Youth for Christ USA, Inc.

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Youth For Christ USA is a chartered nation of Youth for Christ International.

Pivotal Moments

From starting at a new school to becoming a parent, from choosing a job or a college to moving for the first time or the 10th time, from experiencing loss or trauma to spending time in a juvenile institution - 11-19 year olds face some of the most pivotal moments of their lives; moments that can shape their entire story.

Shaping Our Story

We know how a pivotal moment can shape a story, because we've been through them ourselves. We also know that young people experiencing pivotal moments often feel over-looked and under-served, walking through their story without someone in their corner.

Unwavering Commitment

Since 1944, we've had an unwavering commitment to meet 11-19 year olds in pivotal moments, and to introduce them to the hope of Christ. From holding rallies with Billy Graham in the 40's, to entering campuses to reach students in the 60's, to now empowering community leaders to build meaningful relationships with young people everywhere-it's our aim to walk with young people through their story, and to be the friend and mentor that we've longed for ourselves.

Uncovering God's Story of Hope

When we welcome God into a pivotal moment, we invite Him to uncover His story of Hope in our lives, and to give life to our story. He is the life in all of our stories

Contact information

Mailing address:
7670 S Vaughn Ct
Englewood, CO 80112


Phone: (303) 843-9000


Organization details

EIN: 362193619

CEO/President: Jacob D. Bland

Chairman: Barry Heubner

Board size: 18

Founder: Mr. Torrey Johnson

Ruling year: 1945

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


YFC is a Christian movement, with over 140 chapters across the country.

YFC pursues young people who often feel overlooked, to build relationships at pivotal moments.

YFC partners with local church and like-minded organizations to reach young people.

We believe the Gospel comes to life in the overlap of God's story, our story, and a young person's story.

We believe that meaningful relationships are where God can work to uncover His story of Hope in the life of a young person. We work humbly as followers of Jesus inviting others to walk with us towards Christ.

Mission statement

Youth for Christ USA, Inc.'s Mission Statement is:

Is to participate in the body of Christ in responsible evangelism of youth, presenting them with the person, work and teachings of Christ and discipling them into the local church.

Statement of faith

Youth for Christ USA, Inc.'s Statement of Faith is:

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating369 of 101015 of 30
Fund acquisition rating418 of 101212 of 30
Resource allocation rating302 of 101216 of 30
Asset utilization rating586 of 101022 of 30

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$545,947$626,955$527,884$596,763$1,907,036
Short-term investments$573,988$556,853$800,005$790,010$777,129
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,886,774$6,226,769$7,735,329$5,872,373$7,316,438
Long-term investments$2,898,089$3,024,460$2,743,425$3,025,295$2,134,800
Fixed assets$1,169,696$1,239,664$1,239,480$1,368,856$1,448,627
Other long-term assets$1,106,300$314,150$1,597,283$2,130,765$0
Total long-term assets$5,174,085$4,578,274$5,580,188$6,524,916$3,583,427
Total assets$14,060,859$10,805,043$13,315,517$12,397,289$10,899,865
Payables and accrued expenses$377,588$563,607$484,582$361,012$419,289
Other current liabilities$1,185,600$1,657,780$1,541,074$1,392,840$1,346,031
Total current liabilities$1,563,188$2,221,387$2,025,656$1,753,852$1,765,320
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$367,668$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$1,930,856$2,221,387$2,025,656$1,753,852$1,765,320
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$12,199,844$7,909,288$0$0$5,588,843
With donor restrictions$5,125,943$7,019,321$0$0$3,545,702
Net assets$12,130,003$8,583,656$11,289,861$10,643,437$9,134,545
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Total contributions$14,968,464$12,425,073$18,567,874$17,990,786$17,252,757
Program service revenue$486,448$421,241$308,311$645,553$554,407
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$123,629$531,035($281,870)$890,495$276,530
Other revenue$1,747,246$1,551,260$0$0$525,815
Total other revenue$2,357,323$2,503,536$26,441$1,536,048$1,356,752
Total revenue$17,325,787$14,928,609$18,594,315$19,526,834$18,609,509
Program services$11,197,370$14,507,544$13,845,787$13,664,883$14,565,466
Management and general$1,680,601$1,973,141$2,567,043$2,649,462$2,655,527
Total expenses$13,779,440$17,634,814$17,947,891$18,017,942$18,726,675
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$3,546,347($2,706,205)$646,424$1,508,892($117,166)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,546,347($2,706,205)$646,424$1,508,892($117,166)


