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Northeast Indiana Youth for Christ merging with Ft. Wayne chapter

The Northeast Indiana YFC Board has decided to join forces with the Fort Wayne Area YFC chapter, convinced that the two ministries will be “Better Together.”

“Better Together.” Two very powerful words. Jesus sent his disciples out two-by-two. Marriages are successful when couples deeply commit to one another. Collaborations are more fruitful when people join hands for a common cause. “Better Together” will be the theme of the upcoming Youth For Christ campaign.

Ken Conrad has been moving toward retirement over the past year. He officially concluded his tenure with Northeast Indiana YFC in September after 41 years of faithful service.

Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ currently serves Allen, Whitley, Wabash and Huntington counties, and is widely regarded as one of the strongest chapters among all 160 YFC chapters in the nation. Their leadership staff has a combined total of 90 years of youth-ministry experience.

As with the Northeast Indiana chapter, they are financially healthy and debt-free. They have the infrastructure in place to manage operations and supervise current and future YFC staff across all counties served. It will be a powerful collaboration.

The close proximity and the strong working relationships already in place will make both ministries more effective at reaching teens for Christ. By not duplicating overhead and operating expenses, they will have more funds to reach more students at more schools. They are also able to expand Juvenile Justice Fast Start ministries.

Northeast Indiana will continue to have strong YFC Board representation. In addition, there will be an advisory council with members from each of the four counties served: DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben.

There is much more news to share and the public is invited to a Town Hall meeting to inform the community and answer questions about the merger.

The first meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 4, at the First Church of God in LaGrange, and the second meeting is on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Auburn Youth for Christ building. Doors for both meetings will open at 6:45 p.m. and the meetings start at 7-8 p.m.

For more information about the Town Hall meetings, call Barb Mattax at 260-484-4551 ext. 207 or e-mail bmattax@