“That’s not just what Young Life’s all about; that’s all that Young Life is about – Jesus Christ… Young people have a right to know Jesus Christ. We’re not gonna wait and hope somebody else gets around to taking Him. We’re going ourselves. We’re going harder and faster and finer than we ever went before.”
Jim Rayburn, founder of Young Life
For the last 75 years, Young Life has remained true to this mission that Jim Rayburn shared in his final speech to Young Life staff in January 1970. We are committed to introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. And while the mission has not changed, some of the faces you will see in the North Central Texas Region this fall will be different.
Nick Manos, who has served as the regional director since 2003, recently became senior vice president of Young Life in the South Central Division. Nick will remain in Dallas, but he now oversees ministry in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kansas.
“I have loved my time as the regional director,” says Nick. “I have learned so much and leave convinced of much more. I am
convinced now more than ever that life simply does not work apart from Christ. I am convinced that it is a rare kid who walks away from Christ when confronted with the truth about who they are and who He is. And I am convinced that the quality of Young Life in a community should not be dictated by the economics of that community.”
Becky Cullum, who has served as the region’s development director, will transition to work with Nick in his new divisional role.
After an extensive process and much prayer, Holly McLean has been selected to serve as the new regional director for North Central Texas. Holly has been on Young Life staff for 20 years, serving as the area director in Arlington for the last 14 years. She and her husband Casey have two children, fourth grader Kyley and third grader Kolby.
“Holly is ideally suited for this role,” says Bob Gray, chairman of the regional board. “She comes to it with years of practical
experience and has a reputation for getting things done. That is very important in this large and growing region. She is respected by her peers. Most of all she is devoted to our Lord, to prayer and to making sure more and more kids hear about Jesus. We will definitely miss Nick and Becky, but we welcome Holly and promise to support her.”