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 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 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, Kim Craig

Kim’s calling is to spread the love of Christ and to help others find the hope and joy that comes once in relationship with the Father. She has a heart for missions, whether that be overseas or right in her own backyard. She feels called to work with girls and women struggling with life controlling issues, addictions and self-destructive behavior. She is passionate about seeing others chains be broken and see them step into freedom in Christ like she did many years ago. Kim was born and raised in Maryland, and moved to Springfield, MO 9 years ago to attend James River Leadership College. After completing the program, she continued living in Springfield to serve at James River Church. During her time there she faithfully continued her journey of growing and trusting in the Lord while waiting on Him for her next direction. God has lead Kim to MPY as a Teaching Parent, to come along side hurting girls to show them and teach them about the redeeming love and hope of Jesus Christ.

Teaching Parent, Laurel Chapelle

I have felt God’s call on my life to bring restoration to the broken, addicted, and downtrodden and freedom to the captives from a young age. I want to bring joy and beauty where there was none, like it says in Isaiah 61:1-3. I spent two years in Master’s Commission (a Christian discipleship program), and then pursued a degree in social work graduating with my BSW in May of 2018. I volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 6 years and volunteered for 9 years with the children’s ministry at Lifehouse Church in Hagerstown MD. For the three years while in school, I worked closely with the Anti Human Trafficking Task Force that was a part of my school and the community; doing trainings, and spreading the word through mini conferences, films, and discussions. I have a passion for helping people that are in need, especially young girls.

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.

Overnight Staff, 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