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, Colo., 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, Calif.
  • 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

Kent and his lovely bride, Janie, are in their 20th year of wedded bliss, and they have been blessed by God with two fantastic children; Paige and Joel. He graduated from the University of Washington, majoring in Speech Communication. (His parents pray that someday Kent will actually use his degree in some way.) After years of volunteering, Kent joined Young Life staff in Seattle in 1994. After serving in Seattle for six years on staff, Kent and Janie felt God's call to Clackamas, Ore., in 2000 and have been serving the community since. In the fall of 2011, Kent began the transition to special assistant to the President of Young Life, where he can use his God-given gifts to serve Christ and the mission of Young Life.

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 email him or call (971) 506-KENT.

Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker is known for many things. He is husband to his college sweetheart Kerry and father to their three children, Emelia, Eve and Ross. He currently owns Dutch Bros. Coffee in Spokane Wash., is a leadership instructor at Fairchild Air Force Base, serves as an adjunct business professor in Whitworth’s MBA program, and was elected to serve as a State Representative for Spokane in 2008. In addition to all of these things, Kevin is also a former Young Life area director and survivor of the Columbine High School shooting. It was during his time serving as an area director with Young Life that Kevin found himself at Columbine in 1999. He had gone to campus that fateful day to have lunch with a student when the shooting began. As a result of that experience, Kevin began to speak nationally and internationally on leadership and crises and has worked with front-runners in government, business and non-profits. He has also spoke at numerous Young Life banquets and continues to have a passion for reaching out to youth through the ministry of Young Life. If you are interested in having Kevin speak at an upcoming event, you can call (509) 251-1052 or email him for more information.

Bill Paige

Bill Paige is a gifted, passionate speaker whose broad appeal is anchored in a depth of life experience that includes 20 years of police and detective work in and around the New York City metropolitan area. In addition, Bill served 14 years as the associate chaplain at Children's Village, working with emotionally disturbed boys in the city, as well as 16 years of senior leadership in Young Life. Bill currently serves as a special assistant to the president of Young Life. His speaking experience includes:

  • Numerous month-long assignments at Young Life camp properties where he has spoken to thousands of high school kids regarding the basics of the Christian faith.
  • Frequent engagements at chapel services for both National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, including two opportunities to speak at the NFL Pro Bowl.
  • Many motivational talks at high school and college assemblies.
  • Numerous engagements at Young Life fund-raising banquets, leadership training weekends and other Young Life venues.

An ordained minister, Bill brings a wealth of valuable insight in the areas of emotional and behavioral problems among young people and is a certified trainer for "Therapeutic Crisis Intervention." His communication gifts combined with his life experience and honed insight put him in very high demand in this country and around the world as a speaker. Bill is married to Claudia, his wife of more than 40 years. Together, they have two sons, three granddaughters and two grandsons.

Wish to invite Bill to speak at your upcoming event? If so, please contact Amy Heater at (719) 381-1859 for more information.