My name is Craig Whisnand and I am truly blessed and honored to be stepping into this position along with the support of my wife, Lisa, and the rest of our family. Lisa and I have been married for over 35 years and we have been blessed with four incredible children: our son Blake, his wife Jessica and daughter Hazel; our daughter Rachel, husband Tony, son Nickolas and daughter Avacyn; our son Andrew and his new bride Cami; and then our youngest Stephen and his fiancé, Alexis. We are very proud of them all and hold them dear to our hearts. Raising our 4 children and interacting with many of their friends over the years, and 12 plus years of youth ministry experience has prepared me to fill this new role and provides me with the experience I need to lead a youth ministry organization.
My call for God’s Kingdom is to be a servant and pioneer now and for the future. In serving, I allow the Board and leaders around me to lead, support, and advise me as I move through the many layers of an Executive Director position. I will use my gifts of administration, encouragement, and leadership to serve God and the ministry effectively. I will be using my knowledge of church finances, facilities management, and legal issues as it relates to CMYFC. I will also be drawing on my insights in human resources, budgets and organizational knowledge to ensure we run at a high level of efficiency and growth.
I am a 35-year results-driven professional with a solid career track record for successfully propelling churches, corporations and their leaders. Known for building strong teams in both business and church settings, I am also a strong communicator with valuable negotiation and problem-solving skills. I also understand the importance of solid fundraising and donor retention to ensure the financial strength of a nonprofit to help ensure we are always moving forward. I am excited to meet each of you and to continue this journey of the ministry of CMYFC.
Executive Administrative Assistant
My name is Maggie Cruz. My interest for this position was to facilitate the administration of the ministry to allow our leaders to have more time in the field with the youth they serve. I pray that with the 10+ years of experience in church administration, I can be a resource to this ministry to accomplish what God has called us for such a time as this.
I became a follower of Jesus at age 23 and it was a group of young kids that led me in my walk with the Lord. I became part of a youth ministry at my local church in Puerto Rico that would minister the word through poetry and traveled to the mission field to reach the lost. I love what God does with young people that many despise.
1 Cor 1:26-29 26 NLT 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
I am a member of FCF Church in Frederick, MD with my husband Pablo Cruz. We serve at our church by providing translation and a Spanish speaking small group to the Hispanic community at the church. I have a son, Steven, and daughter-in-law, Victoria. They have given me a lovely grandson, Tyler (7 years old) and another baby on the way.
Frederick County Ministry Director
My family moved every two years when I was a child. I learned the skill of conforming to my environment and blending into the culture. Some of these life lessons were to my advantage; some of the trials I faced took me off course from who God created me to be. After attending eight schools (k-12), I attended Clemson University and met my husband Steve. Celebrating 34 years of marriage, we live in Walkersville where we raised our 5 children in the same hometown for 31 years.
Although I was raised in the church and had a strong faith as a child, when I was 25, I realized how stagnant my faith had become. Jesus met me where I was and my life changed forever.
A trusting faith in Jesus as my Savior and my life experiences and trials are what God uses to help me reach middle school students and their families as the Campus Life [Middle] Director for the past nine years. Yet, there is always something to learn, especially as our culture continues to change. Keeping informed and educated is necessary.
I cannot do this alone… Jesus has coordinated a full team of gifted people who dedicate many hours to the mission. Leadership development is becoming a stronger focus, as we train and develop middle and high school student leaders, recruit and inspire adults and hired our first two college interns for 2016.
Want more information? It’s an honor to dedicate my life to this calling. Don’t think of your age, race, educational background, or other demographics as an indicator for joining this team. Let God define you and follow His lead.
Washington County Ministry Lead
I grew up in a loving, Christian home just a few miles from Washington County. I trusted Christ when I was very young, and my parents thoughtfully surrounded me with Biblical truths, from church and school to music and movies. After graduating from Heritage Academy in 2000, I studied secondary education at Pensacola Christian College and earned my degree in 2004. I've worked at three Christian schools here in Washington County and I've taught junior high and senior high Sunday school classes over the past fifteen years.
God has burdened my heart for the youth of Washington County. I want every child to experience loving leadership that points to Christ. I want teenagers to find freedom in the Truth of God's Word. I want to watch bad habits fade away as we teach teenagers how to trust Jesus and lead their friends to Him.
As a mom of three, I look forward to enhancing our local Youth For Christ programs. Adding my own special interests like music, drama, and sports would be a blessing to our family. Adding more meeting times and places would reach more teens. And knitting together public, private and homeschool students would leave no one excluded. Please pray that God uses me to connect His local disciples with the young people that need their Christian influence!
Social Media Ministry
I grew up in the church, but I did not realize that I needed to make a decision to have a personal relationship with Christ until I started coming to Campus Life when I was in 10th grade. CMYFC brought a Christian comedian to the schools in October of that year and then had him do an evening show that ended with an altar call, to which I responded. I stayed involved with Campus Life after that, became a student leader and even helped start a Bible Club at my high school (one of the first in the county!) Campus Life helped me grow in my faith and my new relationship with Jesus. After I graduated, I stayed involved with YFC, first as a volunteer leader with Campus Life, then as a prayer supporter and financial supporter, next as a steering committee member and finally in my current role as part-time staff. I started on staff in 2005 working with student-led Bible Clubs in the schools (specifically Walkersville Middle and Gov. TJ Middle) but as my kids got older and started school themselves, I couldn't attend club meetings anymore.
Now I work with CMYFC in Social Media Ministry. I manage this website for our ministry and also the CMYFC Facebook Page. I train and assist the rest of the staff in using social media to reach out to their current and potential students, volunteers, and supporters.
My husband Harry is a teacher at a school in Frederick County Public Schools. I also work part-time substitute teaching at my kids' elementary school. We are the proud parents of 4 children: 19-year-old Michael, 16-year-old Elizabeth, 13-year-old Benjamin, and 9-year-old Rachel.