Our Leadership Team



At YWAM Richmond, we are committed to community. Our staff of 50+ take seriously the YWAM value of creating intentional community. We are from many nations all driven by the desire to Know God and Make Him Known!

Our staff are highly involved in both community life on campus as well as serving in various areas of the city. Staff are involved with many areas in the city, whether it’s working with at the local community center, working with the Civic Association, Richmond Ropes, food bank distribution, teaching English to refugees in the city, and much more!

As a staff we are also very committed to the nations. Every year, we send teams all over the world to share the love of the Jesus in the nations. Recently, we have been sending teams to Brazil, Bolivia, Tanzania, Kenya, Chile, Philippines, Japan and more.

We are always looking for people to join our team at YWAM Richmond! Please fill out this simple application and someone from our team will be contacting you shortly.


Chris & Kara Zinchuck


Base Director

Hailing from Michigan and North Carolina,  God showered Chris with favor in his business career.  By the age of 28 he had managed thousands of people with a well known Fortune 50 Company.    In 2001 God spoke to him to “leave it all” and commit his life to full-time missions.  Since then Chris has championed young spiritual leaders in over 20 nations. 

Kara grew up in a YWAM.  She holds a Bachelors of Science in Urban Studies & a Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Management from VCU.  She is a key community leader in the East End of Richmond Virginia and develops YWAM staff as the Personnel Director for our staff team.  

In 2006 Chris and Kara were married.  Chris became the Director of YWAM VA in 2008 expressing the vision to “Passionately Follow God & Champion Young People.”  Together they love to pastor young spiritual leaders and to pioneer cutting edge ministries with their son who was born in 2014.


Jesse & Madeline Carmichael


Outreach & Ministires Director

Jesse Carmichael grew up in coastal Virginia in Hampton. He finished college with degrees in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies. In 2012, Jesse came to volunteer with the ropes course and do the Discipleship Training School and has been here ever since. Jesse has a passion and a gifting for teaching and equipping young people to fulfill the Great Commission. God has laid the inner cities of the United States and the nation of Brazil on his heart to pray for and minister to.
Madeline Carmichael is from the Seattle area in Washington state. In 2012, she came to do a Discipleship Training School here in Richmond, VA and came on staff with Jesse after they were married in 2013. Since then, she has been serving here with a passion and a desire for visual arts and seeing people, mainly women and girls, come into the knowledge of who God designed them to be and how He has equipped them individually to do great things.
The Carmichaels are happy to serve the Lord in missions in Richmond and globally with the vision of helping people grab a hold of all that God has for them.


 Dan & Lillian Macpherson


Community Life Director


The Macpherson’s bio coming soon!


Sam & Rachel Kitay


Training Director

Originally from Fresno, California, Sam has been serving with YWAM Richmond since 2103. Sam is passionate about teaching and discipleship, and using sports as a means to reach the lost. His vision is to train and release young people into missions. Sam serves on our base leadership team as well as Training Director.

Rachel is from Lancaster, PA. She joined the YWAM Richmond team in 2014. Rachel enjoys connecting with and discipling young women, and helping them to discern their calling in God. She is a gifted artist and loves to use art and creativity to love express God’s love and beauty.

Sam and Rachel have a commitment to Asia, and have been sending teams regularly to Japan and the Philippines. They have a heart to see Japanese come to into a relationship with Jesus, and live out their God-given identities.

They married in April 2017, and enjoy many of the amazing activities Richmond has to offer. They enjoy eating at local restaurants, drinking good coffee, playing sports, and other outdoor activity. Sam is also a devoted Houston Astros fan.