Young Life Speakers

Shelley Sadler

Shelley Sadler is a gifted speaker, worship leader and program personality who embodies the essence of Young Life style, substance and humor. Shelley has served in the mission of Young Life since 1988 in a variety of roles including area director, regional assistant and special assistant to the president (current). Her warm spirit, personable style, depth of character, wide-range of experience and refreshing creativity make her a treasure in Young Life. Shelley has served on multiple camp assignments as a speaker, program director, work crew boss and head leader. She currently travels the country speaking at Young Life banquets, volunteer training events, weekend camps and retreats. At the same time, she leads a WyldLife club in Denver, CO, where she has lived for more than 30 years.

Shelley's credentials, professional and personal, include:

  • A Master of Theology Degree from Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA.
  • A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Mississippi University for Women.
  • Two years as a middle school and high school math teacher.
  • Came on Young Life staff in 1988.
  • And the cherished honor of being a devoted aunt to eight nieces and nephews.

If you would like Shelley to speak at an upcoming event, you may contact her at 303-472-8142 or by email.

Ash Ashburn

Need a speaker for your next banquet, leadership weekend or family camp? Longtime Young Life veteran (and special assistant to the president) Mike "Ash" Ashburn has performed, spoken, preached, entertained or provided humor in 49 states and more than 50 countries. He has served with Young Life for more than 30 years, and is founder of Gospel Seed Productions. A small sampling of the folks he's performed with and for include Chuck Colson, Tony Evans, Chuck Swindoll, Rick Warren, Franklin Graham, Joe Gibbs and a headlining summer act as the Whittlin' Man at Dollywood. Ash continues to perform at Young Life events around the country and is available full-time to perform at banquets, camps and donor events.

If you are interested in having Ash speak at an upcoming event, you can call 317-538-9472 or email him for more information.


Kent Williams

Since 2011, Kent has been in the position of Senior Mission Specialist (formerly Special Assistant to the President) for the sole purpose of serving the mission of Young Life.

This primarily has consisted of speaking opportunities, namely banquets and fund-raising events. He has also served through speaking at Young Life camps, up to this point, mostly in the Northwest Division.

During the past six years, he has discovered a need for training or coaching younger staff through the entire process of running a Young Life fund-raising event. This has led him from speaking at banquets to coaching areas through running their own banquets. See here for more information on Kent’s banquet coaching.

Kent's speaking and program experience includes:

  • Assignments at Young Life camps where he has shared the gospel to thousands of middle school and high school kids as speaker and program director.
  • Engagements at church services and weekend camps.
  • Opportunities to speak around the world to international students on service projects.
  • Chapel speaker for colleges and private schools.
  • Young Life banquets, leaderships and work crew training.

For more information or to book Kent, please visit his website​, email him or call 971-506-KENT.