About YWAM


Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Sprit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God’s word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation, the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:

Worship: We are called to praise and worship God alone

Holiness: We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God

Witness: We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him

Prayer: We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God’s heart, including standing against evil in every form

Fellowship: We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression

  • Know God
  • Make God Known
  • Hear God’s Voice
  • Practice Worship and Intercessory Prayer
  • Be Visionary
  • Champion Young People
  • Be Broad-Structured and Decentralized
  • Be International and Interdenominational
  • Have a Biblical Worldview
  • Function in Teams
  • Exhibit Servant Leadership
  • Do First, Then Teach
  • Be Relationship Oriented
  • Value The Individual
  • Value Families
  • Practice Dependence on God for Finances
  • Practice Hospitality
  • Communicate with Integrity


Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission.

As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world.

We of Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s son; that people are created in God’s image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment, “…Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)



YWAM Pismo Beach & Central Coast was started in September of 2003 with a staff dedicated to living in community, reaching the Central Coast and the nations through evangelism and missions.

Coming from all over the United States, seven people rented a big house in Grover Beach and started to work on this new ministry. The heart of the base was to live in de-centralized houses throughout the cities of the Central Coast, in order to reach out to the communities around us in friendship, and to release and train people in missions.

Our staff are constantly finding new ways to be involved in their community, serving with the local church and knowing one another.

YWAM Pismo Beach & Central Coast Five-Fold Purpose


We are committed to knowing God. It is our desire to encourage an atmosphere where we worship God through service, music, evangelism, prayer and intercession, learning, discipling and loving one another, creativity, and using our God-given gifts and talents.


One of YWAM’s values is community. We will express this by facilitating and encouraging an environment of love, acceptance, accountability, openness, mutual discipleship, honesty, and friendship. Some of the ways in which we shall intentionally pursue this is by living in community with one another, eating, worshiping, praying, doing outreach, and playing together. We wish to be an inclusive, tight-knit family, which reaches the community around us, and the nations. This also includes serving, building relationships, and partnering with other YWAM Bases.


We will be an active part of our community by (but not limited to) interceding for the Central Coast, ministering to the poor, building relationships with business owners, meeting some of the practical and spiritual needs of those in our area, and interacting and building friendships with the residents of the Central Coast.


We will be actively involved in the local church of the Central Coast. Each staff member will be required to attend and participate in a local church congregation. We wish to befriend, serve, help equip, pray for, and encourage the local church. We want to be viewed as part of the church and not a para-church organization.


We are committed to reaching the nations with the gospel! It is our goal to see the nations come to the Central Coast for mutual discipleship. We will also engage the nations through intercession, evangelism, training, and mercy ministry. We want to both send people into the world to reach the lost and go ourselves!

* DEFINITION OF “ENGAGE”: “To be intimately committed.”

YWAM Pismo Beach & Central Coast Mission Statement:

YWAM Pismo Beach & Central Coast is a community of believers that exists to disciple one another and to reach the local community through intercession, evangelism, training and mercy ministry. We also reach the nations by going, releasing Christians into missions and bringing the nations to the Central Coast for the purpose of discipleship and evangelism.





"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light."- 1 Peter 2:9

My name is Kelsey and I am from Alberta, Canada. I did my DTS here at Pismo Beach, January 2012 and went to China for outreach. Then God called me back to do BLS the same year and then came on staff August 2013. I am love serving others, showing Gods love to people around me in the community and in the nations. I am passionate about intercession I truly believe that there is power in prayer and in the name of Jesus. I am passionate about Identity, our true identity in Christ that we are His children, we are royalty and have authority in Him. I love singing, visual arts(drama, acting), writing, hanging out with people, laughing, traveling, coffee and watching a good movie with popcorn and milk.

