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Young America Ministries Leadership

Young America Ministries is prayerfully overseen by a faithful board of directors.


Our board is responsible for ensuring that the ministry fulfills its core mission. This is done by meeting on a regular basis while actively overseeing the key operational functions  – which are ministry budget oversight, leader performance evaluation, strategic performance management, and legal compliance.


Most importantly, our board of directors serve as our prayer partners in ministry. They seek to lead us toward God's design and desire. We are thankful for the support and guidance they provide. 

meet our team

Wes & Kelia Williams, Founders

Our Story >

Wes and Kelia Williams started Young America Ministries in an effort to help at-risk and neglected children living in their own community.     

     They began by raising money to meet the physical needs of children living in poverty-stricken neighborhoods and quickly saw the greater spiritual needs of these children must be met to bring about any lasting impact.

     Wes and Kelia celebrated 27 years of marriage this year and have 4 children - Emma, Zane, Cora, and Tate. 

     They have faithfully served as Ministry Founders on the Board of Directors, guiding this ministry for the last 14 years.

Nathan & Carrie Cravatt, Co-Founders

Our Story >


Nathan and Carrie Cravatt met Wes and Kelia Williams in the spring of 2005 and started the first branch of Young America in the Hickory Grove community of Ringgold, GA. Nathan grew up in a Christian Boy's Home, where his family worked with at-risk teens; his experience there prepared him for working with teens the past 20 years.

     Young America Ministries recently expanded our reach to Dade County, Georgia, where Nathan and Carrie serve as our Ministry Directors. 

     They have been married for 24 years and have 4 children: Austin, Alayna, Elise, and Mia. Four years ago, God called their family to plant Hope Church in Trenton, GA.

Patrick & Brittany Everett, Ministry Directors

Patrick and Brittany began volunteering with Young America in 2006. Brittany felt God calling her into full-time ministry while she was in high school and made a decision on a summer retreat to accept this calling for her life. She came on staff at Young America in 2007.

     Patrick earned his master's degree in pastoral studies from Covington Theological Seminary, which he has used to serve as our full-time Ministry Director since 2012.

     They have been married for 11 years and have 3 children: Isabella, Isaiah, and Isley. Patrick also serves as Student Pastor at First Baptist Church, Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

Our Story >

Joseph Frejosky,
Worship Pastor

My Story >

Joseph Frejosky joined our ministry staff in 2014 as our Worship Pastor/Ministry Assistant. He is originally from High Point, North Carolina, but moved to Ringgold, GA in 2011. Joseph met his wife, Brianna while attending Tennessee Temple University. They were married in 2014.

     Joseph currently serves as Worship/Associate Pastor at Burning Bush Baptist Church in Ringgold, GA.

     Brianna has served as a volunteer for Teen Night since 2006 and uses her degree in Christian Counseling to speak truth into the lives of our teen girls.

     Joseph and Brianna have a one-year-old daughter.

Nic Wallin,
Youth Discipleship & Transportation

My Story >

Nic Wallin grew up in Rising Fawn, GA and graduated from Dade County High School in 2011. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's in middle grades education in 2016 and currently teaches at Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence.

     He and his wife, Lyndsie, were married in 2018 and attend Calvary Chapel Chattanooga together.

     Nic began volunteering with Young America Ministries over five years ago and joined our staff in the summer of 2014.

     He plans to be accepted into the clinical counseling program at UTC and have a career in counseling adolescents and teens.

Reagan Christol,
Youth Discipleship & Transportation

My Story >

Reagan Christol began volunteering with Young America Ministries three years ago and has joined our staff in 2018 as our Elementary Discipleship and Small Group leader.

     She has grown up in a ministry focused family and has served on many short-term mission trips to Jamaica over the past 6 years with her church, Burning Bush Baptist.

     Reagan graduated from Heritage High School in 2017 and is currently an education major. She plans to be a high school teacher and coach after graduation. Reagan currently serves our country in the Naval Reserve.

Can you give your time?

The gift of time is one of the most valuable resources people have to give today, largely because there is so little of it to go around. That's why each and every volunteer is so important to our ministry. We are looking for individuals who have the heart to share Christ with families living in not only physical but also spiritual poverty. We provide training and offer an abundance of resources to prepare you for volunteer work. You can use the form below to contact us or check out our events page to see the many ways you can be involved. We would love the opportunity to talk with you about giving your greatest gift - your time.

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