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Conference Youth Ministry Coordinators

The foundations of any ministry are built on relationships. That’s what the CYMC program focuses on – building relationships with one another.

The Florida-Bahamas Synod is split into 15 smaller conferences. The division of conferences allows for local support and cooperation between neighboring pastors, youth leaders, and congregations. Most conferences have lifted up a youth leader whose goal is to connect and support other youth leaders. This network of youth leaders are referred to as Conference Youth Ministry Coordinators, or CYMCs.

Find Your CYMC

Conference Youth Ministry Coordinators

1) Miami-Dade & Monroe
Pr. Arlene Landin & Callie Howland
AL: Messiah, Miami
CH: Christ the King, Miami
AL: Email
CH: Email

2) Broward-Bahamas
Pastor Keith Walbot
Ministry in Christ, Coral Springs
Email

3) Tradewinds
Shawn Shapton
Holy Spirit, Juno Beach
Email

4) Space Coast
Sister Michelle Collins
Advent, Melbourne
Email

5) Flagler-Volousia
Sister Michelle Collins
Advent, Melbourne
Email

6) First Coast
Tim Davis
Crossroad, Fleming Island
Email

7) Lake
Trixie Richter
Redeemer, Winter Park
Email

8) Heart of Florida
Trixie Richter
Redeemer, Winter Park
Email

9) Pinelands
Pastor J. David Bryant
Spirit of Christ, Lake City
Email

10) Panhandle
VACANT

11) Caloosa
Jim Cooper
Emmanuel, Naples
Email

12) Mid-Gulf
Kristen Hitchcock
Living Lord, Bradenton
Email

13) Tampa
Jordan Palzer
Calvary, Apollo Beach
Email

14) Suncoast
Sue Mendenhall
Prince of Peace, Largo
Email

15) Gulfcoast
Mary Delasin
St. Timothy, Tarpon Springs
Email

CYMC Coach
Kenny Champagne
St. Stephen, Longwood
Email

Website
Mike Gentes
Good Shepherd, Seminole
Email

List of CYMCs last updated on
10.04.13

Find Your Conference

As mentioned above, the Florida-Bahamas Synod is divided into 15 different conference. Below is a map of the conferences by number. One you have your number, you can find your conference’s CYMC in the tab below. If you’re unable to determine which conference you’re a part of, ask your Pastor. You can also get in touch with us through the contact page, and we’ll be happy to help you.Conferences by Number Map

What does a CYMC do?

  • The main responsibility of a CYMC is to reach out and connect with other youth leaders in their conference, and to be a resource where folks can turn to for ministry support.
  • CYMCs aren’t required to have all the answers to the questions fellow youth leaders may present. After all, who does have all the answers? Though, if a CYMC doesn’t have an answer to a question, the CYMC Coach and or other colleagues will be able to help find an answer.
  • CYMCs join in on bi-monthly conference calls. Most of the conference calls take place during the lunch hour on a weekday.
  • While it’s not a requirement, CYMCs try to meet in-person once a year. In the past, these annual in-person meetings have taken place during youth leader retreats and at Synod Assembly.
  • Pray for the young people we get to serve. Pray for those who have been called to serve young people. Pray.

If you’d like to know more, feel free to download the CYMC Job Description.

History Of The CYMC Program

The Great Recession of the late 2000′s forced many faith-based organizations to adapt to the changing economic climate. The Florida-Bahamas Synod was not exempt from learning new ways to minister with fewer financial resources; unfortunately, this led to the elimination of the Synod Youth Specialist position in 2009.

God, though, seems to work all things for good.

After recognizing a need for contact between synodical youth workers, the Conference Youth Ministry Coordinator program was envisioned and implemented throughout late 2010 and early 2011. Originally spearheaded by Pastor Rita Gardner-Tweed, then one of the Assistants to Bishop Benoway, she recruited the first CYMCs and lead the program. In the fall of 2012, Kenny Champagne of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Longwood was hired as the part-time CYMC Coach. As the Coach, Kenny is responsible for coordinating the collective work of the CYMCs.

Originally started as a way a to combat financial difficulties, the CYMC program has shown the Florida-Bahamas Synod the value of grassroots efforts. We look forward to continue building relationship with one another, and furthering the kingdom of the Lord. 

Conferences Without CYMCs

Conferences Without CYMCs

If you’re interested in becoming a CYMC, would like to know more information, and or want to figure out how to get more involved, please contact Kenny Champagne – CYMC Coach.

10) Panhandle
VACANT