Anchorage, Alaska (Trip is full)
DateJuly 12 - July 19, 2021
James & Heather Blackshear
Kristin serves as the Ministry Director for Hyphen, the young adult ministry of UPCI’s Youth Ministries. At New Life Christian Center in Lancaster, Ohio, she serves as a Worship Leader and a part of the NLCC Young Adult Staff. In 2005 she graduated from Indiana Bible College with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts and Music and in 2007 from Liberty University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration specializing in International Business. In 2014 she graduated as Dr. Kristin Keller from the Institute for Worship Studies with a Doctor of Worship Studies Degree. As she travels to unique cities and countries, Kristin enjoys exploring the various coffee and shopping scenes. Her passion is for students and young adults to connect their God-given abilities to Kingdom opportunities for the purpose of building the church.
Michael & DeAnna Thomas
Michael & DeAnna Thomas joined the UPCI Youth Ministries team in January of 2018. Before joining the team, Michael lived in Gadsden, Alabama where he served on staff at Church on the Rock as assistant pastor and youth pastor. Michael has been involved in youth ministry on the local and district level for over sixteen years. His youth ministry experience includes serving as youth pastor, sectional director, district youth secretary as well as youth president for Alabama. Michael is privileged to be an ordained minister of the UPCI and is excited to serve this incredible generation of apostolic youth and young adults.
Michael met his beautiful wife at a youth camp and after many years of pursuit convinced her to marry him. Michael and DeAnna have been married for 14 years now and are parents to an eight-year-old, blue-eyed ray of sunshine named Myla Joy. The Thomas family also recently welcomed a new duo to the family, Jayla Hope and Judah Michael. Michael attended Gateway College of Evangelism/Urshan College and continues his educational pursuits through Hope International University. Michael enjoys running, kayaking, golfing and going on adventures
We will be arranging some different homeless serving projects.
AYC, for me, was the single most life changing trip of my life. It was life changing to see 33 Maasai tribe members receive the Holy Ghost, you could see the sweet Holy Spirit all over them. AYC gave me the opportunity to explore my love for missions, and even further my life in missions. I had the feeling I was called to global missions, my AYC trip completely confirmed that for me.
Brandi Young | Zambia