Youth For Christ

Reaching young people in Kern 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.

64 Years and counting Serving Kern County

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.

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Adam Capehart

Executive Director

Started in 2005.

Araya Gutierrez

Director of Volunteer Services

Started in 2013.

Esmeralda Soto

Ministry Staff

Started in 2021.

Hannah Slechter

Director of Parent Life

Started in 2018.

Jason Bachinski

Camp Director

Started in 2020.

Jerry Buzzell

Chief Financial Officer

Started in 1991.

Jon Plumley

Director of Juvenile Justice Ministries

Started in 2015.

Josh Heimiller

Chief Operations Officer

Started in 2014.

Judi Ferrandini

CL Ministry Leader

Started in 2018.

Julio Regla

Associate CLM Director

Started in 2021.

Laura Mitchell

CL Ministry Leader

Started in 2020.

Rebekah Cornell

Associate CL Director

Started in 2014.

Sierra Phillips

CL Ministry Leader

Started in 2017.

Steve Gold

Director of Campus Ministries

Started in 2022.

Teresa Franetovich

Director Emeritus Parent Life

Started in 2011.

Terri Capehart

Director of Project Serve

Started in 2009.

Wade Slechter

Chief Ministry Officer

Started in 2016.

Casey Corbett

Campus Life Intern

Started 3/1/2023.

Corban Maxwell

Campus Life Intern

Started 4/1/2023.

Josiah Caploe

Campus Life Intern

Started 6/16/23.

Michaela Love

Campus Life Intern

Started 6/16/23.

Joshua Beierschmitt

City Life Staff.

Started August 2023.

Rick Shaw

City Life Staff

Started 10/16/2023.

Our Team

Youth for Christ of Kern County

Board of Directors

Seth Johnson

Kurt Sturz

Phil Klassen

Ken Beurmann

Judy Miller

Kelly Lopez

Taylor Roche

Warren McDaniel

Gianna Beurmann

Adam Capehart


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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.