The Young Life Leader Blog Team
Ryan is the Area Director of Pitt County Young Life in Greenville, North Carolina. Ryan met the Lord through Young Life as a sophomore in high school, and then met his wife, Lindsay serving on the Work Crew together the following year. Individually becoming Young Life volunteers, Ryan and Lindsay have always felt a strong calling to the mission, and came on staff in 2010. Ryan is on the YLLB team as the Leader Development Strategist and creates and shares resources for leaders to help us reach the next kid for Christ.
Julie serves on the team as our WyldLife champion and is the National Director for WyldLife. She has worked for Young Life in the North Central Texas Region for 15+ years. She oversees alumni relations, communications, events and prayer for the region. She has been a volunteer WyldLife leader in Lake Highlands for 25 years. She thinks junior high kids are awesome and is always happy to talk about WyldLife. Julie loves her nephew and four nieces, and is a huge fan of USC football (her alma mater in Los Angeles, not the one in Columbia). As you can see from the picture, most WyldLife kids are taller than her.
Thalia is a student at Appalachian State University in the mountains of North Carolina. She met Christ in high school through Young Life and now is a volunteer leader with Young Life College. Thalia is pictured here with her College Life team at ASU. She serves on the YLLB team as our digital media specialist.
Drew Hill is a YL leader in Greensboro, NC and has led YL over the past 15+ years in Durham/Chapel Hill (NC), Concord/Kannapolis (NC), Colorado Springs (CO), Athens (GA), Littleton (CO).
In December of 2010 Drew started this blog as a small attempt to provide leaders with resources and connect them to one another. It has now grown into a resource visited by thousands of YL leaders from around the world each week.
When visiting the YLLB, you can expect to see around 4 new posts each week. The posts vary between practical club tips, encouraging stories, random contact work ideas, and guest posts from people like you.
If you have anything you would like to see on this site, please leave a comment on the blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or send us an old-fashioned email. If you have an idea or post you think other leaders could benefit from, please email me about contributing.
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Married to Natalie for 12 years, father to Honey (7), Hutch (4), & Macy Heart (2). I love to write, speak about Jesus, lead worship, play foosball, drink sweet tea, and the only thing ever on my Christmas list is more skit clothes for our costume closet. I'm an associate pastor at Church of the Redeemer.
92-96| West Forsyth High (Clemmons, NC)
96-00| University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
00-01| YL Staff (Durham/Chapel Hill, NC)
01-03| YL Staff (Cabarrus County, NC)
03-04| Dale House Staff (YL Partner Residential Care Facility for at-risk teens in Colorado Springs)
04-07| Youth Pastor (Athens, GA)
07-10| YL Staff (Littleton, CO)
07-10| Denver Seminary (Masters of Divinity)
10-17| Pastor/ YL leader (Greensboro, NC)
Drew's YL'd Ride
My adventure with YL began in 1995 during my senior year at West Forsyth High School (home of Chris Paul, best point guard in the NBA.)
I couldn't stand Young Life. For real, I hated it. I was a self-righteous church kid who didn't think lost people should be allowed to be part of a Christian club. One night my youth pastor taught on Luke 15 (the lost parables) and invited us to make a "prayer list" with names of 10 of our lost friends. I couldn't do it. All my friends lived in my Christian bubble, where it was safe and cool to put a bible verse on the back of your letter jacket.
That night God began to break down the judgmental walls in my heart and soon after I began to understand the mission of YL. In January of 1996 I went to my first YL camp at Windy Gap. God used my YL leaders and a camp speaker whose name I can't recall to reveal to me the Gospel in a way that changed me.
The next fall I entered The University of North Carolina, went through YL leader training, and became a Young Life leader at Northern Durham High. Five high schools and seventeen years later, I'm still in awe of the Jesus who saved me and allows me to share his love with my high school friends.
Thanks for visiting this site. I hope it becomes a place where we can hang out often. It's fun to think we get to lead this thing called "Young Life" in completely different places around the world, yet still doing it together.
"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but our very lives as well, because you had become so dear to us." 1 Thes. 2:8
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