Hello and Welcome! Thank you for visiting my page. I’d love to tell you a little bit about myself and my ministry at Youthfront!


I started participating in camp ministry as a kid when my parents took our family to Montana every year for family camp. I loved it so much that when I was 19 and trying to figure out who I was and where God wanted me, I went back to Montana and stayed for five years. God opened my eyes to camp ministry, and I benefited so much from those who poured into me that I wanted to do the same for others.


God has given me such great opportunities to serve in ministry. I’ve worked at various camps as a Counselor and Assistant Program Director. I was a pastoral resident for two years at Journey Church in Bozeman, Montana and I currently serve as Student Minister for a New City Church campus in Kansas City, Kansas. I believe in the power of Jesus in the church to make a difference in people’s lives, and I want to be part of that. 

When God brought me back to Kansas from Montana to be a youth minister I was super excited about this church ministry. I also thought I was done with camp ministry. It was sad, but I didn’t see any way to serve in that area. So I trusted that God knew what He was doing when he called me back to Kansas City. I started looking for where He was working around me. I honestly believe that the Lord was waiting on me to release my plan into His and once I did that He opened doors for me I never even noticed. He brought me to Youthfront and made a way back into camp ministry that I didn’t see coming.


My hope for Youthfront High School Ministry is to provide a space for students to grow spiritually and find their place in God’s plan. I want to give students the tools to make their faith their own, seeking out God’s voice in their lives….just as was done for me during my time in high school and camp ministry. My heart is to see students come to know Jesus in a personal way, including Him in every aspect of their lives, especially in service. The chance to serve and participate in a camp community is a unique and life changing opportunity. I’m so excited to be part of that!

As part of my responsibility at Youthfront, I am fundraising to support the ministry and a portion of my salary. Through the support and generous giving of others, I am able to fully and deeply lean into High School Ministry. There are multiple ways to support and partner with me in this: prayer, community, and giving. I not only want to raise support financially, but also gain a community of supporters through friendship, mentorship, and prayer. I will be sending out regular newsletters, keeping you updated on what’s happening in the world of High School Ministry and also my life in and outside of Youthfront. You can also support me monthly or through a one-time gift. Thank you so much for considering a partnership with me! And if you have questions, please reach out to me: ebartel@youthfront.com


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