YC Leaders

YC Leaders

  Helen & Brian have been working full-time with CEF in Sligo since 2012.  They have a combined 60+ years of experience of working with youth and children and still find it a rewarding activity !  They have appreciated the help of so many youth leaders over the last number of years and look forward to working with Youth Challenge small groups over the next year.

Hey! My name's Amy, I'm 21 and I'm from Sligo but I've spent the last few years in Belfast doing youth work.  For two years I was part of Team on Mission, a gap year program working with young people and children all across Ireland. For the first year, I traveled around the country and spend time in churches, schools, youth groups, and more!  For the second year, I interned with a church in North Belfast and worked with the young people in the area.  I'm so excited to be home this year to push into the amazing potential Sligo has and work with our young people!


My name is Lexie! I'm married to Cody who's also a youth leader for Youth Challenge.  I was born in Canada but have lived most of my life in Los Angeles, California where Cody and I met serving in the youth department at our church. I've had a lot of different jobs (corporate marketing, flight attendant, nannying, secretary) but by far my favourite has been my time working in youth ministry.

Cody and I are now living in Collooney working with a missions organisation called OM in partnership with Collooney Methodist Church.  Some favourite hobbies of mine are photography, music, theatre and exploring new places!

  Hello, my name is Cody.  I'm 30 years old and I am married to my much better half Lexie who is also one of the leaders of youth challenge.
We both live in Collooney and are currently here in Ireland working with Operation Mobilisation. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in the US. During my time there I have worked with youth for over 11 years as a Youth Pastor, Youth Leader, Camp Counsellor, and Young Adult/University Leader. I was also a musician/audio engineer, video engineer, and live production person (basically just anything to do with live events and concerts) by trade. I love music, the beach/ocean, surfing, skateboarding, photography, and pretty much anything artistic! I am very excited to work with the youth here in Sligo!
  Hi I’m Josh.

I am an Englishman with an Irish wife and have been living in Ireland in Sligo since April 2015. We have three kids – don’t need to say any more! In England I worked for a church as a Youth Pastor and in Ireland I work as a Counsellor/Therapist.

I love music (and coffee). All kinds of music (apart from house…if you know what that is you’re doing good, and dance; not all coffee). I am constantly listening to something or playing something. It’s great that part of my role here is that I head up the worship stuff for Sligo City Church.

Over the previous few years I coordinated the youth programs for our church but have handed that over to Amy whilst she’s here but I help out with that and enjoy doing it. Might be because there’s still a childish part of me that’s knocking around somewhere...

Looking forward to seeing what creative new ways youth ministry is going to look like from now on.