Northern Youth Programs is a conservative Mennonite para-church organization. Each staff person is a member of his/her home church and an associate member of Northern Youth Programs. We minister inter-denominationally across Canada for mutual benefit. In these inter-denominational ministry relationships, we will remain firm in our own convictions while respecting the convictions of others. We are a Canadian organization with a mix of Canadian and American staff. We minister cross-culturally and operate in the Canadian environment. We are full-time missionaries with a primary interest in achieving Northern Youth Program’s mission and vision.



Northern Youth Programs is governed by a Board of Directors, each of whom has experience working in ministry in Northern Ontario.


NYP Board of Directors

Phil Herschberger, Board Chairman
Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Ken Martin, Board Vice Chairman
Waterloo, Ontario

Titus Lapp, Board Secretary
Freeport, Ohio

Ken Burkholder, Board Treasurer
New Holland, Pennsylvania

Darren Seibel, Board Member at Large
Turbotville, Pennsylvania


NYP Council of Reference

Mervin Bontrager, Middlebury, Indiana

Gary Paul Miller, Hutchinson, Kansas

Merle Burkholder, Sioux Lookout, Ontario

David Gerber, Millbank, Ontario

Howard Lichty, Brunner, Ontario

Howard Kuhns, Arthur, Illinois

Verlynn Yoder, Grove City, Minnesota

Elmer Bartsch, Arborg, Manitoba


Northern Youth Programs was founded in 1967. The objectives were to minister to the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of Aboriginal youth. The programs included schools, camps, retreats, and teaching programs. Various programs have been initiated and others have ceased to operate over the years.