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, Development Associate
  • Beth Tekolste, Community Engagement Coordinator

 

Leadership Academy Interns: Ally Niday and Mykala Simons

Meet Our Staff Team

  • Amanda Meers 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. 

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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 Schools. 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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  • Amy Glasser joins our team with a myriad of experiences working in social work. She has 3 kids and 2 cats at home which have occupied the majority of her attention for 10 years. Amy heads up all of our office work and office volunteers. She has been known to sing loudly and collect cabbage patch dolls. It's a thing. 

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  • Beth TeKolste is stepping into a new role as our Community Engagement Coordinator. 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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  • 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

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  • Chet Maendele Is a graduate of Wayne State where he briefly was the school mascot and more importatenly 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.

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  • Christopher Banks loves people and loves Jesus. He has a great knack for reminding us of who we are and whom we serve. He and his wife attend Norhteast SDA church and have a beautiful daughter. In addition to his service here at YFC Christopher is a professor at Union College for international business and basket weaving.

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  • 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

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Melissa Holmes is a youth worker at Radiant Church where she has also served on the worship team for more than a decade. Students love her joyful and intentional personaility. She is a Northeast graduate and single handily sculpted the Northeast Rocket.  

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  • 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 https://www.tismercyall.com/ as well as a blog on the advantages of recycling retainers

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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 together and they have climbed Mt. Everest every year for their anniversary
     
     
  • Pat Williams holds the title of “Lifetime Achievement in YFC.” She has been secretary to four out of the five Lincoln YFC Executive Directors. She's mostly retired but has rejoined this year to help out with some of the office work. Outside of Campus Life, Pat enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a lover of all things green, Indian food dishes, sushi parties, and Indiana Jones

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  • Robbie Weber brings a passion for ministry and does a fantastic job ministering to middle school kids. He and his wife recently relocated to Lincoln in time to have their first child. He is self described as "perfectly awkward" for middle school ministry. He loves a good laugh and showing off his collection of narwal figurines. 

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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 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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  • Tim Maas restarted Campus Life in Ashland! We're thrilled to have this site open again. Tim has been partnering with the ROC Youth Center since January 2018 to minister to teens and their families.  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. Tim loves to grill and smoke BBQ. His former days in the Air Force allowed him to enjoy California. He even danced with elephant seals. 

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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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