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 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 use 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 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. 

Family Coach/Teaching Parent, Stephanie Edwards


Stephanie’s passion is in connecting others to the heart of the Father. She believes heart change is radical and is committed to seeing lives transformed by the power of the gospel. Having spent many years in the mental health field as a family therapist and program director, she struggled to see lasting change taking place in those she served. She recognizes that a relationship with Jesus Christ is ultimately what will bring about healing and change. Jesus is the answer and in Him we are made whole.

Knowing God was leading her to Main Place Youth, she moved to Kingman, KS in May 2017 from North Carolina. She comes to MPY with a wide range of experiences working with trauma, addictions, and organizational management. she loves to read, study, hike, travel, and is always ready for a good adventure. Her experiences have led her to various places both stateside and abroad to aid in bringing about change for hurting youth. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies/International Studies and a Master’s in Professional Counseling.

Teaching Parent/Overnight Staff, Danielle Belongia

Danielle has always had a heart for the hurting. When she felt God calling her to Main Place Youth she left the Pacific Northwest to come to Kingman, KS. Coming from a broken home herself, and sharing in many of the struggles our girls face, Danielle can relate with the girls and teach from her own experiences. Danielle has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and will be pursuing her Masters of Science in Forensic Science at Emporia State University.

Teaching Parent/Parent Correspondent, Ella Riddle


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, Hannah Hoggard

Hannah is desperate to raise a generation that seeks the Lord, and is excited to serve at Main Place Youth. She comes from West Virginia, the oldest of three siblings, and grew up in a pastor’s home. This allowed her to hear a great deal about God her whole life, however, knowledge alone doesn’t equate to salvation, nor a life lived surrendered to God. Having gone through some rough times, her desire is to use those things that the enemy had meant for bad, for the Lord’s glory. Hannah is finishing her degree in church ministries from Bethel college in Hampton, VA.

Teaching Parent, Joleen Blue

Joleen’s passion to work with teenage girls has been an interest in her life for quite some time; whether it involved a school setting, coaching sports teams, or providing some type of mentorship. Having experienced a variety of difficult moments in life, she desires to bring hope and healing with the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who are hurting, struggling, and who desire to live a life of freedom. With a compassionate heart, there is a nurturing that brings about love, peace, and a patience to those she encounters. Her desire is that her love for her Lord and Savior be noticed within her own life and hopes to be a living testimony of His continual work in her life.

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