Leadership

Erica Schimelpfenig

Executive Director

Erica began at YouthWorks in 2000 as a summer site staff. Erica has since worked in a variety of roles such as a Recruiting Associate, Regional Director,  and was the Director of Recruiting until she  stepped into the Director of Missions role in 2008. Erica and her husband Cody stay busy  with their three kids, Jonah, Cana and Mercy. They  live in North Minneapolis where they enjoy exploring Theodore Wirth Park, hanging out with friends and creating new adventures.

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Drew Powell

Director of Missions

Since his first summer as a Ministry Support Coordinator in Steubenville in 2007, Drew has held several leadership roles at YouthWorks before stepping into the Site Development Director role in 2012. Drew has a heart to serve the church — both in YouthWorks communities and in his local congregation. When he’s not traveling for YouthWorks, Drew is often jogging on the greenway in Nashville or planning for his next great adventure.

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Dave Berg

Director of Operations

Serving in his current role since 2011, Dave has been with YouthWorks ever since his first summer on staff in Bayou La Batre in 2003. A math major in college, Dave still generally prefers spreadsheets to PowerPoint. Husband to Lea and Daddy to Hawkin and Freya, Dave keeps busy playing baseball or constructing forts with the little ones, and can also be found scheming about keeping bees, riding his bike or planning his next trip “up north.”

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Jacob Eckeberger

Director of Sales and Marketing

Jacob’s favorite humans are middle schoolers and the youth workers who care for them. He’s been equipping youth workers through interdenominational organizations for over 15-years, and was drawn to the YouthWorks team because of their shared passion for developing teenagers and supporting the youth workers surrounding them. Outside of YouthWorks, He and his wife Katie stay busy as itinerate worship leaders, and wrangling their 3-year old son/dinosaur Owen.

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