Our staff are YFC's #1 asset. We have a great crew of people who have committed themselves to ensuring the Westman area is a place where young people can find hope - hope for the future, for life's challenges, for employment, for getting life on track even when challenges try to throw us off. It is our dream that no young person ever has to go hungry - spiritually, physically, relationally or emotionally.

We are looking for staff who love God and care about young people. If those things describe you, then Youth for Christ may be the perfect place for you. Contact us if you are interested in exploring a staff position here.

Youth Worker

Bryce has been with Westman Youth for Christ for 3 years. He is married to Nikki who also has recently started at YFC. Bryce loves working with youth and has a passion for helping those with addictions to know who God is and develop a better fulfilling life for themselves.

Youth Worker
Jennifer came to the Uturn team, as a youth worker, because she was inspired by the way we help those who are struggling and she is excited to work together with the youth in our community. She has her Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychology and uses it to help people make the most of their lives and to know Jesus more.
Jennifer is laid back, with a hidden stubborn streak and a craving for travel that is always bubbling beneath the surface. Her success in cooking is generally limited to pizza and brownies. She is easily pleased by many things, including but not limited to, dogs, books, flowers, guitars, recycling, organic chocolate, hearing people’s stories, and working on a team of fabulous people for a life-changing purpose. Feel free to hunt her down around town, stop her, and get a coffee together. She would love to talk to you about how God is working in her life and in the lives of Brandon’s youth.  Ask her how you can become involved in this ministry that has captivated her!
Director of Operations

Shaun began working with Youth For Christ in Uturn about 2 years ago as a Youth Worker, and recently stepped into the role of Director of Operations. Shaun loves his new role as it gives him the ability to not only mentor youth from homelessness to independence, but share that experience and ask others to join in as well. Shaun is a certified teacher and loves walking alongside staff, volunteers, and youth, hearing their stories and spending time sharing with them, and learning from them.

Shaun has a lovely wife Vicki, and two beautiful daughters, Emily and Kylie. They are the joy of his heart and they drive him to become the man he desires to be. Shaun is the tallest member of the Youth for Christ family. You’ll find him ducking through a few doorways and driving larger than average cars. He loves to play volleyball and spend time working out at the gym. When you encounter his towering frame in the community – take a minute and join him in enjoying a cup of coffee. He would love to hear your story and share more of his stories with you too!

Development Manager

Wayne currently works with the ministry of Uturn, specifically Uturn 3 as Development Manager. He has worked with YFC since 1998, beginning with MacGregor/ Gladstone as Area Director for 11 years before moving over to Uturn. Wayne is also a certified counselor and finds people fascinating. The greatest privilege of his role is to be able to hear the stories of the people he works with.

Wayne has been married to Julie for 16 years and they have three fantastic children; Olivia, Grace and Cooper. Family time is essential for Wayne and he loves going for bike rides, playing indoor hockey, visiting the park or making living room tents with his kids. In his leisure time Wayne enjoys playing the guitar, fishing and just relaxing on his deck with Julie.

LITGROUPS Staff

Becky Buhler serves full-time in the Literacy Ministry.  A very nice biography of her will be available here once she or her supervisor writes one.

Executive Manager

Dawn was born and raised in Westman. She married Gary in 1993 and they have two adult daughters. Dawn Loves living in the country, and spending time with family and the critters on the farm. Her hobbies include art, crafts, writing nagging e-mails and posting signs around the YFC office.

Dawn Joined the YFC staff in the spring of 2010 as the office administrator, her roll has expanded over her time with YFC to Executive Manager. She is passionate about her position here at YFC, cares deeply for the staff that she works with and the youth that she encounters through her work here. In addition to the skills and administrative aptitude she brings, Dawn has a deep passion to see others follow Jesus.

Executive Director

Dwayne is the Executive Director of Westman Youth For Christ. Dwayne is married to Roxanne, they have a couple of very active, head strong children. This is a trait they inherited from their mother. Dwayne’s greatest desire is to mobilize Christians to share their lives and faith with normal young people who need to find Jesus within community.

