Youth For Christ

Reaching young people in Garfield County

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.

Serving the Rocky Mountain Region since 1981


Our pursuit: Northwestern Colorado Youth for Christ desires to see a flourishing YFC club on every high school and middle school in our Roaring Fork and Colorado River Communities. Our desire is that every young person aged 11-19 years will have the opportunity to personally encounter Jesus prior to graduating from high school. The youth in our community will become an integral part of the body of Christ.

NWC YFC desires to see every young person, ages 11 to 19, have an opportunity to hear and to make an informed decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ and to become a part of the local church. We believe that our actions help to make students better. This, in turn, helps to make young people better adults. We want to see every young person transformed and redeemed by the love of Christ.

NWC YFC will play a role in aiding the spread of the Gospel to young people throughout our valley and the entire Rocky Mountain region. It’s through the roots established in this local family that these young people can further mature and find opportunities to serve and live out their new faith.

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    Jacob Bland, YFC USA President & CEO

    "This is our pivotal moment to serve the church"

    This is our pivotal moment to serve the church by creatively re-imagining youth ministry yet again. I believe the cultural conditions are right for us to experience the greatest youth revival our generation has ever seen. God has given us the right team to do this—and His hand is clearly on our mission.

    Libby Sanderson, executive director of Indian River YFC

    "The goal was to foster unity"

    The goal was to foster unity, both for the students as well as the parents and the local volunteers… It’s truly amazing to see God work in the lives of the students, and having that dedicated time to pray for this school year and what’s to come was incredibly powerful.

    Alexandra, YFC Denver

    "I didn’t know where God would use that redemption that He has given me"

    I always just kind of knew that was my story, but I didn’t know where God would use that redemption that He has given me through my life. Seeing in real life, the stories of the young people, showed me clearly that I was supposed to be involved to bring life to my story as well as to their story.

    Our 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.

    Director by brick wall

    Jim Yellico,

    area director near wall

    Zac Robinson,
    Area Director

    Elena Del Rio,
    Campus Life M Director

    Pete Schaffner,
    Campus Life Director

    Rosa Collier,

    Jim Hancock,
    Board Member

    Dendy Heisel,
    Board Member

    Laura Henderson,
    Board Member

    Kenna Wilson,
    Board Member



    Building Authentic Relationships

    Featured Story

    Building Authentic Relationships

    For YFC, the fragmented school year failed to slow down its mission of connecting with local young people. YFC was active throughout the summer, holding movie nights, summer camps, and other youth events. These events, while great for having fun and meeting local youth, have a more eternal purpose. Each creating doorways for an authentic Christ-sharing relationship.

    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.

    City Life Young people

    Partner with YFC

    Be a part of reaching the next generation

    Our Response to Covid

    Socially distant, spiritually together.

    There's no way around it, the ongoing pandemic has continued to shift ministry and serving the next generation in a variety of ways. Throughout this time we have continued to push God's kingdom further in creative ways. From virtual group meetings to outdoor events, we are committed to ministering to young people safely and intentionally.