Founder & President – Sean Yost – Sean has been working with youth as the director of YouthQuake Live since its beginning in 1995. Sean’s passion is to see young people established in the purpose and destiny that God has for their individual lives and for their generation. He believes that a new breed of teenagers are emerging. They are a generation looking for a cause worth giving their lives for; a generation poised to change the world. His conviction to see young people mobilized into ministry is being fulfilled through YouthQuake Live and short term mission projects. Sean has been active in missions since 1990, when he traveled to Africa for six months. Since then, he has been to over twelve countries. He has also led numerous groups of young people on overseas mission trips, where they were able to experience personally the transforming power of Christ in salvation, miracles and personal renewal. He is currently the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Ponte Vedra, FL. Sean and his wife, Barbara, reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, with their three children, Gabriel, Lydia and Josiah.
Director of Operations – Randi Talle – Randi has been serving with YouthQuake Live since 2001. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Science in Communications from the University of North Florida, she was hired as the ministry’s first full-time staff member. She has since completed her Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Beacon University. Before working with YQL, Randi graduated from Teen Mania’s Honor Academy. During the summer, Randi regularly volunteers as a missions director, leading teenagers on overseas mission trips. She has been on over 18 trips on 6 continents and hopes to visit Antarctica someday with her husband Phillip. Her vision is to help mobilize this generation of young people to be used by God and discover their own ability to change the world.
Ben Wendzel – Ministry Director – Ben joined Youth Quake Live when he was in 8th grade. He spent 4 years in the cast and 1 as an intern. After he graduated from High school, Ben travelled out to Texas to join Teen Mania Ministries. At Teen Mania he toured around the United States putting on 2 day youth events called “Aquire the Fire”. After 2 and half years he left to come back home. Since 2014 Ben has worked with his youth group and Youth Quake Live to help reach teenagers all over the city. In the Summer of 2017 Ben was called to vocational ministry. He is excited to be devoting his life to reaching the next generation. With his spare time he trains for Spartan Races.
Development Director – Dawn Hendryx – With a background in sales Dawn has brought her skills & knowledge of working w/ people to YQL. In the past she has served as Project Manager for KidQuake at Redeemer Church, been a VBS teacher, led small group bible studies, and volunteered for SWAT (Spiritual Wellness and Testimonies) at St. Johns County Juvenile Detention Center. She also volunteers monthly at a food bank in the city. Dawn and her husband, Michael, have lived in Jacksonville for over 18 years and have one beautiful daughter, Katie. In addition to homeschooling her daughter, she loves teaching at their co-op. When not working or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, and relaxing at the beach!
Volunteer & Communication Director – Maddie Snider – Maddie has been involved with YouthQuake since 2014, first as a cast member and then as an intern. She considers the internship to be one of the most enriching experiences of her life, and owes it to YouthQuake for evolving her from a shy, isolated teenager to a determined, proactive leader. She is thrilled to continue with YouthQuake in a staff member capacity. Currently, she is entering her senior year at Jacksonville University as an English major with a Theatre minor and editing certificate. She isn’t sure what she’s going to do with all that, but she has enjoyed the arts and storytelling (in all its forms) since childhood and believes that God instills passions like these in us for a reason. She looks forward to encouraging these passions in the teenagers of YouthQuake Live.
Matt Phillips – YLC (Youth Leader Connect) – Director Matt began his journey with YouthQuake Live as a cast member in 2003. After four years in the cast, he continued his involvement through interning and eventually an adult leader. This year will mark year 12 with YouthQuake Live. He is excited to join the staff team as the Youth Leader Connections Director. Matt loves to guide teens into becoming godly leaders. As such, he is dedicated to coming alongside youth pastors to make the vision of all teens for Christ a reality in the Jacksonville community… and one day the world. In addition to being on staff, Matt is husband to Ashley and father to the adorable Savannah Rose. In his free time, he can be found spending quality time with loved ones over a delicious meal.
Event Speaker – Gabe Yost – Gabe joined YouthQuake Live as a cast member in 2007. Growing up at Redeemer Church, Gabe felt called to ministry and began serving as a student leader. After graduating from high school, Gabe spent a year in Teen Mania’s Honor Academy. Since then, Gabe has moved back to Jacksonville and took over as the Student Director of r212 student ministry and serves as one of YouthQuake Live’s event speakers. Gabe is passionate about seeing students come to know and develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Gabe’s core belief is that it only takes one to make a difference, and students can change the world. Gabe encourages his students to, “Be the One.”
Event Speaker – Blake Bennett – Blake joined the YouthQuake Live cast as a teenager in 2004 and is the Lead Pastor of TheCity.church, a life-giving church centrally located near downtown Jacksonville. Before planting this church, Blake served as the Executive Director of YouthQuake Live and continues to serve as one of our event speakers today. He is passionate about the local church and teenagers discovering their God-given destiny. Blake and his wife, Cierra, have been married since 2012 and enjoy running, eating, and watching too much Netflix together.