Meet Our Staff

   

Fred Douglas

Executive Director

fdouglas@yfcpdx.org

Fred is a 40 year veteran in the field of youth and family ministry. He is a graduate of Warner Pacific College and an ordained minister. Fred served three years as a Youth Pastor, and for the past 37 years he has served in the work of Youth for Christ. Fred also spent nine years as a member of YFC's National Board. As a speaker, many churches, organizations, business groups, Camps, Conferences, and retreat centers call upon Fred. He speaks to a wide variety of audiences ranging from adults to elementary students.

 

Jessica Taylor

Ministry Coordinator

Jtaylor@yfcpdx.org

Jessica Taylor serves as the Ministry Coordinator for Portland Youth for Christ. She is primarily responsible for the coaching, formation, development, and leadership of all of our YFC Ministry models (Campus Life, City Life, JJM, DTQ, Parent Life and Coast to Coast Academy). 

Jessica has a passion and a calling for leadership development and plans to use her gifts to advance the mission of Youth For Christ and the Kingdom of God. Her educational background equips her to work with diverse populations and solve problems from a heart-centered model. She holds a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Northwestern Theological Seminary and focused her doctoral work on leadership development in urban contexts. 

Jessica is a dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ, a wife and a mother of two little girls. She has over a decade of experience in youth ministry and owns her own coaching practice where she develops leaders and serves non-profits. Jessica is well versed in strategic planning, balance and priorities training and crisis intervention.

 

Michelle Bowers

Office Manager

Mbowers@yfcpdx.org

Michelle graduated from Warner Pacific College in 2016 with her Bachelor's in Human Development with a minor in Business Administration. Michelle was born and raised in the Portland Metro area and has a passion for helping those in the community. Her husband Ryan and her have three kids and the family enjoys going to the beach together, and cheering one another on at year round activities.

Dan Sherrrell

Clackamas Campus Life Director

Dsherrell@yfcpdx.org

Dan is a Clackamas High School alumni as well as a former All State Football player and former scholarship football player for Western Oregon University. Dan is now following his call to ministry and finishing up his schooling online while interning at Hillside Community Fellowship. Dan and his wife McKenzie who have been married a year live in Happy Valley. He enjoys coaching varsity football at Clackamas  High School as well as leading the FCA group there.

 

Jim Smith

Deaf Teen Quest

jsmith@yfcpdx.org

Born and raised in Buffalo NY, Jim met his wife Dawn at National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY.  After graduating, they moved back to Dawn's home state of Washington in 1985.  They have been involved in Deaf ministry for over 20 years.  He is currently Pastor to Maple Grove Deaf Church in Battle Ground, Washington.  Jim also serves as the Deaf Teen Quest Regional Coordinator for the Northwest and as the Area Coordinator for Vancouver, Washington.

 

Gary Bays

Coast to Coast Academy Director

gbays@yfcpdx.org 

Gary brings over 40 years experience to the Coast to Coast Academy program. He graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education. He followed that up with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College. 

 

Becky Baerwald

Executive Assistant

bbaerwald@yfcpdx.org

Becky "Gramma Baer" has been with Portland YFC since 2008 and loves working with the staff, board, and ministry partners. She is now semi-retired and works on special projects from home due to her husband's current health needs.