Ed Kaczmarek

Executive Director

Ed Kaczmarek joined Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ as Executive Director in February of 2006. Ed's heart and passion is facilitating the spreading of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Ed grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. As Ed puts it, “I grew up in a good family with a sense of morality, but lacking the understanding of a personal relationship with Christ. In high school I was invited to participate in FCA, a parachurch organization on my campus.   Through Christian friends and an awesome week at FCA Camp,  my life was radically changed; I met Jesus Christ in a personal and profound way”.

Ed graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a B.S. in geology and a B.S. in geography. He went on for graduate studies at New Mexico State University and received his M.S. in geology. After moving to Houston to work for British Petroleum as a geologist, Ed began to sense that he had missed his calling in life: “I began to search my heart and the Bible for the purpose of my life. After four years in the oil industry I sensed a call to leave that career and to begin work in the Christian camping ministry. In 1991 I resigned from my position with BP, sold my house, and moved to Mission Springs Camp in Scotts Valley, California. I also became more involved in my church and Bible study. I met my wife, Lisa, at Mission Springs, and we have enjoyed working together in ministry.”

Christian camp work led Ed and Lisa to New Mexico where they directed a children’s camp for four years. Ed and Lisa then returned to California to be closer to family, and soon Ed connected with Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ.

"I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible ministry team”, Ed says. “This team of dedicated staff and volunteers collectively reaches thousands of kids each year; hundreds of kids make decisions for Christ each year. I hope to facilitate the growth of this ministry so that we might reach more and more un-churched kids in Fresno and Madera counties.”

Ed and Lisa have two kids, Olivia and Josiah.


To contact, email: Ed [at] yfcnow.org