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)
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.2.) ENGAGE ONE ANOTHER IN COMMUNITY
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.3.) ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY (CENTRAL COAST)
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.4.) ENGAGE THE LOCAL CHURCH
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.5.) ENGAGE THE NATIONS
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I am Amber Joy Chino Valley, Arizona. I did my DTS at YWAM Pismo in 2012 and went to Kenya and Nicaragua for outreach. Shortly after that I did my SOMD in 2014, also with YWAM Pismo, then weeks after graduation became staff. I am 22 years old and my favorite color is sparkle and it's near impossible to beat me at Just Dance. I am in love with Latin America and all the people in it, more specifically Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Xoxo Alegría