Great Lakes City Life Regional Team

Jay Pearson | Peoria, IL

Jay Pearson was called to God’s mission with YFC Peoria in June 2007.  God had already given him the command to “Go back in the hallways and neighborhoods he came from and tell them the Good News of Jesus Christ." 

Married and committed to Ja’nice and their 6 children and 3 grandchildren for 20 years, he is focused on breaking generational curses and leaving a legacy of a Christ-centered family. Walking in the Lord for 17 years and living unashamedly until Jesus comes back or calls him home.

Jay is passionate about empowering the youth and their families to be the solution to the challenges they are facing in our neighborhoods. Teaching what God has commanded him and striving to make disciples who make disciples.


Jonny Fine | Cleveland, OH

Jonny Fine is the City Life Ministries Director in Cleveland, where he was raised. While attending Lincoln West High School, he attended Campus Life Club. Jonny has served as the Club Director of his alma mater for the last 8 years and is passionate about developing youth in his community as indigenous leaders.

He and his lovely wife, Liz reside in Cleveland with their kids "the Fantastic four" -- Moriah, Nathan, Mia & Noah.


Chip Clark | Fort Wayne, IN

Chip Clark is a devoted follower of Christ who strives to be a loving husband to Ranada Clark and father to Jaylin, Amaun, Chip Jr. and Trinity Clark. Chip serves as the City Life Ministry Coordinator for Youth For Christ of Northern Indiana.

Chip's endeavors are to intentionally pursue youth with an unwavering persistence, serving as a catalyst for their intended purpose.  He is committed to helping them reconnect to their dreams; and give them practical opportunities to exercise their talents, skills, and interests. He believes that as he dreams for and with our youth, they will, in turn, began to dream for themselves.  Chip's saying: "Indigenous leadership is inevitable when dreams become reachable."


Steve Knotts | Columbus, OH

Steve lives in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Anna, and their two awesome sons Caleb and Luke.  He is amazed at the grace of God, that he saved us, and ‘considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.’ (1 Timothy 1:12).

Steve grew up in the Kansas City area, graduated from Emporia State University, moved to Columbus in 2002 to work with Central Ohio Youth for Christ and has been working with the youth of the Westside Columbus neighborhood of Franklinton since then.

Steve feels very blessed by and grateful for his amazing wife, wonderful family, and the awesome church and ministry team he gets to serve with.  He serves as Franklinton Outreach Ministries Director working as a part of a team to help the young people of Franklinton know and love the Lord.  His greatest desire is to know Christ and see his neighborhood and the people he knows follow Jesus.

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