What Is PYWA?

We exist to connect, uphold, and inspire Presbyterian youth workers (both paid and volunteer) to faithfully serve the triune God among young people.

PYWA is a national community of Presbyterian youth workers who are committed to developing and sustaining healthy youth ministry leaders. The organization formed in 2005 in response to youth workers throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who expressed the need to connect with other people who shared a passion and commitment for connecting young people with God's amazing love, hope, grace, and justice. 

PYWA connects, upholds, and inspires youth workers through advocacy, networking opportunities, webinars, online meetups, email blasts, Bible studies, book clubs, seasonal idea sessions, and conversations with youth ministry experts. Though begun in the PC(USA), PYWA has expanded to include other Presbyterian denominations and Reformed congregations.

Who Can Benefit from PYWA?

PYWA exists for all Presbyterian youth workers, including (but not limited to):

  • Those who volunteer and those who are paid
  • Those who serve in local congregations and those who serve in specialized ministry contexts
  • Those who are ordained and those who are non-ordained
  • Those who serve on Christian education and/or youth committees

Because PYWA wants to support and partner with all of the youth workers within a congregation, congregational memberships are the primarily way to join.

Who are the leaders of PYWA?

PYWA is led by a part-time director and a volunteer Core Team that consists of nine youth workers from across the country. The Core Team provides leadership for the four Ministry Teams that fulfill PYWA's mission to connect, uphold, and inspire. The Ministry Teams include: Membership, Connecting, Fundraising, and Advocacy.

How Is PYWA funded?

PYWA receives its funding from membership fees, ministry partners, donations, and grants.


Michael Harper

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