Youth For Christ

Reaching young people in Lincoln

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Parent Life

Reaching Pregnant and Parenting Teens

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Campus Life

Reaching Teens in Public Schools

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Juvenile Justice Ministry

Reaching Jailed Teens

Our Focus

Introducing young people to Jesus at pivotal moments

YFC is a movement that reaches young people everywhere with the hope of Christ. We work with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement.

50 Years and counting Serving Lincoln, Raymond, Norris, and Ashland

Our pursuit: relational ministry rooted in Christ’s truth. 
His truth about community, empathy, and kingdom-inspired diversity guides our
 work and shapes our communities.

Matt Schulte

Matt Schulte

Executive Director

Matt Schulte 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 visiting national parks, playing board games, and studying the art crochet.

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Tyler Carter

Ministry Director

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.

Lexi Maendele

Office Super Hero

Lexi Maendele grew up in small town Nebraska and went on to study at Wayne State College. She served on ministry leadership for the campus ministry, Cru. There she met Chet and they later got married. Lexi loves her cat Gomer, candles, funny socks, and avocados. She enjoys practicing with Chet as he perfects his gymnastic floor dance routine.

Eldon Dietrich

Juvenile Justice Ministry Director

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.

Nate Kroll

Juvenile Justice Ministry Director

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 together and they have climbed Mt. Everest every year for their anniversary.

Allison Rusler

Juvenile Justice Ministry

Allison Rusler joins our Juvenile Justice Ministry team after previously serving our community as a probation officer. Her heart and passion for extremely at-risk teens is apparent when you meet her. She and her husband have two young children and frequently travel to the Arctic circle together.

Brooke Fullerton

Parent Life Director

Brooke Fullerton is our Parent Life Director. "Seeing the awesome work YFC does on social media and the lives that are impacted, I wanted to be part of such amazing Kingdom work," said Brooke. She has been volunteering with Parent Life at Northeast all school year; now she's on staff to continue serving the teen parents at Northeast and throughout the city. Originally from Superior, NE, she married her high school sweetheart, Dan. They have two children. She is a dance mom who loves playing with slime and watching tadpoles hatch.

Derek Farmer

Raymond Central - Campus Life Director

Derek Farmer grew up in New Mexico, chasing his wife’s dream of working at a church they landed in Ceresco. Derek and Maryruth have a new baby boy. Derek is working diligently to launch Campus Life at Raymond Central. He was a college baseball player, is a fan of the outdoors, and also was a child prodigy on Barney & Friends

Chet Maendele

Norris - Campus Life Director

Chet Maendele is a graduate of Wayne State where he briefly was the school mascot and more importantly where he served as the president of Cru. During his leadership there he navigated the ministry through the pandemic while also seeing many students come to Christ. He recently married his college sweetheart Lexi. He longs to appear on America’s Got Talent for his gymnastic floor dance routine.

Jake Salmans

Lincoln High - Campus Life Director

Jake Salmans, joins us after serving as a middle school youth pastor for many years in Omaha. Jake and his wife Kaelee live just outside of Lincoln. Jake has a real passion for at risk kids and dreams one day of opening a community center and a Waffle House.

Melissa Holmes

Melissa Holmes

Northeast HS - Campus Life Director

Melissa Holmes is our Campus Life director at Northeast High School and she has also served on the church worship team for more than a decade. Students love her joyful and intentional personality. She is a Northeast graduate and single handily sculpted the Northeast Rocket.

Amanda Kidder

Middle School Campus Life Director

Amanda Kidder joins our team after several years of volunteering. She is reaching middle school teens here in Lincoln where is is often surrounded by a crowd of girls who love to spend time with her. She comes to us via South Carolina, Lincoln Christian, and the first commercial flight into space.

Shannon Buzynski

Middle School Campus Life Director

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 heads up our ministries at Moore and Lux Middle Schools. As all good youth workers do, she loves her coffee. She loves her cat Parker. From that great love of cats, the small group Cats and Coffee was born!

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Micah Petersen

Mickle MS - Campus Life Director

Micah Petersen recently graduate from Crown College in Minnesota. He loves to talk theology and has a passion to see God's Word advanced among teens. He graduated high school right here in Lincoln. His father was a long time pastor in the Lincoln area. Micah maintains a theology blog as well as a blog on the advantages of recycling retainers.

Carmilla Pine

Campus Life Director

Carmilla Pine is a current student at UNL studying biology. She was a Campus Life kid in her hometown in California and helped start and run a club at her middle school. She has a great heart for reaching teens here in Lincoln and sharing with them the Good News.

Our Staff Leadership Team

Mike Anderson, Anderson Auto Group

"Youth for Christ has continually met kids in difficult places."

"Over the Past five decades, Youth for Christ has continually met kids in difficult places. With all that is going on in the world, we know teens need YFC’s programs now more than ever. I believe in the mission of sharing Christ with teens.”

Pastor Bryan Clark, Lincoln Berean Church

“Never in my lifetime have I seen a greater need"

"to intentionally care for and reach young people in our community. Our culture is changing at an alarming rate. If we are not able to ground our children and youth to navigate what is to come the results will be disastrous. The aim of Youth for Christ is to be a steady voice and presence in the lives of young people, intentionally building authentic Christ sharing relationships and walking alongside students in difficult situations."

Suzanne Geist, Senator

"I stand behind this project"

"Teens are struggling now more than ever. I stand behind this project as it will lead to more Godly men and women investing in the lives of teens."

Our Local Board Team

We're so excited to be able to nurture the lives of young people!

Our chapter board works diligently to ensure we are leading the ministry in a positive direction to reach young people in our area. This group of well qualified individuals from our community comes alongside our team through counsel, strategy, and accountability.

Craig Gies, Sampson Construction
Matt Schulte, YFC Lincoln Area
Fred Helmink, k12itc
Steve Tonkin, Questar Financial
Scott Lockard, Hampton Construction
Lea Ann Stephenson, HOME Real Estate
Jim Smith, Union Bank and Trust
Dr Tiffany Leonida , Healthy Start

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YFC USA & YFC International

A global movement to uncover God's Story in the next generation

As a ministry of YFC USA we are dedicated to acting as a local extension of the work being done nationally. We actively work to create engaging experiences for youth in our area.

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