Youth Commission

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About The Youth Commission

The SDC Youth Commission is probably the most active commission in the Southern District. Their mission and mandate 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 Jr. high youth conventions, and other events. The annual SDYC, Southern District Youth Conference, is one of the largest gatherings of any 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.

  • Sara Jo Waldron, Chair, Hillsboro, KS
  • Terry Ens, Wichita, KS
  • Kyle Goings, Wichita, KS
  • Michelle Hamilton, Secretary, Cimarron, KS
  • Lyndon Harms, Weatherford, OK
  • Kevin Larson, Garden City, KS
  • Jared Redding, Hesston, KS
  • Russ Claassen, Ex-officio, District Youth Minister
  • Lisa Decker, Ex-officio, Youth Treasurer

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SDYC 2016

What: Our annual fall youth conference for senior high students

Where: At First MB Church in Wichita, KS

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JDYC 2016

What: Our annual fall youth conference for senior junior students (6-8 grades)

Where: Newton, KS

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Three Summer Camps!

Senior High Camp: June 4-9, 2017 (at Horn Creek Camp, CO)

Junior High Camp: June 30-July 4, 2017 (At Sky Ranch Camp, OK)

Kids Camp: June 21-24, 2017 (At Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS)