Jonathan VanVliet

We welcome Jonathan VanVliet as our new Juvenile Justice Ministry Director for Central Oregon YFC. Jon joined us in October of 2017 with a passion to bring Christ to youth in Central Oregon. 

Jonathan heard about YFC in July of 2017, and after a few months found himself heading up our JJM program. Faithful to the call God put on his life, he found himself as our only volunteer staff member in Bend. Jonathan says, “The work I’ve done so far with Youth for Christ has been nothing but a blessing. Watching God work around and through me is what I’ve been praying for, to be His hands and His feet to those that need Him the most.”

Jonathan is a fourth generation local to Central Oregon, although Jonathan was born in Portland OR, his family moved back to Bend when he was four. He cares deeply for the community here in Bend and Central Oregon. He has been married to his wife Chelsea for the last nine years, and they have a beautiful girl named Shaelee. 

Jon describes himself as a disciple of Jesus Christ, a life changed by the gospel of Jesus. Christ has given him a heart and desire to see the lives of others reshaped into the image of Christ. Jonathan truly has a heart for the youth and a passion to make a difference in here in Bend.