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

Richard Newswanger, Board Chairman
Myerstown, Pennsylvania

Ken Martin, Board Vice Chairman
Waterloo, Ontario

Titus Lapp, Board Secretary
Freeport, Ohio

Phil Herschberger, Board Treasurer
Holtwood, Pennsylvania

Merle Burkholder, Board Member at Large
Sioux Lookout, Ontario


NYP Council of Reference

Mervin Bontrager, Middlebury, Indiana

Gary Paul Miller, Hutchinson, Kansas

Ken Burkholder, New Holland, Pennsylvania

David Gerber, Millbank, Ontario

Darren Seibel, Turbotville, Pennsylvania

Howard Lichty, Brunner, Ontario

Howard Kuhns, Arthur, Illinois



Northern Youth Programs was founded by Clair and Clara Schnupp 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.