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Groups & Chapters

Starting a group or launching a chapter are great ways to lead and serve in a creative and impactful way.

Launch a Chapter

City-based chapters build local Christ-centered community. They facilitate spiritual gatherings, service activities, and social meetups that unite, engage, and inspire members to glorify God.

Start a Group

Groups are virtual chapters that foster Christ-centered community regardless of one’s proximity to one another. They globally unite professionals on fire for Christ.

Join Our Core Team

Our global core team members creatively shape the organization’s direction and supports our global network of chapters and groups. 

Team: Office of the President

Role Overview: The Assistant to the President for Mission oversees the organization’s mission integration, providing leadership over AYP’s chaplaincy and mission projects teams and overseeing the development of AYP’s annual theme and supporting resources.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per week

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Team: Presidential

Role Overview: The administrative assistant helps keep AYP running and growing. Assisting in areas of communication, scheduling, record keeping, and research, the administrative assistant role supports the members of the presidential team.

Time Commitment: 2-3 hrs./wk.

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Team: Advancement

Role Overview: The development officers cultivates relationships with a portfolio of financial partners and donors on behalf of the director.

Time Commitment: 5-7 hrs./wk.

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Team: Chapters

Role Overview: Chapter Managers facilitate the implementation of programming and growth to local chapter teams. They support chapter coordinators and ambassadors to foster community, coordinate events, and build a healthy and sustainable local team.

Time Commitment: 3-5hrs/week

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Team: Office of the President

Role Overview: The Chief of Staff provides operational oversight over AYP and advises the President in relevant decisions.

Time Commitment: 5-7hrs/wk

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Team: Church Relations

Role Overview: The church relations assistant works within AYP’s Church Relations team to collaborate between AYP and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They assist in the cultivation of strategic relationships with the church’s conference, union, and division, along with key stakeholders at the General Conference, all in alignment with the church’s mission. Furthermore, they will support the Church Relations Manager in their efforts of advising AYP leaders regarding church relations and activities.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week

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Team: Marketing

Role Overview: Communication & Marketing Managers oversees the day to day flow of projects from content deployment through deployment and analysis. S/he serves as a liaison between the marketing team and core team leaders, chapter coordinators and group leaders.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hrs./wk.

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Team: Marketing

Role Overview: Oversees the strategy and creation of video content for AYP.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hrs./wk.

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Team: Marketing

Role Overview: The CRM Specialist is responsible for the day to day operations of AYP’s CRM and related technology. He/she oversees the CRM’s technology & processes, ensuring records, pipelines, and dashboards are optimized and effective. 

Time Commitment: 3-5 hrs./wk.

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Team: Development

Role Overview: The development analyst researches new potential partnership, sponsor, vendor opportunities for AYP.

Time Commitment: 2-5 hrs./wk.

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Team: Development

Role Overview: The development assistant I support AYP’s fundraising and business development strategies through communication, scheduling and content curation. Furthermore, they will serve as bridges with the presidential, finance, and marketing teams – ensuring a cohesive and integrative approach to external relations.

Time Commitment: 2-3 hrs./wk.

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Team: Development

Role Overview: The development coordinator develops strategies and campaigns to engage AYPers to start and continue supporting AYP through recurring giving. S/he focuses on engaging donors who contribute $100 or less per month.

Time Commitment: 2-5 hrs./wk.

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Team: Development

Role Overview: The development director grows AYP through the support of donors and financial partners. S/he builds relationships with prospective and active donors, sponsors, etc. and supports the president in his cultivation of strategic relationships with external partners.

Time Commitment: 5-7 hrs./wk.

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Team: Development

Role Overview: The development specialist supports AYP’s fundraising and business development strategies through communication, research, and the coordination of partnership fulfillment. Furthermore, they serve as bridges with the presidential, finance, and marketing teams – ensuring a cohesive and integrative approach to external relations.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hrs./wk.

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Team: Development

Role Overview: The development strategist runs all behind the scenes aspects of the development department. S/he coordinates the development of fundraising/sponsorship campaign strategies in support of the director who then focuses on the cultivation of these relationships with prospective and existing donors and partners. Additionally, s/he trains AYP team members to fundraise within their circles of influence.

Time Commitment: 2-5 hrs./wk.

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Team: Development

Role Overview:The grant manager seeks out and manages AYP’s grant applications from research through implementation.

Time Commitment: 2-5 hrs./wk.

