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John Duncan

John Duncan

Executive Director

John was raised in a good Open Brethren church and home, and grew up on the family farm in Co Down.
Became a committed follower of Jesus at age 14, but is more and more conscious with age of how much there is still to learn about true discipleship, and the inestimable value of the amazing grace of God towards a sinner like him.

Educated at a Quaker school in Lisburn and the University of Ulster.

Married to Maisie, with daughters Sarah and Emma.

Resident in Northern Ireland. On full–time staff with Youth for Christ in one role or another for 39 years (2020).

Member of a Presbyterian church. No longer active in front–line face–to–face youth work, but greatly enjoys helping other folks in their strategic outreach through the Foundation.

Likes anything with an engine, working outside, cooking, reading, God’s creation, most sports, long–distance cycling, and working with people who are enthusiastic and passionate about their work.

Paul Gilmore

Paul Gilmore

Grants Manager

Following studying Business at Ulster University, involved in running a retail/distribution business for 15 years.

Over the last 14 years involved in several projects, including being part of the leadership team for YFC Eastern Europe. Co–founder of a project in Moldova which enables teenage girls to further their education and attain skills to help them get employment.

Currently part of the Management Team that organise New Horizon, which is a week–long Christian conference in N Ireland in August that over 4000 people attend.

Lives in N Ireland but enjoys travelling especially to YFC projects. Enjoys sailing & being near water.

Rachel Loney

Rachel Loney

Assistant to the Executive Director

Rachel has an Honours degree in Modern History and Film Studies from Queens University Belfast and previously worked for the Northern Ireland Civil Service. She takes care of all the book–keeping and the general office admin, and keeps John and Paul on track.

Julie Strode

Julie Strode

Part–time staff

Julie works part–time for the Foundation out of Lincoln, Nebraska. She has been a resident of Nebraska all her life (so far).

Married to Terry for 40 years, they have 2 children and 6 grandchildren who keep their schedule busy.

Julie joined Lincoln Youth for Christ in 2013 as Director of Parent Life (a program for pregnant and parenting teens) and as Director of Juvenile Justice Ministry. God opened a door with YFC International in 2016 as Donor Relations Manager, and she was then appointed by YFC/USA as National Director of the Parent Life program.

In the past few months she has gone back to her first love of ministry in her home state with a group called MyBridge.

This is part of Mission Nebraska which offers a lot of leadership training for ministries and churches statewide.

She loves being part of an organization and team of people that are passionate about reaching lost teens.

In her spare time she has been a champion barrel–racer, and she and Terry are just finishing building a new home on some acreage.

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