About Us

The Beginning

In 2002 a small group of college students began a movement – the result of a hungering for the Word of God, deeper relationship with Christ and an active life in His service.

Why we exist

Our Vision

Uphold the distinctive message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; to aspire to excellence in all aspects of their lives – academic, professional, and spiritual; to embrace the call to radical discipleship, including a life of missionary service; and to be supportive and respectful of denominational leadership while remaining a youth-led movement.

What we aim to do

Our Mission

There exists today an army of dedicated young people within the Seventh-day Adventist Church who yearn to demonstrate Nehemiah’s leadership, Daniel’s integrity, Mary’s humility, Paul’s passion for evangelism, and Christ’s love for God and humanity.

What we desire to achieve

Our Goals

It is the goal of GYC and its members to seek and galvanize such young people. We aim to mobilize existing youth and young adult ministries that are fully committed to the distinctive message and mission of the Adventist Church towards the proclamation of the Three Angels’ Messages.

GYC seeks to equip and inspire young people to be Christian ambassadors to their respective places of work and study by

Biblical Training

Providing Biblical training in the form of participatory workshops, Bible studies, and inspirational messages at its annual conference.

Christian Fellowship

Fostering and encouraging Christian fellowship among young people from diverse backgrounds.

Network Opportunities

Creating network opportunities for Adventist young people and youth-oriented ministries.

Leadership Responsibilities

Encouraging young people to assume leadership responsibilities by employing their experience and talents in planning and presenting the annual conference and other events.

The people behind GYC

Executive Committee

GYC ECOM 2024

Garhett Morgan, left, Allison Toktogulova, Anna Wood, Kelsey Unruh, Andrew Park, Junior Vertus, Stephen Lee, and Joshua Ahn.

President

Andrew Park

Pastor, MI

Executive Secretary

Kelsey Unruh

Cardiac Sonographer, FL

Treasurer

Allison Toktogulova

Customs Broker, CA

General VP

Joshua Ahn

Teacher, MN

VP of Programming

Garhett Morgan

Pastor, MI

VP of Logistics

Anna Wood

Labor and Delivery Nurse, MN

VP of Evangelism

Junior Vertus

Pastor, MI

VP of Marketing

Stephen Lee

Marketing Business Owner, NH
The people behind GYC

Board of Directors

Chair Person
Justin McNeilus

President, Sterling State Bank, MN

President
Andrew Park

Pastor, Michigan Conference

Executive Secretary
Kelsey Unruh

Cardiac Sonographer, FL

Treasurer
Allison Toktogulova

Customs Broker, CA

General VP
Joshua Ahn

Teacher, MN

Board Member
Moise Ratsara

Pastor, Michigan Conference

Board Member
Israel Ramos

GYC Co-Founder / Public Campus Ministries Director, Lake Union & Michigan Conference

Board Member
Amy Sheppard Ratsara

Asst. Prosecuting Attorney, Kalamazoo County, MI

Board Member
Justin Kim

GYC Co-Founder / Editor, Adventist Review, General Conference, MD

Board Member
Chester Clark III

Executive Secretary, Georgia-Cumberland Conference

Board Member
Adam Ramdin

Executive Director, Lineage Journey, UK

Board Member
Andy Im

Communications Director, Michigan Conference

Board Member
Stephen Waterbrook

Missionary Surgeon, Bere Adventist Hospital, Chad

Board Member
Erhard Gallos

Assistant Professor, Andrews University, MI

Board Member
Michel Lee

Assistant Professor, Southern Adventist University, TN

April 6, 2022. Andy Im, left, Israel Ramos, Hannah Klingbeil, Justin McNeilus, Amy Ratsara, Justin Kim, Stephen Waterbrook, Andrew Park, Adam Ramdim, Chester Clark III, Joshua Ahn, Michael Hasel, Allison Toktogulova
Through the years

Past Conferences

Dec. 27–31, 2023
Portland, OR
Dec. 28–31, 2022
Phoenix, AZ
Dec. 29, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022
Houston, TX
Jan. 1–4, 2020
Louisville, KY
Dec. 28–31, 2018
Houston, TX
What we uphold

Spirit of GYC

In seeking to uphold the distinctive message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, GYC will promote among its participants:

#1

A respect for Scripture as the foundation and test of all teachings and practices

#2

An appreciation for the Spirit of Prophecy as an authoritative source of instruction, comfort, and warning

#3

A quest for Biblical holiness through a daily prayer and devotional experience with Jesus and a commitment to following His Word

#4

A vibrant worship experience one that is characterized by principle, reverence, and decorum

#5

A passion for lost souls animated by personal experience in the saving love of Jesus and a desire for His imminent return

#6

A cultivation of godly relationships preserving purity and encouraging accountability

#7

An exemplary and abundant lifestyle in recreation, entertainment, dress, and healthful living

#8

An enthusiasm for service through care for the needy, service to the community, promotion of human rights, and stewardship of the environment

#9

A commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist Church as God’s remnant church by supporting and upholding its principles, organization, and leadership

#10

An attitude of humility and cordiality as we seek to clarify, articulate, and defend the Biblical teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist church