Rydbergs Announce Retirement


Press Release

Contact: Terry Swenson
Vice President, Communications

Colorado Springs, CO -- Young Life President, Denny Rydberg, has announced plans to retire, effective September 2016. In a letter to staff, voluntee​rs and donors, Rydberg expressed the gratitude he and his wife, Marilyn, feel for the privilege of leading Young Life for more than twenty two years. While the decision to leave their position was difficult, said Rydberg, he also stressed a conviction that the timing is right and that the best years of Young Life lie ahead. The Young Life Board of Trustees has retained a search firm to assist with this transition and hopes to name Rydberg’s successor in April 2016.

Young Life board member Curtis McWilliams, chairman of the board committee responsible for selecting a new president said, “The Young Life Board, along with the staff, volunteers and many supporters of the mission, enters this time of transition with a profound sense of gratitude for leadership of Denny and Marilyn Rydberg over the last twenty two years. They have overseen a period of unprecedented growth and impact on the lives of kids worldwide. As we begin the search for a successor, we are committed to a prayer-filled and thoughtful process to ensure a smooth passing of the baton as we continue the race set before us: introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.”

Young Life is a worldwide organization for middle, high school and college students. Our staff and volunteers enter the world of kids, focusing on what matters to them — fun, adventure and friendship. In doing so, we earn the privilege of talking to them about something that we think matters most of all — the truth about God and His love for us. Founded in 1941, Young Life has more than 4,000 staff and 60,000 volunteers and is active in more than 90 countries reaching more than one million kids annually. Young Life leaders bring more than 200,000 kids each year to one of our 32 camping properties worldwide.

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