About Us

Our Vision

Cambridge & District Youth for Christ exists to help local churches reach young people.

We have set ourselves the bold target of seeing 15% of young people in Cambridge and District living for Jesus by the year 2025. That means 50 churches releasing 1000 leaders to equip 3000 young people passionately pursuing Christ.

Find out how we’re getting on by visiting our Tipping Point page.

Our History

Cambridge & District YFC was founded in 2001 with the aim of “taking good news relevantly to every young person in Cambridge and District”. We’re an independent local charity, here to encourage the churches in the city and surrounding area into effective youth ministry.

We’re one of over 70 chartered centres of British Youth for Christ, operating in towns and cities across the UK. Our head office (in Halesowen, West Midlands) provide support staff, national mission teams and more to help us in our work. YFC was launched in Britain in 1946 by the evangelist Billy Graham, whose original vision statement was: “Geared to the times, anchored to the Rock”. Now headed up by the recently appointed Neil O’Boyle, YFC is aiming to work with “a million young people every month by 2020”.

We have around 30 members who are part of local churches and support our aims and objectives. They meet each year to appoint the executive committee. The exec comprises our trustees and senior staff who govern the affairs of the charity and keep us focused on the mission.

Our mission is to take Good News relevantly to every young person in Cambridge and District. It’s quite a challenge.

How are we going about it?

Local Church Partnership

God’s Plan A is to reach the world through the local church, and there is no Plan B. That means we’re here to equip the local church to carry out its mission more effectively. Everything we do is with and for the local church, in order that it might be reaching out further to young people in this city.

Some Of Our Projects

Catalyst enables us to partner with local churches in mission.  YFC put the best of our resources and staff into the hands of local youth leaders to with the goal of reaching young people. We offer them a range of resources, developing a culture of mission, training volunteers, helping employ youthworkers and deliver effective events.  Our hope is that a church will see a step change in their effectiveness at growing young disciples.

LimitlessCommunity is a group of up to 10 churches on a 2 year journey in mission. Their youthwork teams meet together every 6 months for a 24 hour conference to develop mission to young people. Praying for and encouraging each other as they go, the community inspires each of its members to dream big and create achievable plans to grow young disciples.

Hope Revolution is a programme of Christian events for young people, designed to complement and enhance the discipleship work of local churches. We aim to bring young people together to trigger a change in their relationship towards God. Residential missions, weekends away, training for young leaders, events to explore the good news, all to provide moments of transformation within local church youth ministry programmes.

Cambridge Youthwork Collective is a network of Christians working with young people in Cambridge and District. Through it we seek to encourage, resource and develop those doing vital work with youth in the city and beyond. Termly training events for employed youth workers, students and volunteers  create opportunities to meet others, share ideas and develop partnership work for the good of local young people.


Our Trustees are volunteers who lead the charity and decide how it is run.

They ensure that Cambridge & District YFC manage the finance well, comply with all the legal obligations of being a charity and abide by our consititution. Our trustees bring a range of skills to the organisation in Fundraising, Church Leadership, Human Resources, Charity Governance, Management, Graphic Design and Schoolswork.

The current Trustees of Cambridge and District YFC are:

Jon Edney
Celia Phipps
Allen Swann
Liz Currie
Rebecca Warboys
Christian Osborne

Council of Reference

What is the Council of Reference?

The Council of Reference (CoR) is our advisory group, keeping us in direct touch with church leaders and other Christian organisations.

What is the Council of Reference for?

The CoR exists to provide spiritual oversight of the centre and to advise us on any aspect of the work of the charity.

Who is on the Council of Reference?

The current Council of Reference consists of:

Steve Campbell – Senior Pastor, Cambridge Community Church
Steve Whyatt – Director, Genr8 Trust
Dave Maher – Vicar, Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge
Sue Whyatt – Vicar, St John The Evangelist, Cambridge
Paul Joel – Minister, Willingham Baptist Church, Cambridge

Statement of Faith

  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, and in His sinless
    life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in
    His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power
    and glory.
  • We believe that the salvation of lost and sinful people is by the grace of God through
    faith and the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and that regeneration by the Holy
    Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the
    Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto
    the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

The charity is an unincorporated association of Members established in June 2001 and a registered charity (no. 1097834). Our financial year end is 31st December. The Charity’s object is to advance the Christian faith by taking good news relevantly to every young person in Cambridge and District. Cambridge and District YFC is a chartered centre of British Youth for Christ.


Who are we?

Jim Overton
Centre Director
Katie Willingham
Office Administrator
Dave Monck
Mission Development Manager
Jax Keal
Youth Worker
Mark Stanyer
Catalyst Youthworker
Murray Gallagher
YFC One Volunteer
Samantha Shepherd
YFC One Volunteer
Becca Warboys
Megan Tobeck
Youth Work and Administration Assistant