Meet Our Team

Makoto and Danielle

Makoto and Danielle Butler are the new campus leaders of YWAM Denver. They are passionate about community, young people, and the nations. Danielle did a DTS and a secondary school here at YWAM Denver almost ten years ago and Makoto served at his local church in Colorado as a youth intern for over eight years. When they got married they worked with Circuit Riders for three years championing high school and college students to know God and make Him known. In September 2022 they took up the position to oversee and help run the base and cafe. Their son, Kenzo, has changed their world and they love doing ministry with him. This position is one they hold in great reverence due to the rich history of the base and the excitement they have for the future that YWAM Denver holds.

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Tyler and Haylee

Tyler and Haylee have been doing ministry and missions for over 7 years. In the fall of 2022 they joined staff at YWAM Denver and their hearts are to see young people activated with the Gospel and empowered to do wild things for God. After leading numerous outreaches and seeing hundreds of youth come to know Jesus, their hunger to see a generation flipped upside down has only grown stronger. Even before becoming parents, Tyler and Haylee’s desire has always been to be a father and a mother to those who are in need and to cultivate family wherever they go. Aside from ministry, they love coffee, traveling, playing board games, watching movies, and spending time with their active baby girl Reese. They believe that ministry should be fun and that everyone deserves to have a cringy nickname.

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Anisia

Anisia is passionate about coffee ministry, studying the Bible, and living a life of sharing God's love with people all over the world. She grew up doing missions with YWAM and has had a heart for missions from a young age. She did her DTS and her DBS at YWAM Orlando. During those schools her heart for missions grew even more and in September 2022 God put YWAM Denver on her heart and she decided to join staff. She’s very excited to see what God is going to do with the base and how he is going to change peoples lives here at YWAM Denver.

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Anders and Emma

Anders and Emma joined YWAM Denver at the end of November 2022. They desire to see revival in the younger generation and to see lives transformed because of Jesus. They desire to reflect Jesus in all that they think, say, and do. The fear of the Lord is something they value deeply as a family. They have a heart for the nations and to be a light in their community. Last year they had their first baby and have loved learning more about the Father’s heart through loving their daughter. They enjoy hiking, traveling to new places, seeing new cultures, and beating Makoto in basketball.

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Rosko

Rosko is from Costa Rica. He believes life with the Lord is the biggest adventure! Rosko enjoys Him the most through nature, especially in the coastlines of California, which was the place God touched his heart and marked him for the kingdom. It was there he learned how to share Jesus’ love with junior high and high schoolers through surf ministry. The journey with God continued to a Fire & Fragrance DTS at YWAM Kona where a fire was stirred to know God deeper and live a life out of the overflow of His love! He is devoted to seeing lives transformed through the gospel and to see people living in freedom and fullness of life in Christ. Rosko invites you to dive into the most exciting adventure with the lover of our souls! Pura vida 🤙

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Paula

Paula got saved when she was 15 years old at a Christian camp and then God gave her a heart for missions a few years later. She loves traveling and has done many overseas mission trips. She was also part of the YWAM Kona campus for many years. While there she was staffing counseling schools and other secondary schools. Paula joined the team at YWAM Denver August 2023. She is excited to be part of the YWAM Denver family and to do ministry together. She also wants to train more missionaries to go and reach those who don't know Jesus yet. Her other passions are skiing and hiking. She can't wait to start the new ski season soon.

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Janae

Janae's favorite thing is walking with people on their journey of falling in love with Jesus and pursuing a life with Him. She gets stoked seeing others become aware of the Lord's love for them, ask questions, and experience freedom. Her dream is for people to find the sweet spot of knowledge mixed with passion to know the Lord in a full, pure and exciting way. She loves dad jokes, ice cream, traveling, thunderstorms, sloths, and is always down to meet and talk over a cup of coffee. She did her DTS in Norway and is so excited to be a part of the YWAM Denver family!

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Hannah-Grace

Hannah-Grace is 20 years old and is devoted to see people experience the transformational love of God and the truth of the Simple Gospel. She longs to see people who thought they couldn't be saved, transformed by the Gospel and live their lives abundantly with Jesus. She did her DTS and SOMD in Orlando, FL where she fell in love with Jesus and discipleship to see whole-hearted, committed followers of Jesus rise up and walk in obedience to whatever Jesus asks of them. She is eager to walk with people as they learn how to look more like the Father in the small and mundane moments and help as people learn how to choose Him even when it’s difficult. She enjoys worship, painting, photography, and writing poetry in the secret place!

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Olivia

Olivia is from New Zealand and has a heart for others to see themselves the way the Father does. She longs to see people learn and experience the joy that it is brought from loving and serving the broken, the outcasts, the lost and the sick. Olivia did her DTS and Secondary School in Redding, CA and has been on staff with YWAM ever since. She has lead schools and outreaches and loves seeing students come alive in Jesus and become passionate about what HE is passionate about. Olivia and her husband are eager to get back to the Middle East and continue ministry there. She enjoys being creative, the outdoors, watching the same movies over and over and hosting people at her home.

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Will

Will is from Australia. He is passionate about disciplining and seeing this generation saved. Young people coming into fullness of relationship with Jesus and experiencing his love. He did his DTS in early 2023 where he received a calling and massive heart for missions, young people and the nations. He is now devoted to the cause of seeing Christ’s love transform lives and then the world, the great commission and going to the nations. Will completed a school of Biblical studies. He is very passionate about teaching and learning the Word of God, ending Bible poverty and Bible illiteracy. He enjoys music, all things outdoors and all things sport. Particularly beating Makoto in basketball.

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