Dale’s work with teenagers began in 1983 in Rochester, MN. In 1986 Dale and wife, Diane, moved to the Brainerd Lakes Area to work at a local church as the Minister of Youth and Music. During the next 12 ½ years while caring for youth and their parents, Dale and two other local youth workers formed what later was named Brainerd Area Youth Ministries (B.A.Y.). In 1998 these youth leaders voted to join Youth for Christ and asked Dale to become their full time Area Director.
Today through Brainerd Area YFC, Dale is focused on equipping students with Hope, Inspiration, Purpose and Peace through a variety of ongoing outreach and mentorship programs, radio and speaking engagements. Dale also facilitates the BAY rallies, leads Bible Studies and serves on a wide variety of community boards and committees throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area. He also has been involved in local and national Teen Suicide Prevention Programs since 2001.
Dale & Diane have two grown sons, Corey & Justin. And 2 grand-puppies. J
Sam has lived in the Brainerd Lakes Area her whole life. She first got involved with Brainerd Youth for Christ as a sophmore in highschool by joining the Dream Team. She served many years as a volunteer and had the opportunity to join as part-time staff in 2016.