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The SDC Youth Commission is committed to coming alongside Southern District churches as they minister to teenagers. Our mission and mandate from the Southern District Conference is to see young people experience a genuine faith in Jesus Christ through resourcing local church youth programs with summer camp experiences, annual high school and junior high youth conventions, and other events. The annual SDYC, Southern District Youth Conference, is one of the largest gatherings of any multi-church Mennonite Brethren group in the United States, bringing together over 500 youth and sponsors for inspiration and faith development. Russ Claassen serves as the District Youth Minister (DYM) and offices out of Koerner Heights Mennonite Brethren Church where he also serves as youth pastor. Russ’ task as DYM is to coordinate the ministries of Youth Commission and help network and build relationships among the district youth pastors and leaders.

Current Youth Commission Members:

  • Sara Jo Waldron, Chair, Hillsboro, KS (Hillsboro MB)
  • Anna Clausen, Wichita, KS (Lighthouse Community)
  • Sean Estes, Corn, OK (Corn MB)
  • Kyle Goings, Wichita, KS (First MB)
  • Kevin Larson, Hillsboro, KS (Tabor College)
  • Russ Claassen, Ex-officio, District Youth Minister, Newton, KS (Koerner Heights)
  • Lisa Decker, Ex-officio, Youth Treasurer, Hesston, KS (Hesston MB)

Contact Youth Commission at sdyc@sdcmb.org.  Contact Russ at russc@sdcmb.org. Contact Youth Treasurer at yctreasurer@sdcmb.org.

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