Young Life Woodford County
226 Ashby Circle
Versailles KY 40383
Contact Information
Nonprofit Young Life Woodford County
Address 226 Ashby Circle
Versailles, KY 40383
Phone (859) 230-0294
Fax 719 381-1750
Contact Name Jordan Branham
Web and Social Media
Every Kid, Everywhere, For Eternity!
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1941
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations can be mailed to: Young Life Woodford County
226 Ashby Circle Versailles, KY  40383
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
Young Life's mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

Our Mission Statement:

“Through Servant Leaders of the community, alongside our local bodies of Christ, Young Life Woodford County will meet disinterested and disconnected teens where they are. We will build loving relationships, introduce them to Jesus Christ, and continue to love them regardless of their response.”

“We will pursue every kid everywhere for eternity.”

Background Statement Young Life was incorporated in 1941 by Jim Rayburn, a seminary student and part-time youth minister in Gainesville, Texas. He wanted to reach out to kids who were disinterested in church. Rayburn took the challenge to go where the kids were, meet them on their turf and find a creative way to share the love of God with them. Rayburn's method of reaching out to adolescents worked in 1941, and it continues to be effective today. Young Life now has more than 3,000 staff, 30,000 volunteers and is in more than 75 countries reaching more than 1.2 million kids annually with the good news of God's love for them.
Impact Statement Reaching a World of Kids (RWOK) is Young Life's initiative to double the number of kids we reach each year from approximately one million to more than two million by 2016. All for the purpose of introducing more adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. RWOK represents every aspect of this mission. We've seen great progress with Young Life's largest and most comprehensive campaign ever.
CEO/Executive Director Statement Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency. This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will have an impact on future decisions — careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised — all ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.
Board Chair Statement In Young Life, we realize every "number" represents a kid who desperately needs to know the truth about God's love in a way he or she can comprehend, with the freedom to respond as he or she chooses. Numbers are important then, because they represent more kids experiencing the Savior. That's why we'll continue to reach out to kids in more than 70 countries and all 50 states, from Ireland to Indiana, Bulgaria to Brazil, Kentucky to Kenya. And we won't stop there! Through God's leading, the support of our faithful donors, and the tireless commitment of our staff, leaders and committees, we anticipate 2012 will be a year of reaching even more kids in more places!   - Curtis McWilliams, Young Life Board of Trustees Chair
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Geographic Areas Served
Throughout the United States
Woodford County
In all 50 states through the United States and in more than 90 countries around the world. Specifically this area serves Woodford County Kentucky
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Our Plan to Address the Needs of Kids

During the next 3 fiscal years our plan is to establish Young Life in Woodford County. In order to accomplish this aggressive plan, we will focus on the following objectives:

  • Hire Area Director and begin establishing Young Life at WCHS; Accomplished June 2015
  • Recruit, train and deploy a group of volunteer leaders; Accomplished 1st Semester 2015-2016 school year
  • Establish Wyldlife at WCMS in the 2016 - 2017 School Year; Leaders currently training and planning to lead that endeavor
  • Provide 20 camp scholarships for the upcoming summer; in process
  • Incorporate Capernaum, (kids w/disabilities) and Young Lives (teen moms) programs; Planned for 2017 - 2018 School Year
  • Engage additional volunteers to serve on our committee; Added 3 new volunteers in 2015
  • Build on-going financial support to ensure our ministry’s sustainability. Ongoing

These objectives are all steps toward providing the opportunity for a life changing experience for many teens in Woodford County. What cannot be measured is the impact in the lives of the many young people as they start to make positive life choices.

Our vision is to establish a Young Life presence in our community and to ensure that our leaders lead, teens follow, and both groups take advantage of the Young Life presence and help our youth live healthy and productive lives for years to come, and perhaps even become Young Life leaders themselves. Young Life’s presence will help reach kids in the school with the Good News of Jesus’ love. In short, Young Life is a very effective tool for reaching kids. We want to make this tool available to teenagers and adult volunteers who want to change their community with God’s love.

