Young life Federal Way
About Young Life
Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults 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.
So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids around the world — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.
Mike Heritage & his wife Stephanie have three children. They are members of Christ's Church. Mike was mentored by Pastor Jeff Moorehead.
Mike and Stephanie volunteered with Young Life before joining the Federal Way Young Life staff as an Associate Director. Mike is responsible for training leaders, building relationships with kids at Federal Way High School, and helping coordinate high school camps.
Federal Way Young Life is currently in all four Federal Way high schools and two middle schools. It is their vision to add one middle school in 2013 and develop a student leader program to help kids grow and take ownership in their faith. This summer, 150 kids and leaders from Federal Way are attending camp, and the majority of these kids do not know Christ. So far they have seen 35 kids come to Christ at high school camps and 37 middle school kids are at camp this week. Mike and Stephanie enjoy bringing their Young Life kids to Christ’s Church and are encouraging them to get involved.
Please pray for both volunteer leaders, financial support, and direction to grow this ministry in Federal Way.
Christian Gomez came into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through the ministry of Young Life, which he now serves on staff here in Federal Way. He is also a member of Christ’s Church.
After getting involved in the ministry of Young Life during his junior and senior years of high school, Christian recently jumped into the Young Life student staff program, which is designed for people who want to do ministry and college at the same time. In addition to being one of the team leaders at Federal Way High School, Christian attends Highline College and takes Young Life ministry classes.
Christian’s focus is building relationships with students of Hispanic and minority heritage to expose them to the Gospel of Christ. He sees this as an important way to fulfill the biblical vision of God’s community as a body made up of believers of all nations.
While Christian is a mentor to many students, he is also very grateful to be mentored himself by two Christ’s Church members: Mike Heritage, the associate director of Federal Way Young Life, and Eric Hong, one of the leaders of the Korean ministry.
Christian has many long term goals with FWYL, one of them being building connections to Hispanic churches to get them involved with Young Life. He also seeks to expand the ministry to other schools in the area. In the future, Christian hopes to serve in ministry full time.