JP & Ely Longeron2020-11-27T12:25:55+00:00
JP & Ely Longeron

JP & Ely Longeron

National Director - Târgu Mureș

JP (Jean-Philippe) is French and his wife Ely (Elisabeta) is Romanian. They have three sons: Nathan, Elias and Joel. They have served with YFC Romania since 2011. 

Their passion is to inspire, train and release Romanian youth workers to share the Gospel in Romania. More info at:

Eric (Myung Soo) Merchie2020-11-27T12:29:08+00:00

Eric (Myung Soo) Merchie

YFC Romania founder & Board Vice-President - Poarta Oilor, Gârbova

Myung Soo was born in Korea and adopted at the age of five by a family in Belgium. He found faith in Jesus Christ when he was 17 and decided to visit Romania in 1992. In 1997 Myung Soo officially pioneered YFC in Romania. He has remained involved in YFC Romania ever since (as National Director, later Board Chair, then YFC leader in Arad and currently a YFC leader in Gârbova). More info at:

Ștefan & Emilia Grancea2020-11-27T12:28:08+00:00
Ștefan & Emilia Grancea

Ștefan & Emilia Grancea

YFC Leaders - Augustin (Brașov)

Ștefan and Emilia work in different villages close to Brașov (Augustin and Ormeniș) among the Roma community and have three children: Matei, Seth and Abigail. They are called by God to work with kids and teens at risk in a poor area where kids are inadequately loved and educated. Their personal testimony and encounter with God helped them understand the pain that some of these teens go through, which is why they are committed to do whatever it takes to share the Gospel to these kids.

Zoltán & Csilla Schuller2020-11-27T12:31:10+00:00

Zoltán & Csilla Schuller

YFC Leaders - Târgu Mureș

Zoli and Csilla Schuller have three children: Abigél, Dániel and Naomi. Zoli was raised in a non-Christian family. While he was in the army, God called out to him through a fellow believing soldier. After receiving Christ in his life, he began to serve as a youth leader and met his future wife, Csilla.

After they got married, they continued to serve together as youth leaders, according to their calling from God. They are now both serving full time with YFC Romania. “We like to serve God in full time mission among young people, because we strongly believe that they need to know Christ and have Him influence their lives.”

Sorin & Mihaela Mihalache2020-11-27T12:31:51+00:00
Sorin & Mihaela Mihalache

Sorin & Mihaela Mihalache

YFC Leaders & "The Kingdom" Festival organizers - Brătășanca (Ploiești)

Sorin and Mihaela have one daughter: Miriam. In 2010 they started a festival to share the Gospel through music. After many years of running the festival, it has now evolved from Youth Music Fest to “The Kingdom” ( 


They both serve at their local church in Brătășanca and lead various evangelistic programs for kids, girls and youth in general. Sorin also runs music classes.

Mark & Adrianna Brown2020-11-27T12:35:16+00:00

Mark & Adrianna Brown

Missionaries - Brătășanca (Ploiești)

Mark and his wife Adrianna are missionaries from Australia. It was at their local youth group when Mark and Adrianna found their passion for working with youth. God put on their hearts to serve in Romania as Mark was a missionary kid here from 1997 until 2006. They both have a strong desire to share the Gospel with children of all ages.

Jenő & Emese Nagy2020-11-27T12:33:12+00:00
Jenő & Emese Nagy

Jenő & Emese Nagy

Construction Manager & Director Assistant - Târgu Mureș

Jenci and Emese are both Hungarians born in Romania. Their home in Livezeni, near Târgu Mureș, is full of life thanks to their daughter Éva and the many visitors they host.

‘Dream Guesthouse’ is a ministry where they accommodate guests free-of-charge:

Jenci and Emese have a heart for unity among Christian believers and wish to facilitate the Kingdom in all they do using their experience in the ministry field.

David & Rebeca Clinkscales2020-11-27T12:28:05+00:00

David & Rebeca Clinkscales

YFC Leaders - Slatina

David and Rebeca have been in church and youth ministry for decades, serving God in different churches, locations and cultures. By God’s amazing grace, their ministry journey has led them to YFC Romania in Slatina and they are passionate about seeing youth come to know Christ.

