Staff

We are blessed to have a dedicated team of staff passionate about serving our local youth.

  • For general inquiries, please call our main office at (561) 686-5702 or email us at office@yfcteens.com
  • For specific questions, please see the staff directory below
  • Interested in joining our team? Download an application here.

Meet our Staff

  • David Killian
    Executive Director

    A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, David has a passion to empower adults to share the gospel with students, developing lifelong followers of Jesus Christ in partnership with the local church. He joined YFC in 2011 and has a heart to challenge, serve, and encourage the staff as well as adult leaders to reach every student in Palm Beach County.  While striving to expand the reach of YFC in this county, he continues to lead a Campus Life Middle School club, enjoying the face to face interaction with youth. David is married to Lindsey and they have 3 children.

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  • Kim Barrantes
    Ministry Director
    Parent Life/Girl Talk

    Kim has been around Youth for Christ her entire life as her Father was a leader within YFC for 47 years! With 20+ years of ministry in Palm Beach County herself, she continues to desire that all youth we reach become lifelong followers of Jesus, whether they are middle schoolers throwing balls in a gym or teen moms sitting around the table with their babies.  Kim especially enjoys empowering adult leaders as they develop relationships with youth they are ministering to.  Kim holds her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, is married to Jerry and has 2 adult children.  For relaxation, you’ll find them on a paddleboard or biking while camping at parks all across the US.

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  • Walter Barrows
    Campus Life Middle 

    Walter is originally from Philadelphia, PA and is a die-hard Philly sports fan.  Walter’s life radically changed one night in West Palm Beach when street evangelists introduced him to Jesus.  This transformation led to a passion for sharing the gospel.  He has been part of the YFC family since 2013 and has lived in south Florida for 10+ years. Walter currently serves middle and high school age students in Greenacres, FL through Campus Life. A fun fact about Walter is he’s the 2009 silver medal winner of the Tennessee State Fair’s Blue Bell ice cream eating contest.

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  • Will Deal Jr
    Catalyst

    Growing up in Lake Worth with 7 siblings and divorced parents, they struggled to make ends meet. “Between my mother, father, and grandmother, I was confused by the three different religions they each practiced. The division this created made me wonder, if this is what God is about, why even believe? How can anyone prove God really exists?” ​Consequently, alone and without purpose, Will started stealing, smoking marijuana, selling drugs, and drinking by age 13. After a close brush with the law, he became friends with a DJ and started hanging out with the hip hop community. When Will discovered Catalyst, he was impacted by ​the love of Christ through people who weren't judgmental or ​religious​. ​He subsequently gave his life to Christ​, filling the void he’d felt his entire life​. The radical life change he experienced fuels Will as director of Catalyst, now extending the love of Christ to others in the Hip Hop community.

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  • Leland Herring
    Campus Life Middle

    Leland grew up in Haiti and Miami, instilling in him a love for diversity. As a result, he speaks English, Creole and Spanish, and has been married to Melissa for over 25 years. They have 2 children, Will and Tyneisha… #ProLife.  Leland has been on staff with Palm Beach County Youth for Christ for 20 + years.  He directs Campus Life Clubs at Emerald Cove Middle, Wellington Landings Middle & Wellington High School, always seeking to share Jesus and raise Godly students. Although simple, Leland’s motto in sharing the Good News with students is, “This life is temporary… the next one is forever. A personal relationship with Christ is everything.” Romans 5:8 is one of his favorite verses, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us.”

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  • Mike James
    Finances

    Mike is originally from Missouri where he was known as the "tax man", managing a large district for H&R Block during the day and ministering to kids and teens on evenings and weekends. He joined the staff of Youth for Christ over 20 years ago to bring the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to public school students and their families.  Mike currently serves as our Financial Director while leading Campus Life at Watson B Duncan Middle School. One of his favorite verses is Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."  He is helping to raise his grandson, Gabriel, and enjoys keeping in contact with his former students as they grow into men and women following Christ and having children of their own. Mike also ministers to middle school boys at Family Church, is a Military Chaplain and Chairman of the Board at the Community Health Center of West Palm Beach.