Daniel S WolgemuthPresident/CEO$203,135
Tim SkrivanExecutive Vice President$151,975
Brian MuchmoreVP Cities / Secretary$127,221
Seth BakerVP of Ministry Leaadership$122,643
Nathan JonesAVP of Development$119,595
Sean WallingerTreasurer$112,732

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/11/2021. To update the information below, please email:


The Youth for Christ movement was born in America in the mid-1940s through an impulse from the heart of God that simultaneously touched dozens of leaders in different places with a concern to reach out to the young people normal church channels were missing. By the early 1940s dynamic young evangelists using "revolutionary methods" were conducting lively mass rallies in more than a dozen cities, often under a common name, "Youth for Christ". By November 1944 it was clear that some organization should be formed to handle the growing flood of requests to start new rallies. A Chicago pastor, Torrey Johnson, was elected chairman of a temporary committee. He opened an office in Chicago and asked Billy Graham to become the first full-time Youth for Christ worker. Less than a year later, Youth for Christ International, Inc. was formally incorporated with Torrey Johnson as the first president.

In the late 1940s and early '50s, YFC evangelists and teams crisscrossed the globe, their hearts aflame with God's love, especially for young people. Their zeal for evangelism and their contemporary approach was electrifying and soon new YFC rally centers sprang up in other cities around the world. As a result, new organizations were born as spin-offs from the dynamic that characterized YFC in these early years, including World Vision International, Trans World Radio, Overseas Crusades, Far Eastern Gospel Crusade (now Send, Inc.), Greater Europe Mission, and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

But God's Spirit continued to fan the flames that produced new youth evangelism efforts in countries throughout Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and parts of Africa. By the late '60s a growing desire for interaction and fellowship among YFC leaders worldwide culminated in the first Convocation of YFC's International Council. Encouraged especially by Sam Wolgemuth and Wendy Collins, two American YFC leaders with a heart for the world, a group of twenty-one leaders met in Jamaica in late January 1968 to give birth to YFC's International Council. At this historic meeting, the development of Youth for Christ's global mission and international decision-making was firmly placed in the hands of a broad spectrum of national leadership. And the management and coordination of YFC's cross-national affairs were now entrusted to a truly international body.

From this first conference, the principle of local and national autonomy within a global international fellowship was established and found expression through a United Nations style assembly giving equal voting power to every member nation. This ensured a strong sense of ownership which grew with the increasing number of participating nations. The second Convocation was held in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1971 with twenty-six member nations involved. By 1974, at the third Convocation in Les Diablerets, Switzerland the number had jumped to forty. When delegates arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the fourth Convocation there were now forty-nine national member programs. During the '80s, total delegates to each triennial Convocation averaged around four hundred, meeting in Birmingham, England (1980), Hong Kong (1984) and Manila, Philippines (1987). As a reflection of the international scope of the movement, these international conferences moved around the continents, with Africa hosting it for the first time in 1990 (Nairobi, Kenya) and North America (Chicago, Ill.) for the first time in 1993 as part of YFC's 50th anniversary celebrations. And in August 1996 the International Convocation will be held in Taipei, Taiwan.

By the early '80s growing concern about the financial costs of a Swiss operation (the organization was headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland) and a desire to identify the world headquarters more with the masses of young people in the developing world led to a decision to move the international office to the Republic of Singapore in 1982. In moves designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the international ministry, what had formerly been ten world areas were restructured to four major regions by the middle of the decade (later extended to five with the addition of the Middle East) and additional staff were positioned in the international headquarters. Under the leadership of the "two Jim's", the 1980s was a time of strong consolidation of the international body with expansion of services to member nations and extension of pioneer outreach to new nations.

Then in 1990 the first non-American president, Mr. Gerald O. Gallimore of Jamaica, was elected to a role that basically combined the previous functions of general director and president into that of president/CEO. And a year later, one of YFC's earlier statesmen, Dr. Ted Engstrom, agreed to serve as chairman of the international board.

The methods have changed with the decades. But the 2000 full-time staff and 22,000 part-time and volunteer staff who are committed to communicating the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to every young person in the hi-tech, high-touch culture of the '90s share a similar combination of flexibility and commitment as did the early founders.

Program accomplishments

YFC has communicated its accomplishments as follows:

Since 1985 YFC's DCLA programs has reached 120,000 kids for Christ. Over 90,000 students and youth leaders have been taught how to live and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

YFC has developed training programs for field and staff internships for professional staff involved in programs for ministry to high school aged students.

YFC provides field services and development for local chapters of YFC which includes materials for their use and consultation in various areas.

Trained and sent missionaries on short and long termed basis.