We are blessed to have a dedicated team of staff passionate about serving our local youth.

  • For general inquiries, please call our main office at (419) 238-1370
  • For specific questions, please see the staff directory below

Meet our Staff

  • Brad Petrie

    Executive Director/ Crestview H.S. Campus Life

    My name is Brad Petrie.  I grew up in Vinton, a small town in Gallia County of southern Ohio.  I graduated from River Valley High School in 1998.  I later attended Bluffton University where I got a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2002.  Teaching, however, was not in God's plan for my life.  I was hired in 2005 as the Spiritual Director at a juvenile center called Starr Commonwealth.  This job began me down the path of working full-time in Youth Ministry!  After my time at Starr, I worked for 6 years at Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert, followed by accepting a job with West Central Ohio Youth for Christ in 2015.  I am currently the Executive Director at Youth for Christ with a mission to make a spiritual impact in the life of students in our local schools.  I am blessed to have a wonderful wife, Erica, as well as 4 kids, Brady, Brooks, Evie, and Brant!  God has truly blessed my life and given me so many opportunities to teach middle school and high school students about Jesus.  I cannot thank Him enough for everything He has done in my life.


  • Courtney Rager

    Middle School Area Director

    My name is Courtney Rager. I am the Campus Life Middle School Area Director for the Van Wert Chapter of Youth for Christ. I am a mother of two sweet babies and a wife to a wonderful God fearing man. Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors; pretty much all the time. I also love spending time with my family exploring new locations across the U.S.  I am thankful to be a part of West Central Ohio Youth for Christ serving our teens and doing my best to make a difference in their lives and hearts for Jesus! 


  • Kannen Wannemacher

    Van Wert M.S. Campus Life


  • Melissa Miller

    Office Manager

    Melissa has been a member of our staff since 2011.  She is married to Jordan Miller and they have two boys, Memphis and Ellix.  She is a Crestview graduate and attended UNOH where she received her bachelor degree in Accounting.

  • Kirsten Brunswick

    Community Engagement Coordinator

    My name is Kirsten Brunswick. I am the Community Engagement Coordinator at West Central Ohio Youth for Christ. I am a 2018 graduate of Anna High School and a 2021 graduate of The Ohio State University at Lima. When I am not at work, I enjoy reading, hiking, blogging, watching medical dramas, and spending time with family and friends. I am so excited to be a part of Youth for Christ and to have a positive impact on the lives of the kids we minister to by helping to raise the financial support needed to bring them closer to Jesus.