Our Board

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Tim Svoboda
YWAM San Francisco Bay Area Coordinator

Timothy Svoboda is currently the International Urban missions Director for Youth With A Mission and also serves as the City Coordinator for YWAM San Francisco and the Bay Area. Tim, his wife and children have served in India from 1983 to 2007. Tim was the National Director for YWAM India, the South Asia Urban Ministry Coordinator and the Chennai City Coordinator. YWAM Chennai has developed into a decentralized movement of 17 focused teams that are living incarnationally and reaching out to leprosy patients, slum dwellers, university students, urban middle class people, Muslims, and into other sectors of society. Tim also was one of the founders for Chennai Transformation Network which is a movement that unites the Christians of the city for transformational ministry. Tim and Karol currently live in San Francisco giving leadership to the ministry of YWAM there and around the world in cities. Tim has also served on the Global Leadership Team for YWAM international and locally Tim has served on several San Francisco faith initiatives. Tim earned his Doctorate in Ministry from the Bakke Graduate University in 2007 and is an adjunct professor for BGU for their courses in India.


Angela Haythorpe
YWAM Ember Ink Base Director

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Angela joined YWAM Townsville, Australia in 2000. Serving there just shy of 10 years, she has worked as the Director’s Assistant, has helped develop and assist in the Training, Communications and Music Departments of YWAM Townsville. Angela, along with her husband Luke and their four children, moved to San Jose, California at the end of 2009 to pioneer YWAM Ember Ink (www.emberink.com), an extension of YWAM San Francisco. Luke and Angela currently serve as directors of YWAM Ember Ink.


Brett A. Curtis
Chair of Governance Committee
YWAM Ships Orange County Director

Brett and his wife, Karen, joined YWAM in 1983, serving with Mercy Ships until 2004. Brett served as CEO on the M/V Good Samaritan and then as founding CEO of the M/V Caribbean Mercy before moving into a role at the Mercy Ships International Operations Center in Texas as Vice President, International Development Group. In January 2004, Brett became the Chief Operating Officer for YWAM San Diego/Baja. In 2010, pioneered YWAM Ships OC. He currently lives in Kona, Hawaii. Brett and Karen have five children.


Charlie Francis
Chair of Audit Committee, Board Treasurer
Director Government Finance Solution, Opengov                

Charlie has accumulated forty plus years of local government management experience. He has spent time as a government Chief Financial Officer, corporate officer, director, chief of party, team lead, senior manager, and as a senior consultant on international and national public consulting engagements. As of January 2015, Charlie has been working as the Director Government Finance Solution at the software company Opengov.

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Jason Martinez
Board Secretary
YWAM San Francisco Base Operations Manager

Jason did his Discipleship Training School in San Francisco in 2005. He and Justine got married in 2008 after meeting her when she did her Discipleship Training School in San Francisco. Jason has served in most of the departments of the base and is presently the base operations manager. In this position Jason coordinates those who oversee the office, communications, kitchen, maintenance, hospitality and finances. Jason and Justine have 3 children. Jason loves sports, is a Dodger and Lakers fan, is a bicyclist and an avid story teller. 


Gordy McDonald
YWAM Montana Leadership Development

Gordy and his wife, Renee, began their ministry as youth pastors shortly after being married in 1973. In 1979 they joined Youth With A Mission in Kona, Hawaii and have served in the training and equipping of missionaries in both Hawaii and Montana. In 1985 the McDonalds moved to Lakeside to direct the training programs of YWAM Montana and in 1989 they assumed the overall leadership of the ministry until November of 2002. Gordy served as the Northwest Director for Youth With A Mission having responsibilities for the other YWAM works in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Alaska and Wyoming. In June of 2004 Gordy was invited to join the staff of Evergreen Community Church in Bothell Washington and served there until June of 2007. Later that year the McDonalds rejoined YWAM and are now serving in Montana and at large in the area of leadership development. Gordy has also recently completed a Masters degree in Leadership. The McDonalds have two children, a married son Cory, age 33 and a married daughter Krista, age 29.


Craig Anderson
YWAM Chico California

After graduating from high school in 1985, Craig spent the next six years serving as a volunteer youth worker in his local church and with Young Life, working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Ministerial Studies and then serving as the youth, worship and outreach pastor at the church where he was raised.  In 1992 He and his wife Sharon joined YWAM in Kona, Hawaii to work with DTS schools before moving to Vienna, Austria in 1992. During the time in Vienna Craig led a pioneering team, oversaw a small base and served as the administrator for YWAM Austria.  He served in several nation-wide coalitions in the areas of youth ministry, leadership development and outreach.  In addition, he was a founding member of YWAM’s Central European Leadership Team. 

In 2009 Craig and his family moved to Chico, California where Craig has been the base administrator. During this time Craig completed a Master of Arts in Christian Management and Leadership and in 2013, Craig and three others were appointed to serve as a Base Director Team for YWAM Chico.  He currently serves as President of the Board and also sits on the Board of the Richardson Springs Community Services District.

Craig has been married to Sharon for almost 25 years and they have three children, Caleb 20, Mattias 18 and Katia 15.  Craig enjoys hiking, reading, playing guitar, daydreaming, watching movies, and anything Minnesota Vikings.


Kirsten Gray
Seneca Family of Agencies, Interim Director of Education and Training

Kirsten received her master’s degree in Applied Psychology, with a concentration in Child and Family Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is currently the Interim Director of Education and Training at Seneca Family of Agencies and has been overseeing the provision of training since 2010. She has managed diverse teams in several organizations throughout Northern California. Kirsten has also supported in the oversight of Christian life groups, specifically in the areas of building up the marriages of young couples. Kirsten is currently supporting the development and establishment of workplace missions groups within the Silicon Valley with Youth With A Mission.


John Briggs
Chair of the Board
COO at Mission Builders International

John and Donna Briggs enjoy helping others discover the joy of knowing God and making Him known. With degrees in Education and Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, John and  Donna used their skills and callings to assist small organizations in realizing their very big dreams. Along the way, business opportunities added to their experience and management skills and led them to join Youth With A Mission of Montana in 1984. For the next 15 years, John and Donna served in a variety of roles necessary to develop a new ministry including the areas of communication and business administration. In 2000, John and Donna were literally called out of YWAM Montana and into Mission Builders International.  They have worked to build a team of volunteers who share a desire to know the Lord Jesus and serve Him wherever he leads. John and Donna are available to serve conferences and churches as they challenge and provide immediate placement for those interested in exploring ministry opportunities in the U.S., Canada, and 29 other nations. Their goal is to assist short-term volunteers to come alongside long-term missionaries in over 1,200 operating locations in more than 186 nations.


James Taylor
Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Development Committee
Managing Director at The Presidio Group

James is the primary relationship manager for investment banking clients at The Presidio Group. During his more than 30-year career in the automotive industry, he has worked on both the retail and manufacturer sides, developing deep relationships throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Prior to Presidio, James led product planning for Toyota in North America and was also part of the Lexus launch team. James was an operating partner in a number of successful dealerships and worked with Joe Gibbs Racing, Southeast Toyota distributors, and the Wolfington Companies in a variety of automotive opportunities. James earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Cincinnati.