The Youth for Christ Lincoln area staff consists of paid and unpaid, full, part, or quarter time staff serving youth across the city.  Our current ministry leadership team consists of:
 
  • Matt Schulte, Executive Director
  • Tyler Carter, Ministry Director
  • Dr. Tiffany Leonida, Parent Life Director

 

Leadership Academy Interns with their fearless leader (left to right): Maddie Pressler, Adam Forrester, Keeli Boesiger, and Collier Buttgen.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our Staff Team

  • Emily Allen is joining our team in the front office. She comes with 14 years experience as a Digital Pre-Press Specialist at UNL Printing and Copy Services. She's excited to begin this part-time adventure with a faith-based organization. Emily's married to Steve, and they have two daughters. She has a plethora of hobbies like knitting, quilting, hunting, fishing, camping, reading, crafts, and extreme ironing. It's a thing. 

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  • Shannon Buzynski hails from Columbus, NE and was a Campus Life student there. After graduating early from high school, she was hired on as an assistant with her Campus Life group. She loved doing ministry and went on to participate in Christ Place Leadership College. She still helps with middle school ministry at Christ Place and she'll be on our middle school Campus Life team. As all good youth workers do, she loves her coffee. When it comes to animals, she waffles between cats and canarys once owning both but that didn't work out well.

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  • Tyler Carter joined our high school Campus Life staff after hearing about YFC's ministry at his son's birthday party. He's now serving as Ministry Director. Tyler's background is in Business/Management. Tyler is eager to help people overcome the lies and false paradigms that keep them from the Freedom of Christ. Tyler, his wife, Karen, and their three children love writing, reading, and hand jiving. 

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  • Eldon Dietrich joined our Youth for Christ staff in January 2012 as the chaplain for our Juvenile Justice Ministry. Eldon had been volunteering at the detention center for many years. He has a heart to see young people facing incarceration find hope and transformation in the message of Jesus Christ. Eldon is married to Mary; they have four children and three grandchildren. In his spare time Eldon enjoys golfing and go-kart racing. 

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    Give to Eldon's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/juvenile-justice

  • Adam Forrester is the Campus Life leader at Mickle Middle School and Lefler Middle School. He is also the youth pastor at Northeast Missionary Church. He originally hails from Canada but graduated from Bethel College in Indiana. He and his wife, Andrea, enjoy taking drives into the country, and Adam plays lullabies on his guitar every night to help his dog fall asleep. 

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  • Anthony Godtel was born in Norfolk and has done a lot of moving, both as a child and as an adult. He came to us from pastoring in Clay Center. He is running Campus Life at Norris Intermediate School and Moore Middle School. He also helps with the Norris high school group. He was part of a youth-led youth group in high school and is eager to continuing studying and sharing the Bible with kids, including his own three, Gabe, Josh, and Audrey. The first two years of Anthony and his wife, Jamie's, marriage, they only ate sushi with eel sauce for breakfast. 

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    Give to Anthony's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/staff-anthony-and-jamie-godtel

  • Jamie Godtel is our YFC Shared Services bookkeeper. Jamie also volunteers with Campus Life at Norris. Married to Anthony Godtel, they are a stellar team teaching kids about Jesus for over 11 years, first and foremost their own kids: Gabriel, Joshua, and Audrey. Jamie is a musical junkie and she loves a good scat.

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  • Nathan Kroll has been with YFC since the beginning of time and has worked in every position possible. Nathan is part of the Juvenile Justice Ministry team. Nathan started his ministry career at Norris High School, and he still talks to students he had then. He is the campus pastor at Christ's Place West Point Campus Church. Nathan and his wife, Sandi, serve in ministry toggether and they have climbed Mt. Everest every year for their anniversary. 
     
