About The Youth Commission

The SDC Youth Commission is probably one of the most active commission in the Southern District. Their mission and mandate is to see young people experience a genuine faith in Jesus Christ through resourcing local church youth programs with summer camp experiences, annual high school and junior high youth conventions, and other events. The annual SDYC, Southern District Youth Conference, is one of the largest multi-church gatherings of any Mennonite Brethren group in the United States, bringing together over 500 youth and sponsors for inspiration and faith development. Russ Claassen serves as the District Youth Minister (DYM). Russ’ task as DYM is to coordinate the ministries of Youth Commission and help network and build relationships among the district youth pastors and leaders.

  • Sara Jo Waldron, Chair, Hillsboro, KS (Hillsboro MB Church)
  • Anna Clausen, Wichita, KS (Lighthouse Church)
  • Sean Estes, Corn, OK (Corn MB Church)
  • Kyle Goings, Wichita, KS (First MB Church)
  • Kevin Larson, Hillsboro, KS (Tabor College)
  • Jared Menard, Hesston, KS (Hesston MB Church)
  • Dustin Mulkey, Hays, KS (North Oak Community Church)
  • Russ Claassen, Ex-officio, District Youth Minister (Koerner Heights Church)
  • Lisa Decker, Ex-officio, Youth Treasurer (Hesston MB Church)

Contact Youth Commission at sdyc@sdcmb.org.  Contact Russ at russc@sdcmb.org. Contact Youth Treasurer at yctreasurer@sdcmb.org.


What: Our annual fall youth conference for senior high students

Where: Various SDC churches

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What: Our annual youth conference for senior junior students (6-8 grades)

Where: Various SDC churches

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Three Summer Camps!

Senior High Camp at Horn Creek Camp in Westcliffe, CO

Junior High Camp at Sky Ranch Camp in Quapaw, OK

Kids Camp at Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS


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