Who We Are



LOGmichiana and the Love Of God retreats are under the auspices of Michiana Youth Ministries, Inc.  MYM was founded in 2005 in order to support and grow the LOG program which until that time had been a ministry of First Presbyterian Church in South Bend.  Michiana Youth Ministries, Inc is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization.

VISION


Michiana Youth Ministries strives to give youth opportunities to build a foundation for a spiritual life that lasts a lifetime.  Through their experiences, LOG participants will have a deeper relationship with God and will use their faith as a resource for support and guidance. MYM envisions that participants will grow into caring, responsible adults who are leaders in their professions, community and faith.

 

MISSION


Michiana Youth Ministries offers high school students peer-led weekend retreats in which they can experience the love of God, enjoy Christian community and grow in servant leadership.

BELIEF STATEMENT


We believe that there is one God, eternally existent and known to us in the persons of the Trinity:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit – – Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. We believe people are forgiven for sin and receive eternal life through a repentant relationship with Jesus Christ, which evidences itself in obedient, faithful living.

We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God that we can trust to be the unique and authoritative witness to God’s presence and activity in the world. The Bible is God’s story and at the same time our story and relevant for our lives as it is revealed to us through the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Church is the incarnation of Christ in the world. The People of God as the Church become the stronghold in which we are nurtured and nourished and the agency by which people are drawn into relationship with and reconciled to God and then empowered to be the Body of Christ in the world.

LEADERSHIP

Rev. Terry McBride is the founder of Michiana Youth Ministries and brought LOG to South Bend in 1997.  Terry is retiring at the end of 2021 after serving for thirty-six years as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Ethan Swinehart has been called as the new Executive Director of Michiana Youth Ministries.  Ethan and his wife, Joy, are both natives of the Michiana area but come to us after Ethan served as the Youth and Worship Pastor at Island Community Church in Islamaorada, Florida. 

MYM BOARD MEMBERS
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Bradley Largent

Board President

Van Nussbaum

Board Treasurer

Holly M. Decker

Board Secretary

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Ashley Decker

Board Member

Jennyfer Balkema

Board Member

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Brandy Love

Board Member

Kelli Sells

Board Member

Sam Onderdonk

Board Member

Jake arks

Board Member

Corey Sheets

Board Member

Lauren Jankowski

Board Member

LOG ADULT TEAMS
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LOG #98 Adult Team

Back row (L-R):  Marlon & Carina, Andrea, Brandon, Vince, Jenae, Dave, Alex

Middle row (L-R):  Holly, Nan, Wendi & Ella, Julie

Front row:  (L-R):  Lauren, Terry, Jen

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LOG #99 Adult Team

Back row (L-R):  Seth, Laura & Luke, Bradley, Cara, Emily, Ronnie, Brittany

ront row (L-R):  Jake, Alyssa, Terry, Jamie