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Team: IT/People & Culture

Role Overview: The People & Culture system administrator will facilitate the technical onboarding and access for the internal AYP team. Partnering closely with the recruiting team, the system administrator will help to ensure the system access, account creation, and security that team members need to complete their role functions. T

Time Commitment: 3-5hrs/wk

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Team: Human Relations

Role Overview: The recruitment specialist supports the human relations director in ensuring timely and proactive followup with AYP applications via our website. This includes reaching out via email, following up on non-responses after a designated period of time, and upholding a positive representation of the AYP with external applicants.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per week

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Team: Marketing

Role Overview: The SEO/PPC Specialist is responsible for the day to day coordination of Google PPC as well as providing SEO expertise that guides overall marketing and communication efforts.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hrs./wk.

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Team: Marketing

Role Overview: Web Specialists are responsible for the day to day implementation of website updates and supporting the Webmaster in other areas as needed.

Time Commitment: 2-3 hrs./wk.

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Team: Marketing

Role Overview: Writers assist the communication director in the the creation of written content for AYP’s digital and traditional communication platforms/channels.

Time Commitment: 1-3 hrs./wk.

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Justin & Sheree Kelly

Meet Sheree Kelly, a spirited and visionary leader in elementary education with over a decade of transformative experience. A proud alumna of Oakwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Sheree has earned accolades aplenty, including the illustrious Southwestern Union Conference Teacher of Excellence award in 2023. Her dedication to nurturing young minds is enhanced by a Counseling endorsement on her denominational certification, showcasing her commitment to comprehensive student well-being.

Justin Kelly is a dynamic professional whose expertise spans education, information technology, and missionary work. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Oakwood College and a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Justin is a tech-savvy trailblazer. He is the creative force behind Superscrum.net, a cutting-edge blog on agile software development techniques, making waves in the tech community.
This powerhouse couple, Justin and Sheree, shine as local elders at Fondren Seventh Day Adventist Church in Houston, Texas. They’ve also shared their talents as elementary teachers at Excel Adventist Academy. Beyond their professional roles, they are known for their love of salsa dancing, country music, and throwing unforgettable themed parties. Their true passion lies in building community through small group studies, potlucks, and engaging events at their home in Fresno, Texas.
Justin and Sheree excel in mastering the delicate art of balancing life, work, and church. They champion the virtues of temperance and healthy boundaries, ensuring harmony in all aspects of life. With nearly eight joyful years of marriage, their unwavering faith in Jesus Christ fuels their journey and dedication.

Daniel Pino

Daniel Pino Romero serves as a pastor at the Houston Spanish Northwest SDA Church.

Dr. Tom Grove

Dr. Tom Grove is a proud native of Pennsylvania who calls Texas home. He is serving as the
Associate Director for Ministry & Evangelism for the Texas Conference. He also serves as the
English Men’s Volunteer Coordinator for the Conference. Prior to his transition to the Texas
Conference office, he served as the Executive Pastor of the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist
Church in Arlington, Texas. Before coming to Texas, he spent 15 years pastoring in the
Pennsylvania Conference. He is an alumnus of Columbia Union College (now Washington
Adventist University) as well as Andrews University where he received his Master of Divinity
and his Doctor of Ministry. He is the author of the Men’s Spiritual Leadership curriculum,
Joshua’s Men, which is published by AdventSource and is being used throughout the North
American Division to mentor men to be leaders in their homes, communities, and churches.

He has been married to his wonderful wife Deborah, a Speech-Language Pathologist, for 27
years and is the proud father of Mark and Caroline. In his time off, he loves reading, traveling,
playing racquetball and cheering for all the sports teams who call Pittsburgh home.

Xav Handfield

Xavyance “Xav” Handfield is a nationally recognized speaker, health and wellness activator, educator and is the CEO of the Handfield Group, LLC. His mission is to use his gifts and his voice to inspire and evoke change in the world. In 2015, he started his speaking career and has been blessed to inspire and speak to thousands of individuals across the country for corporate events, churches, and community organizations. In 2017, he created Plant Based Brotha, which initially started to empower people to be able to transition to a plant-based lifestyle but has since pivoted to teaching others that health and wellness is a holistic experience.

Xav is excited about life and is a living testament that our gifts make room for us, and he truly works towards God’s purpose. He is married to his wife Jasmine, and they just welcomed their first child, a baby girl in April. Xav aspires to inspire before he expires and has a favorite verse, Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Michal Anne Whitcomb

Michal Anne Whitcomb is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, Texas. Michal has spent her 16 year career dedicated to the empowerment, healing, and growth of her clients.  She began her career at Genesis Women’s Shelter, where she worked with women and children impacted by domestic violence. Michal continued her work with children and their families at Dallas ISD’s Youth and Family Centers. In 2012, she began her private practice in Dallas, Texas, where she works with adults, teens, and families on issues of depression, anxiety, grief/loss, relational issues, and trauma. Michal has training in several modalities, many related to the treatment of trauma and adverse experiences. Michal is Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), an evidenced-based trauma treatment, and is also an EMDR Consultant-in-Training. Michal lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Levi, and their two children. If she is not at work, you can usually find Michal playing softball, singing at church, or enjoying a hike.

