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The Team

The Converge staff team supports you. Whether you are a Student, Host, Mentor, or Donor, we closely follow your missional project activities through our weekly reporting, training, and prayer times and our monthly celebration meals. Every Converge Staff will travel to at least one Field Project every year.

We are ready to help, to answer questions, and to assist you at every step of your Converge experience. If you do not see what you need on this site, please reach out. We will be happy to help.

If you are a superstar and you would like to join this exciting team, check out our list of openings below and contact us. If you would like to join us as an intern or volunteer before committing to a staff role, contact John Henry

All full time staff must first complete YWAM’s Discipleship Training School. 

John Henry - Director

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John Henry has been serving with Youth With A Mission since 1985. He has extensive experience engaging college students and connecting them with internship opportunities as the founder and CEO of YWAM's Student Mobilization Centre. John has personally directed the mobilization of 75 student teams from over 100 colleges and universities from nine countries on internships in over 30 countries since 1989.

John is pioneering YWAM Converge and developing the Converge online platform. These initiative flow directly from his Master of Global Leadership studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Through discourse, introspective/relational prayer and personal mentoring from Robert Clinton, Robert Freeman, Mark Hopkins, Wilbert Shenk and others, John captured a vision for an online resource connecting and equipping today’s Christian students to lead the next major wave of collaborative missions and holistic witness.

Through that process, John developed a training curricula for spiritual formation, which has now been incorporated into Converge, and he worked with the YWAM Converge team and other web designers to launch the online platform. John is responsible for all aspects of Converge, including developing and implementing the vision and ensuring that it prepares people for practical ministry.

Mary Henry - Administrator

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Mary manages all donation receipting, payroll for staff, and produces a monthly reporting of cash flow, income and expenses. John & Mary have three children, Justin, Nathan, and Rebecca. After living and working with YWAM in NJ, FL, HI, VA, WI and Delhi, India, she and her husband returned in 2013 to the town where she grew up to pioneer YWAM Ocean City. Mary works with her brother's business, Allegretto Plumbing. In addition, Mary works for the Provost managing all transcripts for the University of the Nations. She completed the School of Evangelism and the first Principles in Child and Youth Ministries with the UofN. Mary completed her DTS in 1986. 

To get to full support, John & Mary will need new partners giving toward their monthly budget of $4000. This amount will allow her to work full time in YWAM.

YWAM does not pay its staff. Our staff meet their financial needs by partnering with friends and churches who support their ministry.

Join John & Mary Henry's prayer and support team or become a fundraiser for them by clicking here

Jessica Kalisa - Executive Champion

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Jessica Kalisa has recently returned to southern New Jersey with her husband and three children after ten years in Kigali, Rwanda, where she worked as Curriculum Coordinator and High School Guidance Counselor at the International School of Kigali, Rwanda. She is originally from New Jersey, USA, where she taught ESL and served as a teen mentor and worship leader and helped coordinate missions outreaches in the local community, the Caribbean, Europe, and East Africa before moving to Rwanda. She completed her DTS in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2003 and holds a BA in History and International Studies from Rowan University and master’s degrees in Global & International Education and in Higher Education Administration with concentrations in Peace Education and in Student Development, respectively, from Drexel University.

Jessica has joined the YWAM Ocean City staff as Executive Champion and will focus on Operations and Personnel.

To get to full support, Jessica will need new partners giving toward her monthly budget of $2500. This amount will allow her to work full time in YWAM Ocean City.

YWAM does not pay its staff. Our staff meet their financial needs by partnering with friends and churches who support their ministry. Join Jessica's prayer and support team or become a fundraiser for her by clicking here .

Amy Off - Coordinator for Global Projects

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Amy’s task is to research and invite potential Hosts to register projects. She will assist you with the Submit a Project online application  and support you to effectively host Converge internships.

Amy Off completed her YWAM DTS in South Africa in 2015. Before her DTS, she was a volunteer at YWAM Ocean City, helping to run the first pilot program. She has been involved with missions since 2007 and has travelled to Africa several times, as well as India and the Caribbean. She has led short term teams to Rwanda, Madagascar and Mauritius. Amy is a local girl; she was born and raised in South Jersey, and comes from a large, close-knit family. Before joining YWAM, she worked for her family business. When she's not off trying to change the world, she loves being with her niece and nine nephews, serving her church in worship and youth ministry, reading and attempting to grow more than weeds in her vegetable garden. Amy finds fulfillment loving and serving the people around her, using her administrative gifts and people skills to draw them closer to Jesus. She enthusiastically joined the team in YWAM Ocean City, to serve both the DTS and Converge as Coordinator for Global Projects.

To get to full support, Amy will need several new partners giving toward her monthly budget of $1500. This amount will allow her to work full time in YWAM. YWAM does not pay its staff. Our staff meet their financial needs by partnering with friends and churches who support their ministry.

To join Amy's support team or become a fundraiser for her, click  here

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Want to take part in what God is doing among the nations through our Youth With A Mission staff and projects? YWAM does not pay its staff. We meet our financial needs by partnering with friends and churches who support their ministry.

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staff openings

We are seeking several key full time staff and several volunteers/interns. To find out how you can volunteer, intern, or become a YWAM Converge staff member, click here.