Ministry through relationship


David WraightThis past year has been an amazing season of growth in the Youth for Christ movement around the world. We continue to see new and innovative initiatives put into action to impact young people with the gospel despite the challenges of an ongoing global economic crisis.

Youth for Christ’s web presence has been completely overhauled and leveraged to communicate to partners and donors a more comprehensive and compelling picture of the global reach of the Youth for Christ ministry, creating a greater awareness of the huge need still before us – billions of young people yet to be reached with the life-changing message of Jesus and His Kingdom.

Young leaders across the world, fueled by a pioneering passion, are expanding the reach of the gospel into many new nations, most of them closed to outside influences but open to indigenous leadership.

The continuing need to train, empower and deploy new and existing leadership drives the development of new resources to ensure the movement’s long-term viability and effectiveness in the task of giving every young person the opportunity to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

~ David Wraight

Worth the Wait


Sam WolgemuthEvery member of Youth for Christ International’s Board, whose members come from nine different nations, thanks you for your participation in the vital work of youth evangelism. God’s transforming love is what drives the staff and volunteers of Youth for Christ who reach out to lost and hurting young people in more than 100 countries in all parts of the world. Because of you there is growth in God’s Kingdom. We are grateful for you.

~ Sam Wolgemuth


Philippine School Ministry

Because of you...
The eternal value of reaching young people for Christ cannot be measured; however, these numbers allow us to celebrate what God is doing around the world because of you and the men and women of Youth for Christ.Thanks for your investment

Number of…
Nations where Youth for Christ ministers – 117
Young people impacted by direct ministry – 2.7 mil
Young people impacted by media ministry – 4.1 mil
Young people who responded to the Gospel – 282,719
Young people in follow-up & discipleship – 100,999
Local ministry centres- 720
Full-time, part-time & volunteer staff – 21,731
Registered prayer intercessors – 235,885
Churches that partner in ministry – 8,930

These figures are a compilation of statistics reported on Annual Ministry Reviews, with 98 Youth for Christ nations reporting. They are a close approximation but not absolute totals. Media ministry includes literature distribution, TV and radio programs and ministry being carried out via the internet.

Board of Trustees

Sam Wolgemuth, Board Chair – USA
Dean Rueckert, Deputy Board Chair – USA
David Wraight, President/CEO – Australia
Alfred Mc Donald, Secretary – Jamaica
Gunnar Lie – USA
Abraham Mantey – Ghana
Maarten van Helden – The Netherlands
Marcelo Gualberto da Silva – Brazil
Peter Halder – South Asia
Alfons Hildebrandt – Germany
Jean Baptiste Mugarura – Rwanda

Jamaican young people

World Leadership Team

David Wraight, President/CEO
John Bastian, Chief Financial Officer
Linda Stershic, International Prayer Director
Pieter Verhoeven, Chief Operating Officer
Larry Williams, VP of Ministries & Field Operations
Hilary Lewis-Nicol, Africa Area Director
Geordon Rendle, Americas Area Director
Neil O’Boyle, Asia Pacific Area Director
John Duncan, Europe, Middle East & North Africa Area Director

Financial Picture


The collective budgeted income and expense totals for all Youth for Christ ministry worldwide.

Worldwide budget

These figures are reported on Annual Ministry Reviews, with 82 Youth for Christ nations reporting financial figures.



Youth for Christ International Ministries is a nonprofit corporation and is exempt from income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. IRS Code and comparable state law. Donations to Youth for Christ International Ministries are tax deductible within the limitations prescribed by the Code. As a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, we adhere to high standards for fund raising and responsible stewardship. Audited financial statements and the opinion of Poysti & Adams, LLC, can be obtained by contacting John Bastian at the Youth for Christ International office.

View the 2010/2011 Global Ministry Overview in PDF format.

View the 2009/2010 Global Ministry Overview.