Since August 2018 they’ve lived in Slatina and served with Grace Church to reach youth and families for Christ. God has placed in them a special love for their youth and co-laborers. They are reaching out to youth from 6 to 18 years old through English classes, youth clubs, camps and many more. If you would like to learn more about their work, see what they’re doing, you can contact them through their website:

Thomas & Coralie Gyger2020-11-27T12:24:26+00:00
Thomas & Coralie Gyger

Thomas & Coralie Gyger

Managers of Poarta Oilor - Poarta Oilor, Gârbova

Thomas is an engineer and Coralie is a trade employee. They are Swiss and have two children: Yana and Ilan. They decided to leave their country and their comfort to follow God’s calling to join YFC Romania in Spring 2020 and manage the Poarta Oilor center.

Coralie has known the village of Gârbova since her childhood as her parents collaborated with a local humanitarian association in the village. She loves praying with people about their daily challenges and situations, witnessing what God produces in people’s lives. Thomas is passionate about mountain biking, trekking and has a heart for music and worship.

Elie & Evelyne Dufour2020-11-27T12:21:42+00:00

Elie & Evelyne Dufour

Pastoral Care

For 15 years Elie and Evelyne served as missionaries in Africa. Elie worked in administration and Evelyn in discipleship and serving as a nurse. They then moved back to France where they pastored a church for 15 years and then managed a Christian home for students in Marseille for another 6 years. Since their retirement, they have collaborated with YFC France and with YFC Romania starting in 2019. Elie and Evelyne have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Adi Ognean2021-10-19T13:14:19+00:00
Adi Ognean

Adi Ognean

Administrative assistant - Târgu Mureș

Adi has been part of our staff for a while and he works as an assistant for the teams that serve in the field. He helps JP (Jean-Philippe) for things that involve documents, the administration part and other operations. He is involved in a church in Targu Mures where he serves there by the gift of God. With the help of the Lord, he’s leading a Bible study group for willing Christians. He is eager to see dedicated disciples of our Lord Jesus and as many Christians as possible who will become spiritual parents for the present or next generation.

Agathe Mauler2021-10-19T13:19:38+00:00

Agathe Mauler

Missionary - Augustin

My name is Agathe and I am French. I feel that the Lord is calling me to serve him to young people and children.

In 2015 I discovered the mission in Romania. During my school and study years I served the Lord in France through my group of young people, and I coordinated Christian events in France and also in Romania through the “French-speaking missionary weeks”.

After working for some time as a caretaker for the elderly, God called me to serve Him full-time on the mission in Romania.

I like to meet people and discover their cultures, their passions. I like to take time with people to listen and pray with and for them.

Since March 2021, I am in Augustin where I team up with Stefan and Emilia to serve God and help them within the ministry they have with the youth.

Daniel Budai2021-10-19T13:23:00+00:00
Daniel Budai

Daniel Budai

YFC Leader - Oradea

Daniel currently lives in Oradea and attends university there. He likes spending time outdoors, finds winter sports entertaining and likes the spirit of competition on the sports field. He feels called to serve his own generation and that is why he takes part in the youth work in Downtown Baptist Church of Oradea. He finds working with teenagers very engaging and is happy to serve among them.

In his own words: „I see great potential in the young years, so I want to make even better use of my time in serving and I see the opportunity to do this in the ministry of YFC.”

Benji Vanzo2021-10-19T13:26:23+00:00

Benji Vanzo

Missionary - Brătășanca

My name is Benjamin, I’m 20 years old and I am French.

I always liked to share the gospel around me and particularly to kids.

I worked at school as a supervisor when friends from church told me about YFC Romania. I came for a mission trip in Romania for the first time in 2020 and I stayed three months to do the summer camps with YFC Romania and I felt that this is my place. Then YFC Romania asked me to come again but for a longer time. Now I’m in Romania since March 2021 in Brătășanca and I dedicated one year and a half to help Sorin and Mihaela with the youth ministry.

Adalberto & Miranda Hawkins2021-11-13T07:12:31+00:00
Adalberto & Miranda Hawkins

Adalberto & Miranda Hawkins

Support team - Paris

Adalberto and Miranda Hawkins are missionaries in Paris, France. They serve primarily with refugees and victims of sex trafficking. They currently live in community with new believers from a muslim background, disicipling them through every day life.

While they are passionate about sharing the gospel and teaching people to obey Jesus, they desire to equip other missionaries to go and reach the lost.

This is what they hope to bring to the table with YFC Romania. Having already led two french youth teams on mission trips to Romania; they hope to encourage more youth to discover the mission in the coming years and support local missionaries in the field through discipleship and leadership training. In the long term, their goal is to extend their work to anti-human trafficking efforts in Romania.

When they are not serving or working; Adalberto loves spending his time reading theology and skateboarding, and Miranda enjoys cooking and playing with their dog.

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