Leadership

Main Place Youth is governed by a Board of Trustees, caring volunteers who have the responsibility for seeing that the mission of Main Place Youth is carried out and that the programs are soundly financed. The staff consists of an Executive Director, Program Director, Christian Development Coordinator, two Teaching Parents and a tutor. We are also blessed to have volunteers to help support our mission.

 

Main Place Youth Staff

 

Executive Directors, Pastors Bryan and Julie Parker

bryan@mainplaceyouth.org

Bryan and Julie’s calling is to offer an environment at Main Place Youth filled with the grace and truth of God where girls ages 12-18 can experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Adolescence is a stressful time in every girl’s life, but especially with the pressures and temptations in today’s world. Bryan is an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God and has spent the last 12 years in pastoral ministry. He has degrees in preaching and evangelism and pastoral ministry. Julie is a licensed minister in the Assemblies of God and has a degree in church music. Their passion to see people cross from darkness to light (Ephesians 5:8), led them to offer their God given giftings to further the mission of Main Place Youth beginning in September 2016. Together, with the team of volunteer board members, staff, and other professionals we prayerfully seek to touch lives with the power of Christ.

Program Director, Pastor Valerie Knepper

valerie@mainplaceyouth.org

Valerie has a passion for the next generation and loves her ministry at Main Place Youth. Before moving to Kansas, she served as a youth sponsor in her hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin and understands the struggles many residents endure of being so far away from family. God has provided Valerie with a loving husband, his family, and a large church family to fill in the gap while residing in Kansas. Having previously served as a Teaching Parent and as the Christian Development Coordinator, Valerie brings a tremendous amount of understanding to support the staff and residents as the Program Director. Valerie is a licensed minister in the Assemblies of God with a degree in Youth Ministry from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. 

Teaching Parent/Parent Correspondent, Ella Riddle

staff@mainplaceyouth.org

Ella was beginning her final year of nursing school when she felt the Holy Spirit calling her away from the security of the medical field. Ella always knew she would serve hurting young women, the Lord simply brought it about sooner than expected. As our youngest on staff at 23 years old, our Wichita native understands the world our teens are living in as it wasn’t long ago she was dealing with those same temptations. Ella has spent several years volunteering in the church and working with teens. She has gone on several mission trips across the country and abroad reaching out to the youth of the world.

Teaching Parent, Jessica Moody

Jessica’s calling is to demonstrate Christ’s love to others, while encouraging them to grow in their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jessica journeyed to Kingman, KS hope-filled to help these young ladies know that they can have an abundant, fruitful and joyful youth with our Creator. Jessica grew up working on her family’s small dairy farm in upstate New York. She never knew exactly what her purpose was, she acquired some college credits, had random small jobs and than had a career with Harley Davidson products for over fifteen years. For the past couple of years, God kept tugging at Jessica’s heart to work with teens and young adults. Not sure where that was going to take her, she kept seeking and listening to God’s voice. She began a semester in nursing school, but switched to an Associate degree in Liberal Arts, completed in May of 2016. Jessica has taught in children’s Bible school at Redeeming Love Gospel Church in Troy, NY, was a greeter for City Church in Albany, NY and knew that one day God would put her faults, failures, and giftings to good use for our Father God’s Kingdom.

Teaching Parent, Melissa Brooks

Melissa knows the faithful, redemptive and healing power of Jesus Christ’s love and desires others to experience the same. Over the years, Melissa has served in both supportive and leadership roles in the teaching profession as well as in the church. She has also served on mission teams providing relief to areas in response to natural disasters. Melissa earned a BA degree in Religion from Meredith College—and has since been a life-long learner, completing certifications, several master’s degree courses, and church discipleship/leadership trainings. Melissa also holds a K-12 Exceptional Children’s teaching license and over the course of many years has worked with children, youth, and adults across many different environments including public, private, preschool, primary, college/universities and treatment facilities. Melissa is trusting God to both grow her and use her mightily at MPY as He pleases–with the girls, staff and others she encounters here.

Teaching Parent, Elizabeth Ngera

Elizabeth’s desire is to preach the Word of God, to see peoples’ lives transformed both spiritually and socially, and to empower the people of God to live better lives in faith, love, and peace as they put their trust in God their love, provider, and protector. She has a varied background having been a high school teacher, a volunteer missionary in a foreign country, and working in behavior health care. All of these experiences have the common thread of working with youth and parents in difficult cases, and she is excited to see how God will use her and her experiences at Main Place Youth.

 

Board of Directors

 

President, Kerry Sell

 

Vice-President, Ronda Eisenhauer

 

Treasury, Danny Satterfield

 

Board Member, Jess Meyers

 

Board Member, David Snodgrass

 

Board Member, Candye Daughhetee