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Project Leaders


Young Evangelicals for Climate Action would like to introduce to you our first cohort of project leaders. The YECA Project Leaders are a motivated group of young Christian leaders who are seeking to make change within their communities. The Project Leader program empowers young leaders to use the gifts and abilities God has given them to craft unique and impactful climate action projects in service of God, neighbor, and creation.

Project Leaders work with experienced YECA staff and partners to articulate and promote a biblical understanding of the climate crisis, and to develop a strategy for implementing specific projects around climate action. Project leaders receive training and work together as a cohort to share ideas and experiences and build meaningful relationships.

If you are interested in applying to become a project leader, or would like to learn more about the program, please visit the Project Leaders Program page under the "Take Action" tab, and meet our inaugural Project Leaders cohort below!

Anya Kalsbeek

Anya Kalsbeek is a junior biology major at Dordt College where she first became involved with prairie restoration on campus and found value in educating local communities about...

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Lincoln Morris

Lincoln Morris is a senior religion and ecological sciences major at Northwestern College of Iowa, with minors in Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology.  He grew up in Oskaloosa,...

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Mike Schwartz

Mike Schwartz is the Westside Youth Coordinator at First Baptist Church in Santa Barbara where he has served at-risk Latino youth for the past six years.  Most recently,...

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Sam Scherneck

Sam Scherneck was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Cedarville University with a degree in environmental science.  He is currently an environmental field technician,...

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Sam Smidt

Sam Smidt is a second year PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University where his research is broadly focused on water and land...

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Mason Tennell

Mason Tennell is an environmental biology and biology education major at Greenville College and was a YECA Leadership Fellow during the 2014-2015 academic year.  At Greenville, he started...

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