Stephen and Felecia Lee

Stephen and Felecia Lee are a mission-minded creative duo. Stephen founded a marketing business, and Felecia is a homemaker. They led at ASI and spoke at GYC, SAC, AYP, and conference events. Based in the ‘Live Free or Die’ state, their talks on communication, relationships, productivity, and faith empower individuals to inspire change.

Costin Jordache, MA, MBA, APR

Costin Jordache serves as Vice President of System Strategy and Brand Development for Adventist HealthCare, a healthcare system operating in Maryland and Washington DC. In his role, Costin oversees strategic planning and development, as well as public relations, marketing and communication for the healthcare system.

Over the last 25 years, he has served in leadership roles including News Editor for Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, Vice President for Communication in the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Director of Communication in the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor for Media at the Loma Linda University Church and Senior Pastor of the Dallas First Church.

Costin holds a Masters degree in Radio, Television & Film from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an MBA from California State University, along with a BA in Theology and Biblical Languages from Southwestern Adventist University. Costin is accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America.

He specializes in strategic communication and media leadership, public relations, teaching, strategic planning and organizational leadership.

Costin is married to Leah Jordache. They have two sons, Roman, 18 and Lance 16.

David Asscherick

David is a speaker/director for Light Bearers and ARISE co-founder and instructor. Since his baptism in 1999, David has traveled the globe preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Violeta are the happy parents of two boys, Landon and Jabel.

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Lundquist, host of Rise & Lead, will headline 2023 AYP Convention.

Benjamin Lundquist is a top motivational speaker and one the leading voices for leadership development and empowerment. He is passionate about helping students and professionals see their worth and value, see themselves as a leader, and see their potential to change the world. The message he shares is motivating, relatable, and highly practical. Audiences are challenged to take extreme ownership of the unique gifts and opportunities they have. He is an international speaker and host of Rise and Lead Podcast which has been downloaded in over 110 countries providing aspiring and experienced leaders of all ages with world-class content and conversation. He frequently speaks at corporate and faith events, universities, and high schools.

Identity in Christ | Breakout Track

April is currently an associate pastor for discipleship at Keene SDA church. She is enrolled in a dual graduate program for Public Health and MDIV chaplaincy. She enjoys working with different ministries that highlight service, hospitality, and life enrichment. 

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music, and extreme sports. An introvert at heart, she enjoys moments with close friends and in the quiet. Her and her husband, Blake Snyder reside in Burleson, Texas.

Purpose & Calling | Breakout Track

Ann Roda likes to describe her life as one long adventure with God. She began her career as a registered nurse in OB then transitioned into healthcare administration. Then, God unexpectedly redirected her path to the Adventist Theological Seminary, for an MDiv, and into pastoral ministry. She spent 15 years as a church pastor in Marietta, Georgia and Fulton, Maryland. Six years ago, God had another adventure for Ann, and called her back into the health care ministry, serving with Adventist HealthCare as Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Care. 

This position is the perfect combination of both pastoral ministry and health care. Ann is married to Jose Hernandez, a licensed professional counselor. Ann and her husband enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling.

Relationships | Breakout Track

Stephen and Felecia Lee are partners in the mission. They share a mutual passion for young adult ministries and using their talents to share the Gospel online and through speaking engagements. Stephen helps individuals and businesses function more efficiently through time management and productivity techniques. Felecia is a full-time homemaker and also the founder of the New Wives Club. 

In addition to this, she runs a program teaching women of color how to learn principles of faith through natural hair care. They live in New Hampshire and speak in different places on topics related to singleness, courtship, communication, evangelism, and faith.

Spiritual Health | Breakout Track

Shawn is passionate about generations coming together! She grew up in a four-generation family business and knows, from first-hand experience, that when people of all ages work together, everyone wins!

She has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Nebraska and is an award-winning sales and marketing professional. Her professional certifications include being a member of the John Maxwell Team and DISC Behavioral Consultant. Recently she published her first book “Strategies for Generational Inclusion at Work.”

Communities | Breakout Track

Michael Gibson currently serves as the Lead Pastor at the Keene SDA Church where he most previously served for four years as Pastor for Young Adults and lead Elevate, a growing and thriving young adult community in Keene. Michael is married to Melissa and they both enjoy the outdoors, long walks, and traveling to new, unexplored places. 

Most days, when he’s not teaching, preaching or studying, you’ll find him playing disc golf or working on home renovations with Melissa. They recently welcomed their son, Micah Eden, into the world last October and ever since, life has taken on a whole new meaning. Above all, Michael and Melissa have a passion for discipleship and telling others about the incredible God they serve. For them, the gospel boils down to loving God and loving people.