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  • Chelsea Smith
    Campus Life

    Chelsea grew up in Palm Beach County and is married to Cameron, who is also on staff.  A small, working farm keeps her busy, though she’s always willing to stop for a friend and enjoy a cup of coffee.  Chelsea volunteered with YFC for a year and felt God calling her to leave her job as a hair and makeup artist to join the ministry full time in 2015. “I serve with Youth for Christ because I remember what it was like to be 14 and feel hopeless and alone.”  she says.  “I want kids to experience the power and purpose that I felt when Jesus entered my life as a teenager.” Her passion is that every high school student in Palm Beach County would see themselves made in the image of God and would find their value in Christ.

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  • Cameron Smith
    Campus Life

    Cameron is one of our Site Directors for Campus Life High School. Graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2014 with a degree in Graphic Design, he taught entry-level film and design classes. God had a bigger plan though, and Cameron joined Youth For Christ full time in 2016 to share the love, forgiveness, and hope Christ gives us with students in our county! He enjoys the blessing of working alongside his wife Chelsea to share the Gospel. Some of his hobbies include playing drums and guitar, and tending to his farm animals.

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  • Meg Sterrett
    Office Manager

    Meg is the first person you see when you enter the YFC office. Along with keeping the office running smoothly, she also serves in both the Campus Life and Girl Talk ministries. Meg’s enthusiasm and passion are fueled by a desire “to see that every middle school-er be given the opportunity to become a life-long follower of Christ, and to grow in their faith”.  Meg enjoys traveling, staying active and spending quality time with her husband Jim.

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  • JJ Lewis
    Campus Life

    John(JJ) Lewis grew up in the inner city of West Palm Beach and feels called to make a difference in his own “backyard”.  Early in life JJ dealt with a lot of pain and sorrow, leading him to resist the call God had on his life. Today, his passion for Christ drives him to see the youth in his community know Jesus as LORD and then pass it on to others, transforming lives and neighborhoods.  JJ is married to Cassie and they have 4 children.  When possible you’ll find him on the water fishing or grilling / smoking meat.

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  • Lindsey Killian
    Parent Life

    Lindsey joined Youth for Christ 8 years ago as a volunteer with Parent Life. “I love Youth for Christ because it allows me to flesh out Hebrews 13:7 "Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith." says Lindsey.  She was greatly impacted herself while in middle and high school through leaders who helped direct her to the Lord, molding her faith.  Lindsey continues to serve in Parent Life as co leader, engaging teen moms and their children, pouring into their lives. She also enjoys sharing on social media the stories of youth we’re able to impact, allowing our community and YFC family to celebrate what God is doing. She is married to David and they have three amazing children.

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  • Dan Ferris
    Development Director

    Dan has been a long time partner with Youth for Christ and is pleased to join the staff in their pursuit of reaching young people with the gospel message of hope. As Development Director Dan provides support for strong relationships between staff and partners while seeking ways to invite new partners into the mission. He has transitioned out of the business world having been in the pharmaceutical industry for 30 years. Dan graduated with an engineering degree and an MBA from Olivet Nazarene University.  “I hope and pray that God is able to use what he’s taught me to further the reach of Palm Beach YFC.” says Dan.  His wife Julie volunteers with YFC as well and they have 3 married, adult kids with 1 granddaughter.  In his free time he enjoys reading, running, golfing and traveling with Julie.

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  • Sherrie-Ann Miller
    Campus Life

    Sherrie-Ann has been serving with kids / students in some capacity for many years. After receiving her bachelors in education, she taught middle school for 4 years. During that time, she learned about YFC and eagerly connected! She quickly became a teacher sponsor for YFC at school and volunteered in other ways as well. “Sharing Jesus in a public school was amazing for me!” she says.  Sherrie-Ann has since joined the YFC Staff on a part time basis and serves as a Site Director for a local middle school. She is passionate about relationships - with Jesus, with students, and with family and friends. Staying active, visiting new places, eating ice cream, and spending quality time with my family and friends, are a few of her favourite things!

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