now live in Parker. Through God’s faithfulness and orchestration, Andi started at Youth for Christ during the summer of 2014. She is passionate about sharing the life and love of Jesus Christ with others.

Andi loves Disney, spending time with her family, and enjoying the beauty of Colorado. She is excited about the amazing things that God is already doing, and all that of the things that are to come!

Please contact Andi to learn more about Campus Life at Sierra Middle School: Email Andi.

Justin Conant

Campus Life Middle School Club Director

Justin Conant is a Colorado native who attended Arapahoe High School. As I child, he went to his fair share of YFC events, where his father served on Campus Life staff for over twenty-five years. Justin attended and played baseball at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.

Justin loves his community and has been a youth baseball, football and basketball coach in the area for many years. In 2015, he joined the YFC Campus Life staff after seeking a vocational change and desiring to work with kids full-time. He is currently the director of Campus Life at Sagewood Middle School. Justin married his high school sweetheart Christy, and they reside in Parker, Colorado with their three children, Griffin, Signe, and Carson.

Please contact Justin to learn more about Campus Life at Sagewood Middle School: Email Justin.

Christina Johnson

Campus Life Middle School Club Director

Christina is a Colorado native, raised in the Parker area. Growing up in a Christian home, she began her journey with Christ at a young age. Church ministry, youth groups, and college ministry have been a key part in Christina’s journey of coming to know Christ. In January of 2016 Christina felt led to begin volunteering with Campus Life and was shortly after hired on as the director at Cimarron Middle School with Youth for Christ/Campus Life.

After graduating from Chaparral High School, she attended Colorado State University, earning a degree in Biological Science. Christina enjoys spending time with family and friends particularly outdoors. Raised with two brothers, she loves to hike, camp, and enjoy the beauty of Colorado.

Contact Christina to learn more about Campus Life at Cimarron Middle School: Email Christina.

Rose Stupansky


Campus Life High School Club Director

Rose was born in Rome, Italy and grew up in various parts of the world.  She considers Los Angeles her hometown as that is where Christ's amazing grace and redeeming love really got a hold of her and completely changed the course of her life.  She recently returned from a year long mission trip to 11 countries where she served in various ministries.  She discovered a deep passion for the things of God and to continue to live with a missional mindset.

Rose is married to William, a Denver native, who was also on the same mission trip.  That is what led her to Colorado, but she always knew it would be part of a bigger picture of what God desires to do in and through her life.  Campus Life is the answer to that prayer.  Rose is incredibly honored and excited to serve the Legend High School community through her position as Campus LIfe Director.  Growing and pursuing a living, vibrant, intimate relationship with Jesus is her greatest desire, most profound joy, and has been the most wonderful adventure! She longs to invite students into that journey with her.  Ephesians 3:14-21

Please contact Rose to learn more about Campus Life at Legend High School: Email Rose

 

Francine Adams

Administrative Assistant

Francine is a Colorado native and joined YFC Denver in May 2015. She was introduced to YFC through her husband, Preston Adams, who is Chaplain for Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center. She is currently the Administrative Assistant for Denver Campus Life. Francine has her Bachelor's in Mental Health Counseling. Working with Campus Life allows her to work with students, and she loves the many opportunities to mentor and build long lasting relationships.

Francine has always believed God's calling for her is to work with kids of all ages. She also has a knack for being quite organized and crafty. Both of which come in handy when doing her job for Campus Life. "I get the best of both worlds and love what I get to do!" Outside of YFC, she enjoys soccer, photography and spending time with friends and family. You can email Francine here.

 

 

Jackie Churchill

Events Coordinator

Jackie has been with Youth For Christ since October 1995.  For the first 10 years, she worked at the National Service Center as Event Manager for National Staff Events in the Leadership Development and Training Department.  During those years, she was also fortunate to serve at DCLA '97 and on several Project Serve trips to France.

After crisscrossing the country and the globe on behalf of YFC, she is now serving at the local level.  Since April 2015, Jackie has been working at Denver Area Youth For Christ.  She is an Events Team Member and works on a part-time, seasonal basis, helping with Auction, Golf, College Fair, etc.  She also volunteers at Campus Life Club at Sierra Middle School in Parker.

Outside of YFC, she manages her pilot husband's world, is involved in book club and Community Bible Study, and volunteers as a Whiz Kids tutor.  You can email Jackie here.

 

 

Heidi Brunsting

Executive Assistant

Heidi grew up in a Christian home in Colorado.  She earned her BA from Augustana University in Elementary and Middle School Education and Spanish and earned her MA from Denver Seminary in Christian Studies.  God called her to work with children and youth at a young age. Heidi served in the local church in high school, on a youth outreach team in college, and has served many years in full-time ministry as a Children's and Family Director in the local church. She has also worked with children ages preschool through high school teaching in the general classroom, as a reading specialist, working with English language learners, as well as children with special needs.  She sees each experience as an opportunity to show Jesus to the children, youth, and families she interacts with and to build solid relationships with them.

In her free time, Heidi also volunteers as a part of the Awana Colorado Ministry Team, serves in leadership with the International Ministry at her church, and is active in church missions, having served on short term missions teams for many years in (Juarez) Mexico and Ghana, as well as assorted domestic missions.

She is currently the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for Denver Area Youth For Christ.  Email Heidi here.