YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

The Youth for Christ (YFC) national movement began in 1944 under the prominent leadership of the Reverend Billy Graham. The Adams, Jay, and Wells county area YFC opened their doors in 1991 as a spin off of the Fort Wayne area chapter. Blackford and Grant counties merged with the existing area in July 2007 creating the BiGJAWs chapter as it now stands.


Adams, Blackford, Grant, Jay, and Wells area YFC relational ministry professionals currently serve 13,500 students in 13 high schools, 12 junior high/middle schools, and an outreach-based program called City Life in both Upland (The Red Barn) & Van Buren (SwitchUp). Youth for Christ is a non-denominational, community-based organization. Nineteen full-time staff, seven part-time staff and many volunteers lead weekly programs in leadership development, Bible study, character development, alcohol and drug prevention, abstinence training, and community service/mission trips. Approximately 7,000 area students will participate annually.


Every day at thousands of community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. We are rural and urban and we are always about the message of Jesus.