Young Life Springfield

 Submitted by Don Ryan










Young Life Springfield is now in its 12th year of introducing Springfield high school students to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. The work among the students is led by Gary Bernice at Sci-Tech and Glenna Ryan at Central. Between the two high schools, over 200 students participate.

The core activity of Young Life is after-school clubs at each school with skits, games, and a club talk that introduces students to some aspect of the person of Jesus. Students who want to grow in their faith attend a Bible study called Campaigners. One new bright spot is that teacher Michael Bagge is leading the Campaigner study for Central students. Another new bright spot is a weekly meeting for Sci-Tech alumni to help them continue to grow in their faith and develop as leaders.

Camp is the highlight of the year. The “best week of your life” includes having the gospel unpacked in a sequence of club talks over the course of the week. Donations, including those pledged in connection with the Ironman 100 Golf Marathon, and proceeds from the June Golf Classic at Cold Spring Country Club provided camp scholarships for 53 students from Central and Sci-Tech to go to camp at Young Life’s Saranac Village in August.  Also, thirty Central students heard the good news at Young Life’s Lake Champion the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Thank you to Session and the entire congregation for your financial support. Funding from CPC is a significant help towards covering the program and administrative expenses of serving students. In addition, Maryann Gubala, Brandon Moore, and Isaiah Gregory serve as volunteer leaders, establishing caring mentoring relationships with students. Maryann also coordinates social media, Patrice Gresham drives and provides other support, and Linda Lagares cooks dinner for the Central club. Pat and Debbie Murray assist with the alumni group at Sci-Tech. They also are members of the area committee along with Pastor Tracy and Don Ryan.

Committee meets monthly and is responsible for fundraising, publicity, and organizing prayer support.


  • Additional committee members are needed
  • A short-term support team is needed to publicize the June 28th Golf Classic and recruit golfers and sponsors
  • With a stronger foundation, Young Life Springfield will be able to continue to introduce students to Jesus Christ
  • Speak to Pastor Tracy if you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more