Who We Are

Vision, Mission, Values

Our Vision Statement

It is our vision that, wherever we operate, youth will realize that they are valued, experience meaningful relationships, receive lasting hope for their future, and discover their full potential as God designed it.

Our Mission Statement

As members of the Christian community, we will communicate to youth the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, showing concern for their whole person, and challenging them to become His disciples.

Our Core Values

Core Values smallPrayerful
We will prayerfully seek God’s direction and the leading of His Holy Spirit, ensuring that our vision aligns with His vision for the youth we serve

Purposeful
We will be purposeful and thoughtful in all we do, striving to make wise and well-informed decisions.

Meaningful
We will provide programming that is meaningful to the community’s needs.

Impactful
We will provide programming, with excellence, that has a positive and productive impact on the lives of youth: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Relational
Relationships will be at the core of all we do: providing supportive relationships for youth, giving youth the opportunity to learn about and experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus, and developing working partnerships with community stakeholders and churches.

Ministry Model

Programs
We run a variety of programs throughout the towns of Northumberland County. These programs are created based on perceived needs in the communities. Through these programs we build relationships with youth becoming a part of their lives.

Mentoring
As relationships are built within the group settings of the programs we invite youth to be part of a more personal relationship through matching them with a mentor who can care for them individually.

Places of Discipleship
P.O.D.’s stands for Places Of Discipleship. These are groups where youth can explore, grow and participate in, their ongoing relationship with God. These are safe, caring environments where youth are challenged, heard and encouraged as they discover what it means to follow Christ.

Feeding Back
We recognize that active participation is at the forefront of an individual’s development. In light of this, as we see youth growing in their character and skill set, we invite them to ‘feed back’ into the various programs as student volunteers; for it is by giving that we grow.

Prayer
At NYU we believe strongly that Christ cares for the youth of Northumberland much more than we ever could. And so, we surround all that we do with prayer; asking God to show us how to best meet the needs of individuals that come through our doors.

Our Staff

Tony Posthumus

Tony Posthumus

Executive Director

Read Tony's Ministry Letter

Dear Friend, Many young people walk through adolescence wondering who they are and who they are going to become. They wonder if they matter, if they are loved, and if there is any hope for a future. In the 10+ years working in the youth justice field and 4 years previous to that as a camp program director, I have seen this struggle firsthand.

I have had the privilege of reaching out to these youth and helping to meet some of their social justice needs. Meeting a young person’s physical, mental, and emotional needs is important work. Doing this while at the same time helping them to understand the hope and potential they have in Jesus is life-changing work of the greatest value! Theresa and I believe that God has been preparing me to join Him in this work.

In May 2014 I was approached by YFC and invited to join their team as their new Executive Director in the Northumberland area. This is not something we had pursued but since that initial meeting, we just can’t shake the calling of God on our lives to pursue this opportunity. We are both scared and excited!

With over 10,000 youth in the Northumberland area, there is a lot of work to be done. It is our heart to see that the gospel is taken to each and every youth where they are. To let them know that Jesus loves them as they are. To help them understand how valued they are. To provide for them supportive and caring role-models to go to when they need help or encouragement. To show them that they are uniquely created by God for a great purpose. We want to walk with them as they realize their full potential and become Christ-followers who influence the world around them.

You may be wondering why I am willing to leave a dependable career for missions. At the beginning of this process I was afraid. I was afraid of how this huge life change will affect my family, afraid of the unknown, and afraid of failing. But Theresa and I have been consistently reminded by God that we are not to be afraid. He has clearly told us to follow and trust Him. He will provide for us. He will prepare us for where He is sending us.

Completely trusting God leaves me with a different kind of fear. Now I’m afraid of missing out on what God will teach me, on the amazing miracles He will perform in my family, my heart, my work and in the lives of the young people we will be serving. I am afraid of missing out on seeing the glory that is His (Isaiah 6:3b).

God has given us many scripture verses through this process. Two of the most meaningful are:

  • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Eph. 2:8-10
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight. – Prov. 3:5-6

Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can financially and prayerfully partner with me. I look forward to the blessing of your partnership and how it will impact the lives of young people! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at tony.posthumus@yfccanada.org or 905-376-1265.

If you are in the U.S. and would like to support Tony, click here to donate through YFC International.

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Christine Moss

Christine Moss

Creative Arts Director

A former music teacher, Christine has been on staff since January of 1994 and is currently the Ministry Director for Cobourg and Port Hope.  . With her love of the arts and a desire to see young people reach their fullest life potential, she works alongside volunteers and student leaders, giving leadership in the drop-in centre, high schools, and as the director of Created to Create, a Creative Arts Program for youth ages 10 to 15. 

Email
1.905-373-4707

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Oversight

Board of Directors
The Board of Northumberland YFC / Youth Unlimited engage, oversee and evaluate the Executive Director who then is responsible for the local ministry.

Northumberland YU
Board of Directors

Jeff Donovan
Susan Marten
Allan Chong
John Connor

For more information or to get in touch with any board members, please contact us.

Youth for Christ/Youth Unlimited in Canada
YFC Canada operates as an association of local chapters, each with its own board of directors and legal status. Chapters across the country are united by “Charter Documents” that set forth our common mission and standards of operation.

To reach teenagers in various sub-cultures across Canada, YFC operates a number of programs including:

  • Campus Life and Junior Varsity
  • Neighbourhood Ministries emphasizing Youth Guidance
  • Street Level Ministry
  • Institutional Ministry
  • Youth Centres
  • Teen Moms
  • Camping
  • Project Serve
  • Growth Groups

In addition to these core programs YFC has group homes, seeker Bible studies, back to school programs, Worth Unlimited employment programs, skateboard parks, bike clubs, internet outreach, counselling centres, sports teams, breakfast and supper clubs, special trips/events and so on. Four major cities across Canada currently use fully equipped youth centres on wheels to reach inner city or remote youth.

YFC Canada requires all staff complete the “Leadershaping” Credentialling Training and for Executive Directors, “Executive Director University”.  This combines the best of current resources, peer interaction, assessments, small groups, reflection, action learning, youth culture awareness and instruction by experienced youth workers and Executives from across North America.  Both programs emphasize spiritual formation, character building, resources, ministry skills and capacity building.

Scope of YFC Canada Ministries (2015 Stats)
6,927 Volunteers
721 Full and Part Time Staff
31 Chapters
www.yfccanada.org