We are blessed to have a dedicated team of staff passionate about serving our local youth.

For general inquiries, please call our main office at 615-320-7050
For specific questions, please see the staff directory below

Meet our Staff

  • Jeff Shicks

    Executive Director

    Jeff and wife Suzie have served in youth ministry 34 years. Jeff was the founder and Executive Director of The Bridge Youth Center in Fort Myers, Florida prior to moving to TN in 2009 when he joined the YFC team as our Campus Life Director. 
    He was elected as the Executive Director of the YFC Nashville Chapter in May 2017. 

    Jeff also serves as the Sr High Youth pastor of Lakeshore Christian Church in Antioch, TN since 2009.
    Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Suzie, they have been married since 1983. They have two adult children (Melissa Sheridan and Josh Shicks), three grand kids (Damian, Jett and Chandler) and also several adopted adult children from previous ministry outreach in Florida.

  • Melissa Sheridan

     ParPPaParent lPPParent Life Director

    Melissa Sheridan joined Y.F.C in February of 2012 as Campus Life/City Life Coordinator, assisting with Y.F.C Teen Moms. She is a humanitarian at heart, with a strong desire to serve others. She is excited to be part of the Youth For Christ family because of her deep passion to share Christ with others and compassion for the broken.

    She is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University and has served as the Assistant Director in both youth and senior citizen programming. She is currently involved in her local community through Donelson Hermitage Leadership and serves on the worship team and women’s ministry at Lakeshore Christian Church.

    Melissa is married to her best friend Andy Sheridan and they live in the Nashville area 
    and have two children, Jett and Chandler 

  • Emil Justian

    Juvenile Justice Director

    Because of his passion for teaching the "religious and lost" Emil began his volunteer work with Y.F.C. in 2011. He was hired as a part-time employee in March 2014.

    Emil's life "before Christ" was in Detroit and Boston music scene. After his sons were grown, Emil left his musical professional career as a writer and recording artist and ironically, moved to Nashville Tennessee. After the birth of his daughter, Emily Jo, he accepted Christ and married his best friend, Jo. In 2002 he became the first white minister to be ordained in the Big Harpeth United Primitive Baptist Association. He and Jo then began a home church, Triple Cross. Emil's love for Christ, children and the biblically uneducated has drawn a myriad of people into their home.

  • Isaac Jones 

    Campus Life Director

    Isaac is from Johnson City, TN. He went to Science Hill High School, has a Masters in Divinity from Lipscomb Univ/Bachelor of Arts in Religious and Spiritual Community Development from Vanderbilt University.
    (Also works with Hope For Justice)
    He is newly married to his wife Chalice, they live in Nashville area.
    Currently overseeing clubs/volunteers at: Hillsboro HS, Johnson ALC MS & HS, Antioch HS, Antioch MS, Grassland MS and H.G. Hill MS.
    He joined the Nashville YFC team in August 2017.

  • Austin Fuller 

    Campus Life Director

    Austin is a native of Nashville, TN.  He attended Good Pasture High school and has a Bachelors in Psychology from Faulkner Univ. Professor of English/foreign language) in Xiagyang, Hubei, China
    (Also works at Rocketown Community Center)
    Austin currently overseeing clubs/volunteers at: Maplewood HS MOVERS, GraMar MS MOVERS, Bass Transition School, Rocketown Community Center. 
    He joined the Nashville YFC team in August 2017.

  • Terry Key

    City Life Director

    Terry is a native of Nashville, attended high school at Maplewood High school (one of our Campus Life club locations). Terry is the founder and Director of a very active community program called, Edgehill Bike Club, that repairs and gives bicycles to students who then do daily and weekly bicycle rides together. Terry reaches out to students and their families in the Edgehill Community where he also lives which is just south of the Nashville, TN downtown area.
    Terry is married to his wife Kim and has three kids.
     He joined the Nashville YFC team in October 2017.