GYC West is an organization of Seventh-day Adventist youth and young adults in the western United States. We believe that the Lord is forming His army of workers in these last days and our prayer is that GYC West would be a vessel through which Jesus Christ can reveal His will.
GYC West seeks to provide an annual conference featuring high quality messages for young people living in the western portion of our country. We believe in the power of convocation and that when two or more are gathered together in the name of Jesus, He is there in the midst of us. If you are planning on being in the area, we invite you to come. We also invite you to use this conference as a means of personal evangelism for friends of yours that may be struggling in their faith. We know the Lord will bless as we seek the unity that Christ wants for His church as exemplified in the Gospel of John chapter 17. We hope to see you there!
A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to our world.
Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White 74.2
GYC West Staff
Josiah Brandauer, President
From the age of 3, Josiah Brandauer knew he was called to preach the gospel. Having received a good foundation at home participating in "To All The World" video ministry from an early age, Josiah preached his first evangelistic series at the age of 18 after graduating from AFCOE. He now serves as a pastoral assistant and itinerant preacher for a 3 church district.
Josiah has a burden for young people and is excited when he sees the fruit of the gospel borne in the lives of young and old.
Jeffrey Maxwell, BBA, Treasurer
Currently serves in the risk management and treasury departments at the Northern California Conference.
He worked at a lifestyle retreat for nearly two years in the north Georgia mountains and has served in other ministry lines, as well. His passion is for health and self-development.
Sarah Brandauer, Secretary
Sarah works in her family's media ministry "To All The World" helping with the business end as well as filming. She is also an EMT and shepherdess. Her main joys are in helping others find Christ, working with children, singing, raising wool sheep, gardening and cooking.
Claudia Velasco, VP of Communications
It was not until late high school that Claudia met God who has since healed her and given her the desire to led others to Christ for healing. She completed her nursing school at Weimar Institute in 2018 and has been practicing in hospital settings. Recently, she has seen a vision from God to enter medical missionary work and has left her job. She continues to be actively involved in young adult bible studies and encouraging others in the faith and genuine Christianity. Other pursuits she enjoys is running, reading biblical counseling, podcasts, learning new crafts and being an undiscovered food critic. ;)
Karl Rosaasen, VP of Evangelism
I grew up in mountains of Northern California. I was home-schooled through high school and really enjoyed attending my home church in Brownsville, CA. I went canvassing one summer distributing biblical literature and books and decided to go to an evangelism school called SOULS Northwest in Washington state. For quite a few summers after that I continued to canvas and decided to go to college at Weimar college and took nursing there. While at Weimar, I enjoyed the community outreach we did each Wednesday called TCI (total community involvement) where we got to help people rake leaves, give Bible studies, or just go caroling and pass out cookies. I currently live in a town near Brownsville, work at the emergency room at a hospital in Marysville, and I'm volunteering at our local fire department. I love playing cello, hiking, traveling, and learning Spanish.
Kacie Hankins, VP of Programming
Kacie Hankins grew up in the suburbs of Houston, TX before moving to Northern California in 2021. She currently works as a massage therapist at a wellness center that promotes mental health. Since moving to California, she has rediscovered and fallen in love with the God of the Bible, and desires to grow in the knowledge of Him every day. Her passion and dream is to lead others to know the true character of God.
Ricky Curtice, VP of Technology
I am a life-long Seventh-day Adventist, attending Granite Bay SDA church where I volunteer in the media ministry - mostly in audio.
Outside of church I am a software developer and mechanical engineer. I have my B.S. in Game and Simulation Programming, where I learnt enough about the underlying principles of game development to be certain that Christians have neither the time to waste on such games nor should they suffer the damage induced by them.
GYC West Advisory Board
Kelly Kinsley, Greg Lundquist, Alistair Norris, Joshua Rayburn