Mission Team

Misty Drake

Mission Trip Director

Misty joined the full-time YouthWorks team in 2014 after serving four summers, between the Site Director and summer Area Director roles. Her time in the summer fueled her passion for discipleship, communities and leadership development. Misty loves people and the relationships she develops with them. She is especially excited to do this within the YouthWorks communities she interacts with and serves during the year. Misty enjoys serving her local church community and loves to spend whatever time she can with family and friends, enjoying some good Tex-Mex cuisine and laughing as much as possible.

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Barry Foster

Mission Trip Director

After going on YouthWorks trips in high school and serving on summer staff as a Service Coordinator for two summers in Louisville, Barry joined YouthWorks as a full-time staff in May of 2014. With a background in business management, he enjoys being able to use his business skills in a ministry setting. Outside of the office, Barry enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends, going to the lake and volunteering at his church.

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Emily Beck

Mission Trip Associate

Emily joined the full-time YouthWorks team after serving with Youthworks for two summers. Her experiences as a summer site staff in New Orleans and Louisville have contributed to her passions for youth ministry, community development, and respectful service. Working for Youthworks allows her to engage with all of those areas, and more! Emily is from the Minneapolis area, enjoys spending time with friends and family, and loves scoping out the best spots for brunch and ice cream wherever she goes.

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Trevor Bryant

Mission Trip Associate

Trevor joined the full-time YouthWorks team in 2014 after three summers as a Kids Club Coordinator and Site Director. Having been profoundly impacted by his own mission trip experiences as a high school student, Trevor developed passions for teenagers, communities, and service-learning. His role as Site Development Associate is a perfect intersection of these passions. When he’s not in the office, Trevor can be found exploring Nashville’s coffee shops, hiking to a Tennessee waterfall, or planning trips to all 50 states.

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Caleb Jeffries

Mission Trip Associate

Caleb got his start at YouthWorks in 2015 as a Community Service Coordinator in the Bay Area. He joined the YouthWorks team full-time in 2017 after spending three summers on staff. He is passionate about advocacy and communities, and he loves that he gets to engage his passions in his current role. In his free time, he likes listening to indie music and eating at cool restaurants.

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Ashley Lawter

Mission Trip Associate

Ashley joined the full-time YouthWorks team in 2016 after serving three summers as site staff and two summers as an Area Director. She is passionate about respectful service and engaging students in the stories of communities. Outside of the YouthWorks office, Ashley loves exploring new cities, hiking, and enjoying new movies with friends.

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Andrew Cleveland

Mission Trip Associate

After going on YouthWorks mission trips in high school, Andrew started his first summer on staff in 2013 as a Community Service Coordinator in Green Bay. A few years later, he did two more summers as a Site Director and an Area Director. He joined the full time team in 2018, his summers in South Dakota, Colorado, and Arizona have fueled his passions for sharing a community’s story. His role as a Mission Trip Associate allows him to advocate for communities and build life-long friendships. In his free time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and cats, going camping or going into the wilderness. Andrew loves eating street tacos and going to coffee shops on the weekends.

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Aimee was first introduced to YouthWorks in 2015, when she hosted a YouthWorks team in her community in Louisville, KY. Aimee joined the full time YouthWorks team after serving as the Site Director in Brooklyn, NY. She has a passion for youth ministry, community and service. Aimee spends most of her free time volunteering and serving with local nonprofit agencies. Aimee also loves spending time outdoors finding cool parks, trees to use for hammocking and reading a good book. She also enjoys exploring new cities especially with beaches and learning fun historical facts.

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