Staff

Buck Sutton

President

Teens For Christ today is a direct result of years of praying and fasting. Leading the way by prayer and fasting prior to 1997 was Buck Sutton and his wife Kristin. They knew that they were being called to surrender their lives to God and to serve Him in the mission field but where and whom with wasn’t clear. The decision for Buck to give up a lucrative business venture to pursue ministry began a journey littered with hardships, trials, rejection, and adversity. However, God’s plan was to raise them from the ruins to showcase His amazing character and love. Buck and Kristin’s faith only grew and their passion was only ignited by God even more. In January of 1997 they were approached by the Board of Teens of Christ and given the reins of the ministry. Since 1997 God has taken a small and struggling ministry and used it to advance His Kingdom in mighty ways. Buck has continued to rely on God to lead and direct every aspect of the ministry. He has personally made it his mission to live out Matthew 6:33. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Buck was born and raised in Lima, Ohio. He attended and graduated from Liberty University with a degree in business. He is married to Kristin Sutton and has four children: Tyler, Austin, Amanda, and Kaitlyn. Buck is a visionary! The current vision to reach a million teenagers a week coming to a chapter meeting was given to him by God. Buck also has a vision to unite the Body of Christ no matter what ministry or church you serve in for the purpose of reaching souls for Christ. As long as there is one soul, as long as there is one lost, Buck will be fighting!

Kristin Sutton

Executive Administrator

Kristin is not only the faithful wife of Buck Sutton but a true model of what every woman in the faith aspires to be. Many of the girls and interns in the ministry seek her spiritual counsel and words of wisdom. Kristin’s passion is to see young men and women love God deeply and passionately. You will see Kristin serving Teens For Christ by leading the Ministry Team, directing Boot Camp, and administrating the Harvest of Blessings Banquet.

Kristin was born and raised in Lima, Ohio. She is a graduate of Temple Christian High School and currently serves there as a coach and mentor. She is the full time mom, full time spouse, who somehow does full time ministry with faithfulness and godliness.

contact: kristin@teens-for-christ.com

Audrey Fox

Business Administrator

Audrey Fox is the Business Administrator for Teens For Christ. She was very involved with the ministry in high school and graduated from the ATC internship after graduating from Elida High School in 2011. After spending some years away from full time ministry for personal growth and healing, she feels everything in her life thus far has culminated to this moment in time and that God has placed her with this ministry again ``for such a time as this.`` Audrey appreciates beauty of all kinds, be it art, music, nature, or, as she says, ``the beauty that comes from maintaining a well-organized environment.`` She also loves traveling to foreign countries, heartfelt discussions, and mentoring high school and college students. Audrey's desire is to cultivate a Spirit-filled life in others so that they can experience the fullness of Christ in an intimate way. Her favorite Bible story is the Day of Pentecost because of the new hope, power, and purpose it brings to believers!

contact: audrey.fox@teens-for-christ.com

Amanda Ciminillo

Office Administrator

Amanda has lived in Lima her whole life. Having grown up in the ministry, TFC has had a huge impact. It has not only helped her develop spiritually, but has equipped her to help others in the same way. She graduated from Temple Christian School in 2014 and attended the Youth Ministry Institute for three years while being an online college student at Clarks Summit University. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies in May of 2018 and, after much consideration, came on staff with Teens for Christ in July of 2018. She feels called to Women’s ministry and sees Teens for Christ as a great avenue towards that calling. Her passion is to help young women understand their role and purpose in the Kingdom of God. She is married to Seth Ciminillo who she has the privilege of doing ministry with in one of the local TFC chapters as well as the Lima Baptist Temple youth group. Her hobbies include singing at her church, reading, spending quality time with others, and traveling to new places.

contact: amanda.ciminillo@teens-for-christ.com

David Young

YMI Director

David Young is the director of the Youth Ministry Institute. A graduate of Temple Christian and Ministry Team alumni, David attended John Brown University in Arkansas where he studied Electrical Engineering while starting the TFC Arkansas chapter. After working at TFC as the business administrator from 2012-2014, David moved to Texas to continue his education at Dallas Theological Seminary. While in Dallas, he married his high-school sweetheart, Samantha. They moved back to Ohio in the summer of 2017 to direct the YMI. David enjoys playing and producing music, designing and developing websites, and teaching the Word of God. His passion is to train the next generation of leaders who are committed to advancing the kingdom of God locally and around the world.

