Who is Sioux Falls Young Life



Andrew Carmany - Area Director, WyldLife

I grew up in southwest Minnesota, the son of pastor and science teacher. We went to church weekly and were actively involved in the life of the church. As often happens, through the faithful friendship of adults, I came to know Jesus more deeply, especially during high school.

I attended the University of Sioux Falls and was introduced to Young Life. I became a volunteer leader - leading at LHS while in college and at RHS after graduating and becoming a behavior facilitator. In September of 2015, I came on staff part-time with Young Life and one year later accepted the call to the full-time area director position.

I desire to see young people in Sioux Falls come alive because they encounter Jesus in real ways through authentic relationships with caring adults. It is so exciting to see others come to know who they are and who they are becoming in Christ!


Chris Vanden Hoek - Mission Staff, Young Life

I have lived in various places in the western US; having spent most of my time in California and also South Dakota - where my family roots are planted. I was raised going to church and involved in many of its activities. During high school and later in college I came to really know who Jesus is, who He says I am and what that means for my life; that due in part to loving, patient, and gracious adults and mentors. I moved to Sioux Falls after graduating from SDSU with an degree in Aviation. I spent a year as a substitute teacher before becoming the Aviation Instructor at the CTE Academy High School. I began as a volunteer leader in September 2015 and came on staff with Young Life in September of 2016.

My heart is to help students and others come to know who Jesus is, who He says they are, and what that then means for their lives.



Bill & Barb Carpenter - Committee Chair

Garth & Valerie Caselli

Ben & Annie Cochran

Jared & Ashley Dupert

Matt & Stacia Petersen


YL - Hanna Samson, Jess Pomerenke, Alyssa Chambers, Tyler Kopp, Morgan Kneip, McKenzie Erickson, Taylor Vaughn,

Trey Furgeson, Cierra Von Bergen, Audre Nilges, Terren Geffre, Nathan Cassady, Jamie Johnson

WL - Allison Carmany, Jacob McAninch, Seth Minor, Trajan BigEagle

Leaders in Training - Danielle Kemnic, Ashtyn Moural, Marcus Goodhope, Allie Schenkel, Molly Winter, Marissa Class, Meagan Rasmussen, Abbie Holter


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Young Life Sioux Falls | 1125 S Ebenezer Ave Ste 1 Sioux Falls, SD 57106-5761

Phone: 605.777.2885

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