Since starting YES! in 2008, Wes & Judy have personally experienced the jolt of the empty nest, the joy of welcoming three daughters-in-law and one son-in-law into their family, and the jubilation of becoming grandparents to four, so far.
With vocational backgrounds in church ministry, college administration, and consulting---and most importantly, with God's prompting---Wes & Judy jumped in with all four feet and started the interdenominational ministry of YES!
A couple years after starting YES!, they were also designated as United States missionaries by their denomination.
Wes & Judy are grateful for opportunities to help individuals and churches move to stronger Biblical paradigms for life's second half, with hearts intentionally more open to kingdom purposes.
Board of Directors
YES! has been blessed with a capable board of directors, usually spanning five or six decades, from Twenty-Somethings to Seventy-Something.
Too often churches settle for structures where only older adults seem to care about older adults, and it's rare to find young people injected into this leadership mix. The truth is, we know young people need us. But have we been honest in confessing how much we need them?
To our own detriment, we often try to figure out this second half journey on our own. We mistakenly figure we're in the best position to understand our own needs and assume younger generations are indifferent, consumed with their own lives and peer group.
YES! stands on the Biblical principle (from 1 Corinthians 12) that the whole Body needs to show concern for each part, and each part needs to concern itself with the whole Body. The generational parts were not meant to be whole by themselves!
Broader generational perspective and skill sets are key to bringing generations together and breathing new life into second half adult ministry. With two of our younger board members recently fulfilling two terms and moving off the board, we are currently in the hunt for younger board members.
Serving together on this small board we've had husbands, wives, widows, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and (adult) children and grandchildren of living parents and grandparents.
We love the variety of lenses and unity of purpose in a cause we all believe in: God is not finished with adults over fifty! He loves every generation! And He wants us to work together to make disciples who, in turn, make disciples.