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 nearly 20 years of experience in youth ministry both in small and big churches. He currently serves as Student & Young Adult Pastor at Ridgepoint Church in Wichita, KS. He has been the Chairman of USMB Youth since 2012. His passions in life are Jesus, board games, movies, video games, most sports, and of course his family. With his lovely wife Katie, and two fun and energetic daughters Ever and Emmy.
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.
I live in Birch Bay, Washington with my wife, Amy, and our current foster kiddos. I have worked in youth ministry for 13 year, the last 5 as the Youth Director at Birch Bay Bible Community Church. To my students I am “Mr. Director Sir,” and they know if they are not careful, there will be a nerf dart flying in their direction! I love connecting with people and want to see Youth Leaders come together and be in community with each other.
Jon and Michele Fiester moved to Rapid City, SD in 2011. It was 5 years later (2016) while serving as Youth Pastor at Bible Fellowship Church, that the true need for Christ in this community was realized. If every seat in every church in Rapid City were filled, it wouldn't be enough. He needed more space to do it with. It became clear to them that God wanted to start a new church. In 2019 he planted Renewal MB Church in Rapid City, SD.
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.