Our Leadership Team



At YWAM Richmond, we are committed to community. Our staff is composed of about 45 members between our two locations, with a recent growth in the number of families. We are from many nations all driven by the desire to Know God and Make Him Known!

Our staff are highly involved in both community life on campus as well as serving in various areas of the city. Whether it’s working at the local community center, being active in the Civic Association, team-building with Richmond Ropes, distributing from our neighborhood food pantry, or teaching English to refugee children, we say that we love Richmond!

As a staff we are also very committed to the nations. Every year, we send teams all over the world to share the love of the Jesus in the nations. Recently, we have been sending teams to Brazil, Bolivia, Tanzania, Kenya, Chile, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia & Scotland!

We are always looking for people to join our team at YWAM Richmond! Please fill out this simple application and someone from our team will be contacting you shortly.

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Chris Zinchuck


Base Director

Hailing from Michigan and North Carolina,  God showered Chris with favor in his business career.  By the age of 28 he had managed thousands of people with a well known Fortune 500 Company.    In 2001 God spoke to him to “leave it all” and commit his life to full-time missions.  Since then Chris has championed young spiritual leaders in over 20 nations. 

Kara grew up in YWAM.  She holds a Bachelors of Science in Urban Studies and a Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Management from VCU.  She is a key community leader in the East End of Richmond Virginia and develops YWAM staff as the Personnel Director for our staff team.  

In 2006 Chris and Kara were married.  Chris became the Director of YWAM VA in 2008 expressing the vision to “Passionately Follow God & Champion Young People.”  Together they love to pastor young spiritual leaders and to pioneer cutting edge ministries with their son Isaac and daughter Hannah Grace.


Jesse Carmichael


Richmond Campus Leader

Jesse Carmichael grew up in coastal Virginia in Hampton. He finished college with degrees in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies. In 2012, Jesse came to volunteer with the ropes course and do the Discipleship Training School and has been here ever since. Jesse has a passion and a gifting for teaching and equipping young people to fulfill the Great Commission. God has laid the inner cities of the United States and the nation of Brazil on his heart to pray for and minister to.  Jesse is a pioneer of the Reach Richmond initiative to give every home in Richmond the opportunity to hear the gospel and have a Bible.
Madeline Carmichael is from Everett, Washington. In 2012, she came to do a Discipleship Training School here in Richmond, VA and came on staff with Jesse after they were married in 2013. She is a licensed cosmetologist and has a passion for ministering to young women through beauty.  She works at a local hair salon where she is building the skills and resources to fulfill her dream of starting her own Christ centered salon.
The Carmichaels are love serving the Lord in in Richmond and in the nations.


Fauger Baptista


Virginia Beach Campus Leader

Fauger and Ana have been married since 2001 and serving together with YWAM since 2003. Fauger did his DTS in Contagem – Brazil , in 1999.  Ana also did her DTS in Contagem – Brazil ,in 2000.  They served together in Adelaide – Australia from 2003-2009. After that they helped Pionner YWAM Curacao in the Caribbean and lived there for almost a year. During that time they were asked to Re-pioneer YWAM US Virgin Islands where they served as base directors from 2012 to 2016. Fauger and Ana are both from Curitiba Brazil. They have 2 kids, Nicholas, born in 2008 in Australia and Olivia, born in 2013 in St.Croix USVI.

Ministry wise, Fauger has served YWAM in the area of worship/prayer, evangelism, teaching, counseling and maintenance.Ana has served YWAM in the area of arts(dancing), leading small groups, accounting, prayer/intercession, evangelism and counseling.                                                                                                                       

They joined YWAMVA February 2017 and their passion is to see families and individuals engaging in a deeper and healthy relationship with God through Worship/Prayer/Healing and Counseling.They also love pioneering new visions, help and guide young people to find their calling, dreams and purpose. And also serving full hearten in any area of need.


Jadon Franklin


Richmond Leadership


Dustin Campbell


Richmond Leadership

Dustin Campbell and Haydee Campbell have been serving with Youth With A Mission in the Philippines, Thailand, Indochina region, and the United States for 23 years. Married in 2001 their family has grown to include three active children (Michaella, Lemuel, and Justin).  Both as singles and as a couple they have been focused on training, staffing, and leading Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) since being on the mission field. They have also served on base leadership teams and national leadership training teams. They have a heart to see trained staff and leaders be fully equipped to face all the challenges in the mission field. They believe that well-equipped staff and leaders will produce excellent schools which will, in turn, raise up the much-needed missionaries for today’s world. ​Dustin is the Training Director and also serves in the International DTS Centre.