Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of caring, engaged leaders who are passionate about reaching the lost and hurting youth in our local community. They provide direction, oversight, and vision for our Executive Director, Mike Chaplinsky. The Board meets monthly for prayer, ministry updates, strategic planning and are active in their support of Suncoast Youth for Christ.

Meet our Board

  • Frank Brunner | Chairman

    Founder of Operation VICTORY (a G62 ministry) | Elder @ Faith Bible Church | Former Manatee School Board member

    I’m involved in YFC because I’m passionate about ensuring our young people know the Truth (NOT as a concept, but rather as a Person…Jesus!)    For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the Truth that is in you, just as you walk in the Truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in Truth. 3 John 3-4 

  • Rev. Steve Baran
    President, National Christian Counselors Association
    Since arriving in Florida in 2002, my service in full-time pastoral counseling ministry has truly allowed me to see the needs of our community. Society plays a role in the development of our Youth. That role can be positive or negative. Youth for Christ is committed to being a positive influence as we actively and passionately seek out the Youth of today. Through these efforts, we are developing Ambassadors of Christ whose foundation is built upon Jesus and cannot be shaken! I consider serving with Youth for Christ a privilege that allows me to be a part of this Great Awakening!

  • Mel Benitez 

    Director General, Revista Latina

  • Harold Caballeros

  • Burt Kramer | Secretary

    Visionary & Entrepreneur  | Luxevo Vacations


    Being able to watch my three sons grow up in youth groups and Christian education, I saw first hand the importance of having a solid foundation in Christ for growing young minds and souls. Being able to serve on the Suncoast Youth for Christ board allows me to do my part to help continue His work in the lives of our area teens.

  • Scott Van Ness | Treasurer

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