YFS Alumni 2001-2005


Matt Elser ('01)

Youth Pastor, Upper St. Clair Alliance Church- Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania

Rayski Villegas ('01) [married to Sara ('01)]

Youth for Christ-  New York City, NY (with YFC since 2002)

Leads "Blaze Fest" (a Hip Hop Camp) annually, in Schenectady, New York, where youth are introduced to the Gospel through dj-ing, mc-ing, breakdancing,  graffiti art, and beat-making.

Graeme Watson (’01)

            On staff with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), Colorado Springs, Colorado

Formerly the youth pastor at Girard Alliance Church, Girard, Pennsylvania, from 2002-2007

Josh Thompson ('01)

Head Women's Basketball Coach, King University- Bristol, Tennessee

Tom O'Connell ('01)

Senior Associate Pastor, Hope Church- Brunswick, Ohio

Planted Lodi Community C&MA Church, Senior Pastor for 9 years there.

Dao Yang (’01)

            Pastor, Hmong Alliance Church, Leola, Pennsylvania

Joel Wesseldyke ('01)

Author: Daily Youth Devotions; Photographer


Mike Thompson ('02)

Family Ministry Pastor, Sarasota Alliance Church- Sarasota, Florida

John Frank ('02)

Pastor of Young Adult Ministries, Cornerstone Christian Church- Wykoff, New Jersey

Ron Chen ('02)

Associate Pastor of English Ministry, Queens Herald Church of the C&MA- Flushing, New York

Joshua Hotsenpiller (’02)

            Lead Pastor of Existence Church, San Diego, California

            Principal of Profits 4 Purpose, managing and overseeing product development

Principal of the 80/20 challenge, a software seeking to reverse the trend in churches that 20% of the people own 80% of the vision and commitment

Dale Patrick (’02)

            Pastor of NextGen, Lilburn Alliance Church, Tucker, Georgia

Sarah Sanz (’02)

            Works with Central Ohio Youth for Christ, Johnstown, Ohio


Heather Horn ('03)

Director of Children's Ministries, Jacksonville Chapel, Lincoln Park, New Jersey

Eric Cesarski, M.A. ('04)

Youth Pastor, Faith Baptist Church- Stoughton, MA

Paul Fuller (’03) (Married to Shanell Hoyte Fuller (’04)

Youth Pastor at Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church, North Stonington, Connecticut

Matthew Steen (’03)

Founder of Church Simple, a ministry serving churches through Church Concierge, Coaching Cohorts, and consulting, Greater NYC area

Amanda Gott-Nagyhetenyi (’03)

            Enterprise Works, Career Center for Youth Instructor

            Former Youth Director at Faith Community Church, Dublin, Ohio, 2006-2009

            Received Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University

Jason Nelson (’03)

            Senior Pastor, Shelby Alliance Church, Shelby, Ohio

Erik Pasco (’03)

Youth Pastor at Brewster Road Alliance Church, Birmingham, Alabama

James Souza (’03)

            Associate Pastor, Riverside Alliance Church, Akron, Ohio

Seth Galloway ('03)

Professional Soccer/Football Player- Balesteir Khalsa FC- a Singapore Premier Team; Malaysia; Chicago Eagles;  NCAA All American

Associate Project Mgr., Stryker- Dallas, Texas


Chris Coakley ('04)

President, Grain of Hope 58:10, non-profit ministry bringing grain and water to

those living in poverty in Burkina Faso, West Africa


Gregory Svoboda (’04)

            Young Adult Pastor, Gateway River Church, Cleveland, Ohio

            Speaker and writer, http://gregsvoboda.com/

Mark Allen (’04)

            Youth Pastor, Grace Church Roseville, Roseville, Minnesota

Gary Croniser ('04)

Started "Black River Valley Gospel Radio" in Lowville, New York, as a non-profit ministry , consisting of evangelism,  missions, and radio &  television broadcasting


Steven Jackson (’04)

            Youth Pastor, First Alliance Church, Mansfield, Ohio

Erica Lara (’04)

Coordinator/Student Leadership – RD for Simpson Hall, Nyack College

Justin Reese (’04)

            Youth Pastor, Salem Bible Church, Macungie, Pennsylvania


Dan Burgess ('05)

Youth and Worship Pastor, Lighthouse Church, Mt. Pleasent, South Carolina

Worship Leader- Palmetto Christian Academy

Previous experience with Fellowship of Christian Atheletes and Prison Ministry

Robert Simone (’05)

            Youth Pastor, Emmanuel Alliance Church, Frederick, Maryland

Keith Klingen ('05) (PMin/Youth Ministry)

Web/Blog designer for Brooklyn Creative Design

Host of "Ministry Thoughts on Youth and Families" Blog


Michael Alix (’05)

            Senior Pastor, Blessed Hope Church, Waterville, Maine

Cherish Padro ('05)

Program Adviser with Smart Business Resource Center, an organization  providing workforce services in Shasta and Trinity Counties, CA

Actively volunteers with Risen King Community Church as a Worship singer on the leadership team, with the Heritage Café Community Center

Board of Directors for Shasta County Chemical People, (Partners for a Drug Free  Community).

The Latino American Who’s Who 2012.

“Dr. Belsterling, I wanted to let you know that you were one of those instrumental professors that challenged me intellectually and I am so grateful! I remember you said to me, "Cherish, you are going to end up in grad school!" I disagreed at the time but I wanted to let you know I will be graduating this April from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary (M.A. Intellectual Leadership). Thank you for teaching me and helping me understand what it means to: YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.' (MARK 12:30)

[2/11/12 email]