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The Founders’ Circle

"Who is on the FC and what does it do?" 

Some have responded to my recent post about succession and asked, “Who is on the FC and what does it do?”  Here is an excerpt from something Darlene Cunningham wrote a several months ago;

The Founders’ Circle (FC) was formed by Loren and Darlene Cunningham to draw together an eldership group around their leadership as the founders of Youth With A Mission. The primary purpose of the FC is to stand in unity and prayer over the mission and to serve as guardians of YWAM’s Purpose, Core Beliefs and Foundational Values; our Four Legacy Words, and the YWAM Covenants. It is not a governing nor representative body. The FC meets several times per year in person and/or via Zoom.

Those called to serve alongside Loren and Darlene on the Founders’ Circle as of March 2023 are:

John Dawson
Lynn Green
Tom Hallas
Jim Stier
David Hamilton
Markus Steffen
Maureen Menard
David & Sue Cole
Sean Lambert
Ken & Robyn Mulligan
Paul and Susi Childers
Garth Gustafson
Giacomo Coghi
Paul Dangtoumda
Edwin Fillies
Silo Schmidt
Mark Anderson

This is not a fixed membership body; it changes from time to time, and it is likely that more changes in the composition of the FC are likely in the next few months.


Lynn Green and his wife Marti first came to England and began the work of Youth With A Mission here in 1971. From 2004-2011 Lynn was YWAM’s International Chairman. He continues to convene YWAM’s global leadership meetings, and focuses much of his energy on international leadership development.

4 comments on “The Founders’ Circle

  1. Allison Dean

    Just wondering why the vast majority of these great people are male, considering how many female staff are part of ywam, many are great intercessors and leaders. This doesn’t seem like a good representation of such a diverse ministry as Ywam.

  2. Thank you for letting us know ❤️🙏🏾☝🏽

  3. Brenda Apa

    First time to know about The Founders Circle. Thank you for sharing this.

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