     
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  • Dr. Tiffany Leonida is our Parent Life Director. Bringing her education in chiropractic with specializations in pediatrics, pregnancy, and childbirth, Tiffany has a deep desire to honor and aid those teens who have chosen life. Tiffany works alongside her husband, Alex,  at Healthy Start Family Chiropractic and Wellness. They have two daughters and live on a homestead with chickens and their great pyrenees dog. Tiffany loves volleyball, hiking, and the mountains. She has mastered the art of getting up from a snow angel without blemishing it just like on TV. 

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  • Kyle Lindgren volunteered for Parent Life for years. He came on staff with Parent Life in 2015, and helped with JJM work in the detention center. He recently transitioned to full-time with JJM as the chaplain at a youth facility in Omaha. Kyle is also the youth pastor at Zion Church. He enjoys serving alongside his wife, Chelsea, who also volunteers for Parent Life. They have four children of their own. In the summers, they like to visit the Kansas City Zoo and their favorite hippo they've named Beatrice.
     
     
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  • Tim Maas has restarted Campus Life in Ashland! We're thrilled to have this site open again. Tim has been working with students at the ROC Youth Center since January 2018.  He has a passion to work with youth and young adults because when he was their age, he greatly valued having an adult who would listen to him, talk to him, and share why a relationship with Jesus is so important in our lives. 

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  • Nate O’Keefe was a Campus Life junkie all through his middle and high school years. Then, Nate volunteered and served on high school staff for years.  Now he's doing design and media work for us in addition to working full-time at an engineering firm. He and his wife, Jackie, celebrated five years of marriage this spring with a potoo bird adventure through the jungles of Central and South America.

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    Give to Nate's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/yfc-lincoln

  • Laura Ottley is working remotely from Wyoming as communications specialist.  Laura graduated from UNL with a secondary education Language Arts degree. She's married to Trey and loves being at home with their two children, Aspen and Owen. She's also glad to spur on the ministry, which was instrumental in many of her friends' salvation, from afar. Laura has memorized the entire “V” book of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

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    Give to Laura's mininistry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/yfc-lincoln

  • Annie Rohde is on our Parent Life team. She has her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal & Child Health. While getting this degree, Annie volunteered in the parenting classes at Lincoln High, which our Parent Life staff co-teach. Annie's passion for women who are in the early stages of their parenting journey and her passion for Jesus found the perfect combo gig in Parent Life. Annie is married to Philip, and they have two young sons: Brooks and Jude. Annie enjoys playing outdoors, including but not limited to, mutton bustin', buggy racing, and tombstoning.

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  • Matt Schulte and his wife, Kristin, moved to Lincoln from Chicago in 2011 to serve as the Executive Director of Youth for Christ Lincoln area.  He has grown up knowing and believing in the mission of Youth for Christ. He has a passion for pointing teenagers to Christ and desires to see ministry flourish in every high school, middle school, and detention center in the Lincoln area. Matt loves spending time with his wife and four children, reading, and studying parakeets. 

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    Give to Matt's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/yfc-lincoln

  • Trenton Seegers is a farm kid from South Dakota. One of six siblings, he loves leading worship; the piano is his instrument. Trenton graduated with his Associates in Ministry from West Coast Bible College and he is working toward his Bachelors in Business Administration. He also just graduated from Christ Place Leadership College. He is excited to join our Campus Life team and see how God will use this opportunity for good. Trenton is a dog person, an Apple user, and a Pass the Pigs enthusiast.

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  • Beth TeKolste is our Campus Life at Norris High School leader. She was involved in Children's Ministry at First Free Church in Lincoln for years and is now going on the adventure of ministry to teenagers. She and her husband Brian have four children; she loves attending their activities as well as doing water sports, working in the yard, exercising, and going to movies. She dreams of playing Anne of Green Gables on the big screen.

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    Give to Beth's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/staff-beth-tekolste

  • Josh Trexel is on staff with high school Campus Life. He's lived in Lincoln since 2005. Though growing up in a Christian family, it wasn’t until his sophomore year of college when he truly developed a relationship with God. He's always loved working with teens so he's thankful to have this opportunity to invest in youth through Campus Life. Josh has visited 40 of the 50 United States and he loves all sports, especially basketball and water polo.

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