Y.E.C.A. would like to congratulate Kyle Meyaard-Schaap on becoming our new National Organizer and Spokesperson! Before coming on staff at Y.E.C.A., Kyle served for four years as the Creation Care Coordinator at the Office of Social Justice for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. In this role, Kyle worked to educate and equip individuals and congregations to learn and act at the intersection of creation care and Christian faith. Much of his professional experience has involved the integration of theology, science, and action toward deeper awareness of our Christian responsibility to care for God's earth and to love our neighbors, both at home and around the world.
"I am thrilled to be able to serve such a respected and effective organization in this new role. I have come to love Y.E.C.A. and to believe passionately in its mission during my time as a Steering Committee member over the last 3 and half years” says Kyle. “I am grateful for the opportunity to take on a more direct leadership role to help carry out its mission of mobilizing young evangelicals to come together and take action on climate as an act of Christian discipleship."
As we welcome Kyle onboard, we also extend our deep appreciation and thanks to outgoing National Organizer and Spokesperson, Rachel Lamb, who has served us well through an important transition year. Rachel says, “It has been a privilege to serve on staff with Y.E.C.A. and to lead our team through the process of finding a visionary leader who could help us advance our mission over the next few years. I am thrilled that Kyle has accepted our invitation to serve as the new National Organizer and Spokesperson, and look forward to seeing how Y.E.C.A. continues to grow and flourish.” This fall, Rachel will be starting a PhD program in Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will remain a part of the Y.E.C.A. Steering Committee.
Congratulations again to both Kyle and Rachel!