Contact: david@yminstitute.org

Samantha Young

YMI Associate Director

As a teen, God used TFC to grow Samantha and now she's excited to continue to be a part of this same work. After high school, Samantha studied English Education and Literature while at Cornerstone University. Shortly after graduating, she started her journey at Dallas Theological Seminary studying leadership. Over the past ten years, she has volunteered with TFC and multiple other ministries around the US in varying teaching and leading capacities. In her free time, you'll find her writing, enjoying the outdoors, learning something new or cooking with her husband, David. Samantha has a passion for leaders to know God by trusting and resting in the finished work of Christ. Therefore, she couldn't be more grateful to help lead and train the next generation of leaders through the YMI.

Contact: samantha@yminstitute.org

Tyler Sutton

Sr. High Director

The calling of full-time ministry has been on Tyler's heart for as long as he can remember. He went to Temple Christian high school, being fully grounded in the Truth of the Word from a young age. After going through the ministry as a student, participating for three years on our Ministry Team and going to our summer Boot Camp for all four years, it was a smooth transition for him to join our Youth Ministry Institute. He graduated in August 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science from Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Pennsylvania, with a minor in counseling. He has had the opportunity to be in leadership, trusting God and pushing the ministry forward. He hopes to continue in this ministry for as long as God has him here, allowing him to be a part of a huge movement of God around the world.
As Director of Youth Ministry, Tyler trains all of our volunteers, works hand in hand with the Youth Ministry Institute and Answer the Call Internship, and continues to develop the 20 chapters we have here locally. He plans and executes all of our teen related events such as our Fall Bash, and he is the director of Northwest Ohio's biggest high school conference 'Converge'.

contact: tyler.sutton@teens-for-christ.com

Austin Sutton

Jr. High Director

Austin is a 2011 Temple Christian school graduate and a 2015 graduate from the Youth Ministry Institute here at Teens For Christ. Austin has always had a love for the military, specifically the Navy Seals. When he was in high school, he wanted to join the Marines in order to work his way toward being a navy seal, but God had different plans. God called Austin into full-time ministry, specifically working with teenagers. Now, Austin is using his 'navy seal' mindset to impact Lima with the Gospel. He wants to practice excellence and passion in everything that he does, from sharing God's Word, spending time in prayer, discipling young men, and bringing together the body of Christ. Austin is a faithful, committed young man of God and can't wait to see how God uses him in this ministry.

contact: austin.sutton@teens-for-christ.com

David Thompson

Director of Discipleship

David, a 2010 graduate from Temple Christian School, has a heart for training teens in the way of the Lord. He has had numerous people invest in him over the years and impact his walk with Christ and therefore is very passionate about discipleship and is more than willing to do what needs to be done in order for the teens he works with to grow in their relationship with Christ. As the Director of Discipleship, David is in charge of making sure that students in the ministry are getting mentored and invested into outside of the chapter meetings and helping pair them up with a mentor.

contact: david.thompson@teens-for-christ.com

Emily Spurlin

Media Development

Emily is a young woman who is gifted in many areas.
God has given her an eye for design, and she has been a key component in pushing the Teens For Christ media department forward for over five years now. She has a compassionate heart and loves God deeply. It's very clear that the work that she does in done unto the Lord and not for the purpose of pleasing men. Emily is our head photographer, and is also our main designer for events such as Converge and Boot Camp. She designs all of the t-shirts and promotional flyers.

contact: emily.spurlin@teens-for-christ.com

Riley Graham

Communications Associate

Riley, a 2016 graduate of the Youth Ministry Institute, loves to laugh. One of his favorite things to do is to make others laugh and share in the joy of the Lord. He also enjoys singing and playing the guitar. After saving his soul in January of 2010, God has given Riley a heart to know Him deeply and personally, a heart to be a man after God's own heart, and a desire to seek God. God has put Isaiah 61:1 on his heart and has appointed him to preach and teach the truths of Jesus Christ and His Gospel, prayerfully hoping that others will come to know God deeply as well.

contact: riley.graham@teens-for-christ.com

Garrett Gatton

Director of Development

Garrett is a 2015 graduate of the Youth Ministry Institute. He married his beautiful wife in 2014, and they now have two wonderful children. Garrett felt called of God to raise funds for Teens For Christ while at an international director's meeting in Kenya with TFC president Buck Sutton and his son, Austin Sutton. Garrett is a passionate man, and has a deep desire to see peoples' lives transformed by the power and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He loves to be outdoors; and his hobbies include hiking, reading good books in his hammock and doing anything athletic.

