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JUNE 5-9

Mission Statement

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!

Inspiration Box

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

Taija Hall, President

Currently working as a caretaker for the elderly while finishing up a degree in geriatric social work at sac state.

Hobbies include vegan cooking, hiking and anything that involves being outdoors and near water.

Member of Sacramento Central SDA church, sabbath school teacher, and enjoys planning events for the young adults

Jeaneva Jackson, VP of Communications

I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. I currently work at Diagnsotic Pathology Medical Group, where I work as a medical biller, for state/county, prisons and contract billing.

I first started going to a Seventh Day Adventist church in 2006 when my mom was baptized at Sacramento Central SDA church, even though I was going I didn't feel any conviction to change my life. It wasn't until 2010, I was 21 and my parents were downstairs watching Doug Batchelor on TV, my dad likes the TV loud so I was hearing the sermon he was preaching and I don't remember the topic but I remember feeling a conviction that I wanted to hear more so I stopped what I was doing and started listening to the sermon. I remember feeling so convicted that I started to watch more of his sermons and attend church regularly with my mom. I decided to throw away all the things in my life that kept me from Christ and started studying with Central's bible worker Jennifer. After studying I was ready to be baptized and in 2010 Pastor Doug baptized me at Sac Central and it has been my home church for the past 8 years.

Over time I have fallen in love with everything outdoors especially hiking. I love to read my bible and SOP whenever I can and I love studying prophecy and learning about the sanctuary.

Josiah Brandauer, VP of Evangelism

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, VP of Programming

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, VP of Registration

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.

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 mechanichal 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.