Satellite Staff

Kyle Martens is the drop in coordinator for The Hideout in Virden. He is married to Susan who is the community coordinator at The Hideout and his organizational coach. His desire is to introduce youth to the amazing person of Jesus and his kingdom in the world.

LITGROUPS Staff

information coming soon!

LITGROUPS Coordinator

Roxanne is the Literacy Centre Coordinator. She is married to Dwayne and shares the same children. In addition to volunteering at her kids school, substitute teaching, leading a worship team and training for her next triathalon, she leads a group of volunteers, staff and student leaders as they provide literacy support for students and parent.  She enjoys having her own office space.

Satellite Staff

Susan has been the Community Coordinator at YFC Virden since 2015. She is married to Kyle, who also works at YFC Virden. Susan primarily works as a voice and piano teacher in town, but wanted to be more involved in YFC after meeting the kids at the Hideout. She now answers to the name “drop-in mom”.

Project Serve

Stine started working for YFC in September 2017. She is leading Project Serve which is a ministry designed for youth in grades 9-12 who want to learn more about serving the community they live in, and the world at large. Project Serve’s vision is to “effectively and passionately serve God and others, both locally and globally”. Stine loves her job with Project Serve since it gives her the opportunity to help disciple young people and to facilitate for mission trips abroad.  She is a teacher by profession, and she likes working with people and hearing their stories.

Stine is married to Russ, and in 2015 they moved from Norway to Manitoba with their three children, Miriam, Karina, and Nicholas. Russ is a farmer, and together they enjoy living on their new farm in Rivers. They have served with YWAM in Norway where Stine staffed and then directed Discipleship Training Schools (DTS). They also worked with Partners Relief and Development in Thailand for seven years helping refugees on the Thai-Burmese border. One of Stine’s passions is travelling, and even though flying is not her favourite thing she will gladly do it to reach a new destination and share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Brandon Office Staff

Ruth was raised in Western Manitoba as part of a large family.  She was involved in her church with Sunday school teaching and youth group, choir, and treasurer in the latter years. She has always been interested in the youth in the community. Ruth is happy to be part of the Youth for Christ staff here in Westman as part of the office administration team and we are happy to have her serving with us.

Project Serve

Nikki became familiar with Youth for Christ through her husband Bryce and his work with the Uturn program. Inspired by his ministry work, she felt she was being called to serve as well and began working with YFC and Project Serve in January of 2017. Nikki has a great passion for helping high school students discover and grow their faith for Jesus Christ. She excited to see where God leads her in her future work with YFC and Project Serve.

Nikki and Bryce Pettinger were married in the fall of 2016 and are currently learning the ins and outs of being newlyweds. They share a passion for the lord, lifting heavy things in the gym, and being outdoors attempting to interact with Manitoba’s wildlife.

Uturn

Jon started with Youth For Christ in the Uturn program in Jan of 2017.
His desire to see people grow and change is what lured him into working in
Uturn. Some might say that Jon is old fashioned, but he prefers to think
of himself as “classic”. He has been married to his wife Kristina since
2013 and although neither of them had planned to stay in Brandon when they
first came here, they have found Brandon has become home. Despite office
peer pressure, Jon has held firm in his blue collar roots with Tim
Horton’s as his preferred choice of coffee.

Satellite Staff

Caleb has been working on establishing a YFC satellite in Russell Manitoba since October 2016. He has been married to Bekah since 2013 but planning to enjoy the “child free” life for a couple more years. Caleb’s heart is to provide a safe, fun space in Russell for youth to build social trust, find healthy relationships and fall in love with Jesus.

for more info check out their website http://www.yfcrussell.com

Uturn

Robyne has been working with Uturn since late 2016.

LITGROUPS Staff

Kristen is from Portage la Prairie and in her second year in the
Integrated Education program at Brandon University. Kristen’s hopes are to become
a early/middle years teacher as she love working with kids and is passionate
about helping them learn and reach their full potential. She volunteered
with LITGROUPS last year and enjoyed it so much that she decided to
come on as part-time staff at YFC to lead the King George School’s
program.