Everywhere Young Life is established it seems the entire community benefits. Like extra volunteers being willing to help at school functions, volunteers helping students with their homework and tutoring them to better grades, more teens showing up for Youth Programs in the local churches rather than showing up to the latest party, teachers seeing the most difficult kids in class transforming into the best kids in class, to kids learning to serve rather than be served and becoming respected, productive members of their school and community. We even experience teens who catch the vision and become volunteer Young Life Leaders themselves after graduation.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Young Life is built around relationships between caring adults and young people. We call this contact work. Young Life leaders enter the world of teens, accept them unconditionally, build relationships and slowly “win the right to be heard.” Out of these relationships, trust is built and teens open up their lives to their adult friends who can help them make positive choices on such things as use of drugs, dropping out of school, forms of violence and sexuality.

Teens come to Young Life clubs each week where they meet with their friends, play games, laugh together, participate in skits and hear the truth of the Christian faith in a fresh way they can understand. Kids who are interested in Christian growth participate in small discipleship groups for Bible study and discussion about real life issues.

Young Life has first-class camp properties located across the country where kids go for a week of high adventure in a beautiful setting that gives them time for undistracted reflection. Activities include: mountain climbing, sailing, horseback riding, and other activities. Kids often call a week at a Young Life camp “the best week of their life.”

