Executive Director

Tony Chaney

Youth for Christ (YFC) of Adams, Blackford, Grant, Jay and Wells counties announced Monday, April 16, 2012, the appointment of Tony Chaney as executive director. YFC currently ministers to students in eleven area high schools, six junior high schools and at the Red Barn, an outreach-based program in Upland. 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 BiGJAWs 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 BiGJAWs 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. One year later, he joined the ministry team as youth pastor, later becoming a Life-Stage pastor and then the 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, Laken, and Brason. They attend Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton.

Tony can be contacted at the YFC office, 410 E. Spring St, Bluffton, (260) 824-1330, or [email protected]