Young Adult Service Corps


April 18, 2013

[Episcopal Church Office for Global Partnerships] Katie Young, Doug and Jenny Knight are three Young Adult Service Corps volunteers from the Episcopal Church working in Japan this year and I met them in Tokyo on my way to attend the...

October 4, 2011

After spending a year as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer teaching Xhosa children in Grahamstown, South Africa, Travis Shields, 23, has decided to change the course of his life. Rather than pursue a Ph.D. in medical physics, he's...

November 5, 2009

A missionary's life can be full of surprises. When Mike Young, 24, of Abilene, Texas, signed up with the Young Adult Services Corps (YASC) as an Episcopal Church missionary, the last thing he expected was to be sent to First-World-known-...

November 5, 2008

Twenty-six-year-old Jesse Zink considers himself a missionary; just not a traditional one. "I have no interest in thumping the Bible over any poor people's heads in the middle of nowhere," he said during a recent visit to the Episcopal...

January 22, 2007

World Mission Sunday 2007 will be observed on February 18 and will celebrate the ministry of young people in global mission with the theme "Proclaim God's Wondrous Deeds." Through Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), mission trips,...

August 2, 2003

Nearly 500 overseas bishops, guests and United Thank Offering supporters gathered Thursday night at the UTO Sharing Dinner to celebrate the generosity of Episcopalians and the selfless service of missionaries. Former UTO staff member...

Are you 21 to 30 years old? Are you ready for an experience that will transform your life? Do you want to be a part of what God is doing in the world? Do you want to experience diverse cultures, make a spiritual commitment, and reflect on your vocational possibilities? If your answer is "Yes!" then you are ready to work with the Young Adult Service Corps in a one-year assignment. Applicants must have a high degree of maturity and possess a faith commitment, the willingness to be a humble guest, and the ability to be an authentic companion. The Young Adult Service Corps brings young adults into the life of the worldwide Anglican Communion and into the daily work of a local community. At the same time, it brings the gifts and resources of the church into the lives of young adults as they explore their own faith journeys.

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The Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) is a ministry for Episcopalians 21 to 30 years old who are...

On World Mission Sunday, the church comes together to focus on the global impact of the...

The Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) of the Episcopal Church is sponsoring 28 missionaries for...



Frequently-asked questions about the Young Adult Service Corps, specifically regarding the application and discernment process, service assignments, finances and fundraising, communication, and logistics and support while on assignment.

Reference information form for potential missionaries and participants in the Young Adult Service Corps.

The attached is a brochure celebrating the first three years of mission (2000-2003) that was distributed at General Convention 2003. It highlights the achievements of our past and current YASC missionaries.

Serving in the Diocese of the Northern Philippines, Andrew Joyce, Diocese of Kentucky, works at the Tadian Learning Center and Demonstration Farm. Andrew is the first YASCer to serve in this ministry.

Serving in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, Tanzania, Brian Orlay, Diocese of New York, works for the Carpenter’s Kids program as the program coordinator.

Serving in the Anglican Church of Mexico, Phillip Shearin, Diocese of Connecticut, works as a communications officer for the Province, based in Mexico City.

Serving in the Diocese of Costa Rica, Ryan Abrams, Diocese of East Carolina, is the Companion Diocese Officer for the Diocese of Costa Rica and the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Based in San José, Ryan is the first YASC missionary to serve in Costa Rica.

Serving in the Diocese of Lesotho in the Anglican Province of Southern Africa, Jared Grant, Diocese of Western North Carolina, works at St. James Mission Hospital and in the office of the Bishop of Lesotho. This marks the first time there has been a YASC placement in Lesotho.

Alexandra Martin, Diocese of Alabama, is a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer in Germany.



In the shadow of the Coloseum, one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, the Colle Oppio Park is home to many of Rome’s refugees. A mile north, in the crypt of The Episcopal Church’s St. Paul’s Within the Walls, some of those refugees find a breakfast and a host of other resources to survive and to rebuild their lives. The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center is where Jared Grant’s vocation has led him this year. It’s Jared’s second year as a volunteer with The Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corps program, widely known as YASC. He previously served in Lesotho in South Africa. The two experiences could not have been more varied, but in Jared’s discernment for the priesthood, they also could not have been more valuable. Jenny Korwan is also working at the refugee center for a few months. She’s not long back from Kenya where she served for a year with the YASC program. But as with many YASC volunteers, mission is in her blood.

The brothers at Holy Cross Monastery in Grahamstown, South Africa, observe a holy routine. With six services and an extended period of silence every day, it’s a life of prayer and worship, of community and of deep devotion to God. But while living in community may be central to the brothers’ vocation, building global partnerships is critical to their ministry here. For the past 10 years, Holy Cross has partnered with the Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corps program. The young missionaries, age 18-30, live at the monastery and assist at the affiliated Holy Cross School, founded by the brothers to provide education to the children of local farm workers. Produced by Matthew Davies

Keri Geiger from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has decided to do something bold and daring. She's left behind her steady job on a labor ward in Richmond to bring her nursing skills to a poverty-stricken community in South Africa. She is spending one year as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer, working with the Overstrand Care Centre in Hawston. Her placement is a partnership between the Episcopal Church and HOPE Africa, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa's social development arm. Produced by Matthew Davies

Katie Webb from the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is spending a year as a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer, working in the provincial archives of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. As an archivist, Katie is responsible for keeping the Anglican Church's history alive and making sure important records are safely and accurately preserved for future generations. Produced By Matthew Davies

Hannah Perls is an Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps missionary serving in San Salvador with Foundation Cristosal, a human rights-based community development organization with roots in the Anglican and Episcopal churches. Here she reflects on serving as an election observer in the Feb. 2 presidential elections in El Salvador.