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Welcome to YFC Nanaimo

YFCN exists to bring Christ’s transforming love to our local communities through embedding ourselves in the lives of the youth and their families and by enabling the local churches to support ministries within schools and local youth culture.

Meet our staff 

Paul MacMurchy

Paul MacMurchy

Nanaimo Area Director

Prior to receiving Christ in 1983, I was a troubled teenager from a broken family living a life of anger, drugs and sexual promiscuity but I encountered Christ who transformed me and empowered me to overcome my addictions. The healing I received enabled me to go back to school, marry and father four children as I served Jesus in His church. For several years, I served God as an elder and lay youth pastor while also running my own business in service, product and sales management within the automotive equipment industry in Ontario and BC. In time however, God moved my heart from serving Him in business to serving Him through reaching troubled teenagers. I have never been so excited about my faith than in these last few years while I’ve watched Jesus transition kids into His likeness.
Francisco Castro

Francisco Castro

Nanaimo Youth Worker

I once was lost, but now I’m found. My lifestyle during my late teens/early twenties was one of drinking, drugs and girls. But, I was so empty inside and living with no purpose or direction. This lifestyle led me to overdosing 5 years ago which was a real wake up call. When I came out of that, I felt on my heart that I really needed to get to church. One of the first times at a church in Nanaimo, my girlfriend (who is now my wife) and I responded to the altar call and received Christ into our hearts. From that moment on everything began to change. Jesus delivered me of drugs, alcohol and pornography. Now I’m fully sold out for Jesus and burn with a passion to see others lit up with the same fire He’s given me. One of my favorite verses is Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation for those who believe, first to the Jew then to the Greek. For in it (the Gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed.” I’m driven by the Gospel, and my sole purpose in life is to become who He has created and called me to be so that when others see it, they will want what I have: the life of Jesus.

Breakfast programs

We serve breakfast at an elementary and high school. Many youth have come out to youth groups and different functions because of these programs. 

Youth Groups

We partner with several diferenc churches of different denominations during the week by running both junior and senior youth groups.

Bible Studies

We offer a bible study for senior youth that want to go deeper in their faith and to study the scriptures.

Summer Camps

We send kids to summer camps, and fundraise for those who cannot afford to.

Friday Night Youth Hang Out

Every Friday night from 7-9pm ages 12-18 a youth drop in where we offer free access to pool tables, air hockey, foosball, board games, video games and more!

Partner with us!

You can be a part of Youth for Christ and shape the future of the young people in Nanaimo by investing with us through prayer and financial support. Donate

Contact us!

Paul MacMurchy – call or text: +1 778-269-1335

Francisco Castro – call or text: +1 250-327-8503


Questions or Comments?

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