Since 2003
  • A Community,
    Reaching The Community

  • And The Nations

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)

About YWAM Pismo

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

"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.


"Never use the excuse, "I'm only human" You're a human with the spirit of the living God dwelling within. Faithfulness is possible for us when we are wholly dependent on Him. His Faithfulness surrounds His throne. Enthrone Him on your heart, and it will surround you too." - Unknown

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)

Hi, my name is Austin Phillips and I am from Bozeman, Montana. I completed my DTS in the spring of 2013 here in Pismo Beach, California, and more recently completed my SOMD in the spring of 2014. When I completed my DTS in 2013 I thought it was just another chapter in my life, and at the time it was. After my DTS, and through God developing how I viewed life, my desires and passions began to change.

The next six months after my DTS were full of excitement, misdirection, and learning what it really meant to walk with God. Before coming back to California to attend my SOMD, I was actively serving in my home church and helping with their youth group. While serving in the youth group God began unfolding the true desires of my heart, as well as what brought me life. During this time God revealed to me that discipling young adults into freedom, encouraging them to dream bigger, and to chase the desires He has engraved on their hearts brings me true joy. During my SOMD God revealed me the importance of what it means to be a servant leader, as well as what it means to find my joy and trust in Him, while continually engraining His heart for discipleship on mine. Things I enjoy in my spare time would include going on any type of adventure, trying new things, finding new music, and anything outdoors. I really enjoy going with the flow and being busy as possible, which I know sounds like a contradiction in its self, but I make it work somehow.

Aaron, Sarah, Talia, Liam

"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.

Mike, Aleesha, Jocelynn & Gryphon

"Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." - Psalm 103: 1-5

We had our first date on St. Patrick's Day 2000. It was supposed to be a small party but nobody else showed up. They got married exactly one year later on St. Patrick's Day 2001. Jocelynn was born July 2004. Gryphon was born March 2007. He had severe medical problems and spent his first month of life in the hospital. The medical problems caused Cerebral Palsy as well as other long term problems. We were really able to see the power of prayer and the love of God during this time. Later that year we felt God calling us to China as missionaries. We have friends that are missionaries to China so we decided to visit China in March 2008. After we returned home we found ourselves missing it and prayed about going into full time missions. We knew that we wanted to join a YWAM base that had a focus on China. That is what lead us to YWAM Pismo Beach. We moved our family to Pismo in January of 2010 to do our DTS. Mike's brother Matt came along to help watch Gryphon. We went to China for our outreach in April. We are now on staff full time and have a heart to lead outreach teams into China on a yearly basis.

Mike enjoys sandwiches, pizza, 4X4ing, camping, hiking, fun, travel, danger, grace, California, freedom, fishing, hot dogs, wood working, monster energy drinks, and cheese. Aleesha enjoys worship, family, friends, Jesus and Travel. Jocelynn enjoys reading, playing, drawing and coloring and her friends. Gryphon enjoys everything, making people laugh, making faces, wrestling with his dad, shooting nerf guns and Glenda's cooking.


"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." - Galatians 5:1

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

"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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Contact Info

  • Physical Address: 781 Price St. B, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • Mailing Address: 791 Price St. #119, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • +805.773.9926
  • ywampismo@gmail.com
  • www.ywampismobeach.org
  • Tuesday - Friday - 9:00am - 5:00pm
    (closed daily from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for lunch)
    *Our office is closed the 2nd Tuesday of every month for Silence and Solitude
    *Our office is closed the 4th Friday of every month for our Staff fun day
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