Greater Kalamazoo Young Life

7194 Angling Rd
Portage, MI 49024
(269) 353-0919


at a Glance


Full & Part-Time Staff

Every title in Young Life — from regional director to area director to staff associates and vice presidents — represents a man or a woman whom God has gifted to help reach every kid. The design of the ministry allows each part of Young Life to run smoothly while still training and mentoring the new staff who answer the call each year.



College students and adult volunteer leaders give 100's of hours weekly to pursue relationships with kids across Greater Kalamazoo. Volunteer team leaders are serving in Mattawan & Portage.


Active Club Ministries

Portage Young Life, Portage WyldLife, Mattawan Young Life, YoungLives (teen moms ministry), Young Life College (WMU), Plainwell Young Life, Otsego WyldLife, Capernaum (for kids with disabilities).

One Thousand +

Kids Impacted

Through weekly program, camp, and contact work (going to where kids are), over 1,000 kids are impacted through our ministries every year in Greater Kalamazoo.

Meet Our Staff

Ryan Nienhuis

Area Director

(269) 998-4960

Claire Haines

YoungLives​ Coordinator

(512) 775-2231

Meredith Dunn

Capernaum Coordinator

(315) 591-4867

You Were Made for this

Your story matters, and it can make a difference beyond what you imagine.

Volunteer your time to work directly with young people.

Support the staff and leaders as part of the local adult committee.

Give resources to start or sustain the financial foundation at the local or national level.

The involvement of people like you is vital to healthy, sustainable, quality youth work in your area and across our nations.
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