Board Chair
Board Chair Susan Hutchison
Company Affiliation Washington State Republican Party
Term Sept 2013 to Aug 2015
Board Members
Sue Bere No AffiliationVoting
John Brandon No AffiliationVoting
Malcolm Briggs No AffiliationVoting
Francis Cash No AffiliationVoting
Jerry Colangelo No AffiliationVoting
Carol Eaton No AffiliationVoting
Hugh Greene No AffiliationVoting
Heriberto Guerra No AffiliationVoting
Bill Haslam No AffiliationVoting
Bruce Hosford No AffiliationVoting
John Hummel No AffiliationVoting
Susan Hutchison No AffiliationVoting
Regg Jones No AffiliationVoting
Curtis B McWilliams No AffiliationVoting
Susan Peterson No AffiliationVoting
Boone Powell No AffiliationVoting
Mark Rodriguez No AffiliationVoting
Robert Rowling No AffiliationVoting
Denny Rydberg Young LifeVoting
Michael Stain No AffiliationVoting
Bob Stover No AffiliationVoting
Tom Thomas No AffiliationVoting
Paul Trible No AffiliationVoting
Phyllis Washington No AffiliationVoting
Mark Zoradi No AffiliationVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 32
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 28
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Michael Stain
Company Affiliation Citizens Business Bank
Term Sept 2013 to Aug 2015
CEO Comments
Governance information stated above is for whole organization.  Each area has local committees that raise the local budget and make on the ground decisions.  Our Current Area Committee or Board consists of 15 Local Adults.  
Michael McNulty - Chair
Plant Manager - Sylvania
Lorraine McNulty
Brian Craig - TDS Chair
UK Head Men's Golf Coach 
David Beach, PHD - Treasurer
Director, UK Disability Resource Center 
Kristen Beach
Mike Wash
Julie Wash - Secretary
Larry Blackford
Mike Riley
Hillary Riley
Teresa Chervus
David Meade
Sharon Meade
Jordan Branham - Area Director
Nikki Branham 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Dennis I. Rydberg
Term Start July 1993
Experience Denny Rydberg took office as Young Life's fifth president in July of 1993. He has served as the vice president of Youth Specialties, director of operations for Inspirational Films and the editor of The Wittenburg Door. He has ministered as chaplain for the University of Washington basketball team and the Seattle Supersonics. He has also ministered on church staffs in Tacoma and San Diego. Denny and his wife, Marilyn, have also been involved in the LPGA Fellowship, a ministry to women professional golfers on the LPGA tour. He is the author of 10 books including Beyond Graduation, How to Survive in College, Twentysomething, Building Community in Youth Groups and Youth Group Trust Builders. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University, where he was alumnus of the year in 2000 and attended graduate school at Western Washington University. Denny and Marilyn have four children: Heather, Josh, Jeremy and Jon.
Full Time Staff 1894
Part Time Staff 1284
Volunteers 68385
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Description Young Life's efforts to reach out to every kid, everywhere have resulted in a number of specific ministries. Each of these apply the basics of Young Life to meet kids just as they are through friendship and faith. In alphabetical order our specific ministries are: Capernaum: Young Life's ministry to kids with disabilities, named after the town where Jesus performed many miracles. International: Young Life's outreach to high school and middle school kids in more than 75 countries around the world. Small Town/Rural: Young Life's ministry to kids in one-high-school towns of fewer than 25,000 people. Urban: Young Life's minsistry to racial and ethnic minorities, focused on kids who live in high-density communities and who are historically, socially and/or economically disadvantaged. WyldLife: Young Life's ministry to middle school kids. YoungLives: Young Life's ministry to teenage moms. Young Life provides healthy, creative fun. From weekly clubs to seasonal camping experiences to daily outings with leaders, Young Life is known around the world as an organization that knows how to have fun. Club meets once a week and has been described as "controlled chaos." Leaders combine songs, humor, and group interaction to create an hour of energetic fun where kids can express that teenage tendency to push the limits-but within the controlled context of a safe environment. Campaigners is the name for Young Life's Bible study program. Kids often meet in small groups with a Young Life leader during the week to discuss their ideas and question about faith and begin exploring the Bible. These groups were named from a term we've kept around since Young Life was called "The Young Life Campaign" in the early '40s. Camping is one of Young Life's specialties. Kids can discover adventure and prove their prowess by climbing through a ropes course in the tops of trees, barreling down a water slide from hundreds of feet up the side of a mountain, riding horseback along scenic trails, water skiing, parasailing, racing go-carts around muddy tracks and enjoying what Young Life leaders promise to be one of the best weeks of their lives.
Category Youth Development Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years), Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use,
Program Long term Success Young life was in more than 5,000 schools and other outreach locations, as well as over 36,000 leaders in the U.S. and around the world impacting one million kids in more than 75 countries.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $127,505.00
Projected Expenses $127,505.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$307,370,129$285,798,199$262,688,189
Total Expenses$302,548,042$272,883,642$252,501,282
Revenue Less Expenses$4,822,087$12,914,557$10,186,907
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$204,166,689$188,882,449$173,508,973
Investment Income, Net of Losses$136,072$67,073$90,234
Membership Dues$10,520$0$0
Special Events$327,318,036$17,831,366$16,503,342
Revenue In-Kind--$4,668,503$4,946,368
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$267,698,640$241,407,425$223,856,558
Administration Expense$21,248,370$19,213,591$22,412,934
Fundraising Expense$13,601,032$12,262,626$6,231,790
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.051.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%88%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%6%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$293,191,395$290,390,122$275,662,060
Current Assets$72,997,370$78,161,063$59,386,049
Long-Term Liabilities$3,305,500$2,159,100$2,334,023
Current Liabilities$22,949,050$22,902,281$17,100,332
Total Net Assets$266,936,845$265,328,741$256,227,705
Form 990s
2015 990
Audit Documents
2015 Financial Statement Current
2013 Annual Report
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
Projections are for Area Only.  The Area Budget for Woodford County is as follows:

Staff salary


Program expenses


Administrative (insurance, liability, human services, corporate support)


Total Annual Budget:


Campership and Scholarships




Foundation Staff Comments Young Life Woodford County began operations in 2015. Because Young Life Woodford County is under the umbrella of Young Life, 990s and financial information belongs to the parent organization. After Young Life Woodford County has been in operation a full year, it will post financials that apply to its local office on its portrait.
Address 226 Ashby Circle
Versailles, KY 40383
Primary Phone 859 230-0294
CEO/Executive Director Dennis I. Rydberg
Board Chair Susan Hutchison
Board Chair Company Affiliation Washington State Republican Party