Young Adult Friends Gathering, 2010

The Planning Committee

The Planning Committee for this gathering is comprised of Friends from across North America. Representing a wide range of culture, experience, and geography, we are united in the Spirit of Christ. We ask for your prayers as we work to make this gathering a time to deepen our commitment to service of God and neighbor.

Feel free to contact the committee at: yaf2010 [at]

Abbie McCracken lives in Newberg, Oregon, and is a recent graduate of George Fox University’s social work program. Her desire to pursue social work was inspired by her passion for the elderly. Over the last four years she has worked at three different Quaker camps in the Northwest and developed a love for camping ministry. She serves as interim youth pastor at Newberg Friends Church  (Northwest Yearly Meeting) through 2009.
Charity Sandstrom is a mother of two beautiful girls and wife of a wonderful husband, Richard.  She has been a Young Adult Friend for many years and is excited to finally be involved in a YAF gathering!  Charity is a graduate of Barclay College, Haviland Kansas, and a recorded minister in Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting.  Currently ministering at First Friends Church in Emporia, Kansas, Charity is happy to be serving in her home yearly meeting, EFC-MAYM
Eileen Kinch attends Keystone Fellowship Friends Meeting, which is affiliated with Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative). She graduated from Earlham School of Religion in 2007. She has done research- and writing-related work in Friends settings, including the Friends Collection and Archives at Earlham College, Richmond Friends School, and West Richmond Friends Meeting. She recently published a history, The ESR Story: 1985-2010.   Her poetry has appeared in the Western Friend anthology, Enlivened by the Mystery: Quakers and God, and she also has an essay forthcoming in the Quakers United in Publishing youth book, Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices.  Eileen lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Faith Kelley grew up at Shiloh Chapel Evangelical Friends Church in Marysville, Ohio, a part of Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region.  She currently serves as Hospitality Coordinator at the William Penn House, a Quaker hostel and center, in Washington, DC.  She also sits on the board of Pendle Hill. She enjoys reading and talking walks with her husband.
Jared Warner grew up among Evangelical Friends in Mid America Yearly Meeting his entire life, in Mt. Ayr Friends Meeting in Alton, Kansas. He has served as a pastor in Winfield and Arkansas City, Kansas. He has been working among students in University Friends as a volunteer for the past 2 years and is currently transitioning to ministry at Willow Creek Friends Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. He has a background in agricultural sciences and Christian ministry, with degrees from Fort Hays State University and Friends University. He is married to Kristy (Aubuchon) Warner who is a ceramic artist with a degree from Wichita State University, and has one 11 year-old son.
Karla Moran was born in Puerto Barrios Isabal, in Guatemala where both her parents were pastors, under the care of Guatemala Yearly Meeting. Her parents soon decided to move to California, where they attended Bell Hispanic Friends Church, under the care of Evangelical Friends Church – Southwest Yearly Meeting. She spent her teenage years in Boston, where her father pastored at an Hispanic Friends church. Before she graduated high school, she moved to Rhode Island where her father worked as a church-planter under the care of Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region Yearly Meeting. During this time, she and her family occasionally attended North Smithfield Friends Meeting, part of New England Yearly Meeting. Having attended college in Rhode Island, she recently moved to Indianapolis where she attends First Friends Meeting. She is a member of Eastern Region Yearly Meeting.
Kate Newlin is a member of Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting, part of Pacific Yearly Meeting.  Though from the West Coast, she has lived the past four years in Richmond, Indiana while pursuing a Masters degree in Quaker Studies at Earlham School of Religion.  She is interested in bringing together Friends of all kinds for the purpose of sharing our various experiences of God and forging new relationships within the wide web of Quakerism.
Katie Terrell Wonsik is a member of Fairview Friends Meeting in Wilmington Yearly Meeting. She has taken several courses on the Ministry of Writing at the Earlham School of Religion and is a contributing writer to the Barclay Press curriculum, Adult Friend. Since late 2007 she has served as the editor of Quaker Life magazine, a publication of Friends United Meeting. She served on the planning committee for the May 2008 YAF gathering in Richmond, Indiana, and is excited for the Christ-centered fellowship of another national gathering of Friends.
Micah Bales grew up in Kansas, as a child of two pastors at University Friends Church (Great Plains/Mid-America Yearly Meeting). After rejecting religion entirely during high school and college, he eventually returned to the Church, in the unprogrammed Friends tradition.  He is a member of Heartland Monthly Meeting (Great Plains Yearly Meeting).  In 2005, Micah attended the World Gathering of Young Friends in Lancaster, England, where he received the Holy Spirit and was called to ministry. Since then, God has brought (and continues to bring) him through a process of convincement that draws him ever deeper into relationship with Christ Jesus. Micah has traveled extensively in the Gospel ministry under the care of Great Plains Yearly Meeting. In January of 2009, he received an M.Div degree from Earlham School of Religion (ESR).  He now works for ESR as Coordinator of Young Adult Engagement.
Molly Loesch, Great Plains Yearly Meeting/Mid-America Yearly Meeting.
Ruth Lowe grew up in North Carolina Yearly Meeting (FUM).  She is a senior at Guilford College, involved in the Quaker Leader Scholars Program there. She currently serves as a childcare worker at Friendship Friends Meeting (North Carolina Yearly Meeting [Conservative]) in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Tyler Hampton is a member of Detroit Friends Meeting in Detroit, Michigan, where he has helped to start the New City Friends worship group. Since attending the 2008 Young Adult Friends conference in Richmond, Indiana he has been travelling among Friends to learn more about the larger Society. Tyler has a concern for living out and growing the Christian faith of Friends in the context of contemporary urban life.

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