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About us

Background and History


The Michigan Youth Workers Association is an organization comprised of adult volunteers from various backgrounds referred to as Youth Workers who come from various congregations of the Church of Christ throughout the state of Michigan. These Youth Workers are concerned men and women devoted to the spiritual, educational and social development of the young people from their respective congregations and communities. MYWA serves the needs of male and female youth, and seeks to instill positive Christian values and timeless principles for success in overcoming the many challenges facing our youth today.


MYWA has been working to benefit young people in the state of Michigan for over 50 years and has served thousands of young men and women in that time. The Association is an organization governed by a 12-person board of directors, elected biannually by the members of the organization.


In order to accomplish its goal of strengthening youth, MYWA sponsors meetings and workshops designed to motivate and equip adult youth workers to better serve their young people. Most importantly, MYWA sponsors events specifically for the youth, during which they are provided with teaching, workshops, discussions, and other activities designed for their spiritual, educational and social growth. Furthermore, the Association’s programs for youth consistently encourage the development and expression of young people’s diverse talents in creative and constructive ways.


MYWA annually sponsors a Youth Workers Retreat, a weekend of fellowship, workshops, and planning sessions for its adult members. The organization sponsors a Youth Retreat and a State Youth Conference. These two major annual events are designed to encourage, motivate and equip young people with the tools necessary for continued success when they return to their congregations and communities across the state.




The Michigan Youth Workers Association is committed to providing spiritual guidance, Christian education, and positive social activities for the personal development of young people in the state of Michigan.


Core Values






To be recognized by the Churches of Christ as an indispensable resource for the spiritual development of youth in the communities we serve.

Board members
Thomas Agee


Encouraging Statement:

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." 

— Proverbs 16:3

David Calhoun

Young Adult Director

Encouraging Statement:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” — Proverbs 3:5

Tammy Williams


Encouraging Statement:

“Speak what you seek until you see what you’ve said”—Marshawn Daniels Esq.

Jeffrey Liggins


Encouraging Statement:

Cleon Anderson

Program Director

Encouraging Statement:

“When you feed the flesh you just die, but when you feed the spirit you die just!”

Rigel Dawson

Spiritual Advisory Director 

Encouraging Statement:

"Every soul has a story and every person has a purpose.”

Tesha Edwards

Pageant Director

Encouraging Statement:

“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.” — James Allen

Joseph Edwards

Worship Director

Encouraging Statement:

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  — John C. Maxwell

Derek Cobb

Facilities Director

Encouraging Statement:

“This is our time on the history line of God.  This is it.  What will we do with the one exhale of God on this earth?  For we are but a vapor and we have to make it count.  We’re on.  Direct us, Lord, and get us on our feet” – Unknown

Yalonda Parson

Operations Director

Encouraging Statement:

"Use me GOD. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a greater than myself.”

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