Safe and Effective Mentoring For churches and nonprofits

Empowering Christians to become more effective in their Kingdom work through mentoring is the primary objective of CAYM. We equip both established and emerging ministries through our consulting and training services. Our focus is on helping churches and nonprofits develop safe, effective and sustainable mentoring ministries for youth, families and adults. We work with ministry teams in designing, equipping and implementing mentoring programs that fit their vision in their communities. 

We help ministries develop best practices and eliminate the need for you to “re-invent the wheel" as you start or advance your program. For more information, check out our services page and feel free to contact us for more information.

Mentoring is a form of intergenerational ministry that helps Christians impact their world in a way that can influence generations to come. Whether you're working with juvenile offenders, school children or kids in your own congregation, CAYM can guide and equip you to more effectively minister to your community. 

CAYM's statement of faith

Our Team

Peter Vanacore, MSW

Executive Director
Peter has been in the mentoring field since 1981 working with juvenile offenders and children in the Child Protective Service system in New York. He moved to Massachusetts in 1997 where he helped Straight Ahead Ministries develop a national training program. He has been with CAYM since its founding in 2005.

Donnovan Karber

National Field Director
Donnovan began working with youth through Youth Horizons in Wichita, KS in 1995, first` in a group home and then as the manager of their mentoring program. Donnovan attended one of CAYM's first training events. He started helping train other ministries through CAYM in 2007 and joined CAYM's team in 2008.

Juergen Kneifel

Special Projects
Juergen has served with CAYM since 2008. After working with Big Brother Big Sister in Seattle he began a ministry within his own church. Juergen teaches at a Everrett Community College. In 2017, Juergen traveled for CAYM` to Bangladesh to train indigenous church leaders the fundamentals of mentoring.

April Karber

April has been with CAYM since 2016. Although her passion is acting in Shakespearian dramas, she was also a school teacher and Librarian. Because of this background, April brings considerable skills in managing and organizing to our ministry. She spends much of her time now mentoring Noel and Heidi, her daughters.

David Parsons

North Carolina Representative
David serves with CAYM through the North American Missions Board. His focus is on helping churches engage with youth and families in some of the most difficult public housing communities in North Carolina. David's expertise is in mentoring young men through sports and having them volunteer for their communities.

Ken Merrifield

South Central Director
Ken founded the Appalachia Mentoring Project (AMP) which serves children living in the region where Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee meet. Ken continues to support AMP through CAYM while pastoring Living Grace Church in Tyler, TX. Ken and his family lived for ten years in Romania working with HIV positive children.

Our Board of Directors

Tony Tibshirani

Board Chairman

Stuart Epperson

Board Member

John Cragg

Board Treasurer

Michael Karcher

Board Member

Joel Werdell

Board Member

Doug Karber

Board Member

Paul White

Board Member