Executive Director

Tony Chaney

Youth for Christ (YFC) of Adams, Blackford, Grant, Jay and Wells counties (BiG JAWs) announced April 16, 2012, the appointment of Tony Chaney as Executive Director. BiG JAWs YFC ministers to students in thirteen area high schools, fifteen junior high schools, and the Red Barn, an outreach-based program in Upland, Indiana. Approximately 1,500 area students participate annually.

In announcing the appointment, Chris Harvey, chairman of the YFC board's search committee, stated, "The Board and employees of BiG JAWs YFC are excited not only for Tony Chaney, but also for the students, parents, and school employees in the five counties we are charged to serve. Tony’s love for Jesus, his passion for the students he serves, and his vision of what YFC can become will serve us all well. The Board of Directors is excited for the supporters of BiG JAWs YFC to meet and experience first-hand Tony’s passion and vision. The decision was unanimous by the board after interviewing a number of very qualified candidates. We are thrilled that Tony accepted this position and look forward to working with him to grow the ministry of YFC in all five of our counties."

Tony began his career working for 10 years in a number of engineering and management positions at PHD, Inc. in Fort Wayne. In 1997, he was a member of the original team that planted Life Community Church in Bluffton. In 1998, he joined the ministry team as youth pastor, later becoming Life-Stage pastor and then lead pastor until 2006. Chaney joined YFC in 2007, and served as the Campus Life Director at Norwell High School until 2012.

He is a graduate of Huntington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, and from Indiana Wesleyan University with an Associate of Science degree in business administration.

On accepting the position, Chaney said "I believe so much in the mission of Youth for Christ. Our partnership with local churches, sharp focus, unique emphasis on relational presence, and diversely gifted ministry team brings the life-saving message of Jesus Christ to thousands of teens in our communities. Lives are being transformed, and I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve in this new capacity."

Tony and his wife, Angie, reside in Bluffton with their four children: Haley, Eden and son-in-law Caleb, Laken, and Brason. They attend iTown Church in Bluffton.


Effective August 16, 2019 Tony has resigned as Executive Director of BiGJAWs.

BiGJAWs Board Chairman, Jeff Shelton, stated, "Tony Chaney, the Executive Director of our 5-county BiGJAWs chapter (Blackford, Grant, Jay, Adams, Wells), recently informed the Board of Directors that he would be leaving our chapter to pursue the next leg of his life’s journey.  He, and his wife Angie, have been faithful servants for this ministry and I hope we will all rejoice in their courage to expand their territory.  We want to celebrate the tremendous growth and organizational improvements made under Tony’s guidance.  He is a humble man and will not want any attention paid to his successful leadership of our ministry, but the Board is compelled to acknowledge his significant impact on our current standing.  We are a better organization because he was at the helm."

Tony can be contacted at the YFC Office: PO Box 431, 410 E. Spring Street, Bluffton Indiana 46714.  He can also be reached by phone at: (260) 824-1330 or by email at: [email protected]


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