Contact: garrett-gatton@teens-for-christ.com

Christy Nease

Director of Finances

Christy was involved with Teens For Christ as a student. She majored in Spanish at Asbury University where she met her husband, Stephen and was married in 2002. She continued her education at Georgia Southern University and now lives happily with her husband and 3 children, Lacey, Alee, and Layla. After four 4 years of teaching Spanish at Temple Christian School, Christy felt God's calling to join our team and has been on staff with Teens For Christ since February of 2012. Christy is very passionate about doing all things with excellence, as unto the Lord and has a heart to minister to others.

contact: christy@teens-for-christ.com

Ken Heath

Financial Administrative Assistant

Ken Heath has been a faithful servant of the Lord in the school systems for fifty-three years. He has spent the majority of his life investing in young men and women in the area. He spent twenty years as a history teacher in public schools, and thirty as the principal of Temple Christian Schools and his last three as a teacher for TCS. Now, after his retirement from teaching, he has agreed to help move the ministry forward by helping us take care of our financial details. Ken is also a faithful husband, father and grandfather. He now enjoys working with his daughter and son-in-law, Buck and Kristin Sutton and two of his grandsons, Tyler and Austin Sutton here on staff at TFC.

National Area Directors

Simon Ladaa

Curriculum Developer and Area Director, Florida

Simon Ladaa is the Curriculum Developer for Teens For Christ. He aids the ministry in creating materials that will better disciple and train our students, staff and volunteers. Prior to this position, Simon was the Executive Director of Teens For Christ in Lebanon, spreading the gospel in his home country for over 12 years. He is a husband to Rania Diab and a father to Mirella Joy, Christa Jane, and Celine Jan. Simon’s evident love for family is first fueled by his love for Jesus Christ. Alongside curriculum development, he will be ministering through TFC in Florida. He has a wealth of experience in leading and teaching the Bible in the classroom, during conferences and at other training venues. Simon is passionate about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and has always been thrilled to be a part of the TFC family.

Roger Arroyo

Area Director, St. Thomas

Roger Arroyo and his wife, Julie have recently answered God's call and are starting up TFC on the Island of St. Thomas. Roger were both a part of Teens For Christ in their high school and college years, and have been a part of TFC in the Delphos community for years now. Now, having moved to St. Thomas, we are excited to see how God uses them in the place where He has planted them.

Matt Dungan

Area Director, Texas

Matt Dungan is the area director of Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX.He has been involved with Teens for Christ since 2008 and has had the opportunity of serving in many different areas from leading and directing in local chapters, the Youth Ministry Institute, Converge, and Bootcamp. In 2013 he felt a call from the Lord to take Teens for Christ to Texas. He visited in January of 2014 and really felt the confirmation of the Lord and moved down in June of 2014. They currently have 2 chapters running in Burleson and Joshua Texas and plan on many more! Matt greatly appreciates your prayers and support and is excited as God continues to do great things here in the hearts and lives of the people in Texas.

YMI Students & Interns

Jae Whiteside

4th Year YMI Student

Brittany McDonald

3rd Year YMI Student

Shawn Soules

3rd Year YMI Student

Gabby Livchak

2nd Year YMI Student

Jonathan Young

2nd Year YMI Student

Rachael Schick

2nd Year YMI Student

Rachael Acklin

1st Year YMI Student

Tiffanie Camper

1st Year YMI Student

Samantha Gilbreath

1st Year YMI Student

Board

The purpose of the board is to promote and help accomplish the mission and vision of Teens for Christ.

Buck Sutton

President

Teens For Christ

Doug Roser

Chairman

Owner
Thermal Guard Windows and Doors

Stanley Spencer

Vice Chairman

Owner
Spencer’s Custom Flooring

Dr. Shawn Ward

Treasurer

Podiatrist
West Central Ohio Podiatry

Larry Shaffer

Member

Retired Pastor

Greg Kidd

Secretary

Co-Owner
Holmes Improvement

Kristin Sutton

Member

Executive Administrator
Teens For Christ