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, Family Coach, and 24-hour direct care teaching parents. 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, Melanie Robison

melanie@mainplaceyouth.org

Melanie has a heart and desire to serve teens and their families; she desires to bring restoration to the family through the transforming power of Christ. Melanie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University in 2005, and has worked in many facets of public service. She has had the opportunity of working with women, children, and teenagers affected by addictions. She has served adults and children with developmental disabilities, and has taught early childhood education. Melanie is a Kansas native as she grew up in central Kansas. Melanie and her husband, Aaron, enjoy serving others through community outreaches and serving in church ministry.

Family Coach, 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 in 2009 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, 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, 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, Grace Mitchell

Grace is passionate about working with individuals to help them build healthy lifestyles in a Christ-centered way. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation from Friends University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University as well. During college, Grace was an intern at a Pregnancy and Family Resource center, as well as at ICT SOS, an organization that fights to end human trafficking. Additionally, she worked with Friendship Fields which is a program that allows adults with special needs to experience college life. Grace grew up very involved in church ministry; she participated in the praise team, the church mime team, and began volunteering as a youth leader during high school and college. Ministering to youth has been a priority of hers from a young age and that priority has continued into her adulthood.

Teaching Parent, Rosie Snavely

My calling is to help those who feel hopeless; to help people realize that there is always an answer–and that answer is Jesus. I was born in Kansas and moved to FullCircle Disciple School for more ministry opportunities. While at FullCircle, our group traveled around KS sharing and showing the love of Christ. After FullCircle, I stayed in Wichita helping at churches and outreaches whenever I could. In the year of 2018, I moved to the East Coast to intern at a Teen Challenge in New Jersey for 6 months. Being involved in ministry is something I’ve always had a passion for. I have a heart for showing people that God does save and calls us HIS beloved.

Teaching Parent, Peggy Shepherd

Telling Bible stories, sharing smiles, lending a helping hand, learning to walk in God’s love while enriching young lives under the Holy Spirit’s leading is my heart’s desire. I felt God’s calling at a very young age to serve. I helped start a bus ministry in the 70′s at my local church, became a Sunday School teacher, taught in children’s church, led a Christian Scout program (Caravans) for several years, and joined an outreach program in Mexico to build churches. I was born and raised in Kansas and moved to Kingman in 2012. God has led me to MPY, and it is my 4th year volunteering in teaching crafts to the girls. I love the interaction with these young girls. They are so talented. I am proud to stand in the gap of “grandma”. I have an associate degree in social work. God is the ever-living God who changes us and He brings these young girls into their full potential. It is an honor to witness his healing power and to serve.

Teaching Parent, Krystin Exley

We welcomed Krystin to our staff in January. Biography coming soon!

 

Board of Directors

 

President, Kerry Sell

 

Vice-President, Ronda Eisenhauer

 

Treasury, Danny Satterfield

 

Board Member, Jess Myers

 

Board Member, David Snodgrass

 

Board Member, Candye Daughhetee

 

Board Member, Abigail Turner