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 615-731-1912 x210 
  • 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.

  • Tom Gauger

    Sites and Volunteer Director

    Earlier in his career, while working for the William Morris Agency as a talent booking agent, Tom helped launch a startup church and was the worship leader for several years. After marrying his wife Lori, they became involved with bus ministry and volunteered in that capacity for a number of years.

    Tom has served with Nashville YFC since July 2011 as a JJM volunteer, then securing other JJM sites and currently as the sites and volunteer director.

    Tom works with YFC in a part time capacity and is owner of ReelMusicianPro and Impulse Record, known throughout the recording software industry, for his Convology Library sold online at big box stores and is a Grammy considered producer.

    He and his wife, Lori, just recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and have two children, Ryan and Lindsey.