Will, Lori, Eli, Liam, Eisley & Brielle

Will, Lori, Eli, Liam, Eisley & Brielle

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9

Will is from Toronto Canada. Will did his DTS at YWAM Denver in 1999. After DTS he went back to Denver and completed a Phase II and joined staff there in the spring of 2000. Lori is a local from Atascadero and did her DTS at YWAM Denver in 1998. After doing her Phase II in the fall of 1999, she joined staff in Denver in 2000. Will and Lori were married in 2001 and remained on staff with YWAM Denver till the end of that year. Will and Lori joined our staff in January of 2004 after a two-year leave in Canada. Will has a heart for the "boarder" community, and loves to surf and snowboard. He is involved with our Graphic Arts department and has a heart for the Nations. Lori oversee's our DTS department and is the one that trains all of our amazing DTS staff. Elijah joined the party on November 7th, 2006. He enjoys running, Kung Fu Panda, coloring and playing at the park. Liam was born on August 19th, 2008. He entertains us with his funny faces and crazy antics. We welcomed our little girl, Eisley, to the family in May of 2011. Brielle was born December 23, 2013, she currently does a lot of sleeping. All four of our kids are great travelers and have close friends on the other side of the world they pray for regularly.

Aaron, Sarah, Talia, Liam & Stella

Aaron, Sarah, Talia, Liam & Stella

"He must become greater; I must become less." - John 3:30

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Aaron grew up in Grand Terrace, California. He graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas in 2003. After Bible College, he traveled to Heredia, Costa Rica to do his DTS. Sarah is from Calgary, Alberta and also did her DTS in Costa Rica in 2004. For their outreach they went to India and Holland.

In November, 2005 they got married and a few months later they moved to Chile as missionaries. Although their plan was to do long term missions in South America, the Lord put it on their hearts to serve the local church in the Inland Empire of California. They moved to California in the summer of 2007 and became the pastors of a local church in San Bernardino. In November, 2009 their daughter, Talia was born and in April 2012 they welcomed their son, Liam.

After six years of pastoring they felt that God was calling them to move to the central coast to work with YWAM as full time missionaries. Their heart is to raise up leadership, bridge local churches to the mission field and to train and send out students to the nations. Aaron enjoys golfing, surfing and reading. Sarah loves photography, traveling, and good coffee. You can follow Sarah on her blog at sarahortega.com.

Abhishek & Jassica

Abhishek & Jassica

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” - Acts 1:8

Abhishek and Jassica were married in May of 2008. They are from Nagpur, India and completed their DTS in 2012 at YWAM Lonavala in Pune, India. After they completed their DTS they returned to staff at YWAM Lonavala and worked with the DTS. In 2014 they began working with YWAM Kansas City and in the summer of 2015 they joined the team at YWAM Pismo. They have a heart to reach out to the unreached and love sharing the hope of Jesus to all those around. They have had the opportunity to share in many of the churches in the Central Coast and share what is happening in India, and how people can be apart of what God is doing around the world.

Sam & Olivia

Sam & Olivia

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” - Frederick Buenchner

“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” - 1 Peter 1:13-16

Sam and Olivia met doing their DTS here at Pismo Beach in the fall of 2013. They were married two years later and now have joined staff and are about to do an SoMD this spring (2016). Sam and Olivia both have a great love for ministry and deep intimate conversation. They are passionate about discipleship and inspiring others about the love, joy, and grace of Jesus Christ. They cannot wait to sit and process with students about the love of God. Sam loves to surf and be in the ocean in his spare time and has a heart for the surfing community and culture. He wants to reach those who are far from God and show them how amazing a life following after Jesus can be. Although Olivia does occasionally get her feet wet in the ocean, she is more excited to take photos from the beach and loves sharing her world through photography. In addition Olivia loves art and being in the great outdoors. Together they look forward to teaching students about freedom found in Christ and the opportunities they have to change the world.



"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:12-13

Tamara is from San Luis Obispo, CA. She did her DTS in Kona, Hawaii in the fall of 2014 and went on outreach to Jordan. Tamara has a heart for discipleship and showing people who Jesus is, by living day to day life with them. She loves to spend time in coffee shops, talking about life and God. Her heart is that people would understand how much God loves them and that he is always pursuing their hearts. She has served for years, at her local church in youth and worship ministries.



“Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭

Andy grew up in Rialto, California. He did his Disciple Training School in Townsville, Australia. On outreach he tracked from Kokoda trail to Port Moresby in PNG reaching out to the villagers with a message of hope.

Following his DTS he came to Pismo Beach to do the School of Ministry Development (SOMD). This was a valuable time of learning leadership skills as well as working in a diverse group.

Andy joined YWAM Pismo in Summer 2016. He is currently serving as part-time staff.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.



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