The USMB Youth Commission oversees all things youth ministry for USMB nationally including vision, networking, and developing. The commission is formed of various people who have a passion for youth in a wide range of locations and positions.
We represent each of the United States Mennonite Brethren Districts.
Kyle has over 13 years of experience in youth ministry and has worked as the Student Ministries Pastor at First MB Church since February 2014. He is the Chairman of USMB Youth (National Youth Commission) since 2012. He married his lovely wife Katie and they have two fun and energetic daughters.
Russ Claassen is the District Youth Minister for the Southern District Conference, Youth Pastor at Koerner Heights Church, and point person for the USMB Youth Worker Network. He lives in Newton, Kansas, with his lovely wife, Chandelle, and their two sons, Sam & Dellen.
Wendell Loewen teaches at Tabor College in the areas of youth, church and culture. He also directs FaithFront – a leadership program for high school students. Wendell, a speaker and youth ministry consultant, has also co-chaired two National Mennonite Brethren Youth Conventions. His heartbeat is empowering a new generation of Christian leaders who are willing to follow Jesus Christ daily, radically, and totally in life. Wendell and his wife Shelly live in Hillsboro, Kansas.
Jeral Gross has served on the National Youth Committee for Estes 03, Anaheim 07, San Antonio 2011, and Named 2015. He has been connected to youth ministry since 1996 serving as a youth leader, teacher, mentor, and chairman of the Central District Youth Committee. As a past banker with 16 years of experience, he serves the committee well with his experience in financial matters and contract negotiation. He and his wife Andrea live in Mitchell, SD where he manages a Title Company and is an Appraiser. They are expecting their first child in January 2015.
Anthony is a native Montanan who studied and was discipled in the city of Chicago. He now serves as youth pastor in the multi-cultural community of Huron, SD. He is blessed beyond what he deserves with an amazing wife & 4 daughters!
After 15 years as a pastor in the Southern and Central districts, Stephen is now a "mobilizer" with MB Mission. His team resources churches and individuals toward living on mission locally, nationally and globally. He and Mary K. live in Denver and have two grown children, Aby and Jacob.