Meet Our Team
Nate Landis is President and founder of Urban Youth Collaborative. His passion is to share how Jesus brings hope, healing, and purpose into hurting lives. He is an ordained minister and evangelist in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who speaks often at churches, schools, and conferences.
In 2006, he made the smartest decision of his life and married his best friend, Angela. They have three fun loving and adorable kids: Russell, Rocco, and Allegra.
- B.A. Eastern University, Sociology and Youth Ministry
- M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Urban Ministry Emphasis
- DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative Alumnus, San Diego ‘08
- Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Religion & Ethics
Carlos Nicasio is the new executive director for Urban Youth Collaborative. In this role he will he will equip and mentor youth leaders to empower more students across San Diego County. He has been a youth pastor for over 10 years and has worked as a mentor, leader, and coach with many inner city student ministries. His mission in life is to share his faith and dreams with the marginalized in our communities and inspire success. Carlos has an incredible passion for this generation and is committed to develop student leaders in schools, churches, ministries, and wherever God sends him.
- DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative Graduate
- Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Seminary, Certificate in progress
- B.S. Candidate, Azusa Pacific University, Organizational Leadership
Nancy Alvarez has served at Bethel Church for the past several years and has a passion to awaken a generation to the purpose and plan that God has created for them. Nancy has a desire to see youth empowered to change their city, schools and the nations. Her heart for the Kuna people in the villages of Panama fuels her calling to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
She took step of faith and baptized in October 14, 2012. She believes in the great impact, purpose this generation has and can be to this world through the Love, hope and salvation found in Jesus Christ. She is currently attending Iglesia Bethel Evangelista in National City, she has been mentored by Pastor Carlos Nicasio and his wife Margarita Nicasio. God blessed her with the opportunity to go twice to Panama in the summer of 2014 and 2015 as a missionary and is willing to go wherever God sends her. Nancy has the passion to serve and lead this generation to the feet of Jesus Christ.
Dan Bauch has been involved in youth ministry for over seven years and his passion is to lead others to Christ by sharing the love and hope we have in Jesus Christ with others.
Through discipleship and various speaking engagements he aims to help equip students to live completely sold out for Jesus Christ on their campuses, homes, community, and churches. He hopes to help bridge the gap between broken homes and families, and reconnect them with a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a focus in Human Behavior and Development from University of Phoenix
- Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources in progress at University of Phoenix
Mark Bell is the co-founder of Project 25, an annual community service campaign based on the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25. Since 2009, Project 25 has mobilized junior high and high school students in San Diego County to creatively raise thousands of dollars and donate over 50,000 hours of community service towards projects in their schools, communities, and around the world.
With over 17 years of experience working with churches and non-profits, Mark's passion is to inspire young people to use their gifts and strengths to create the future and make an impact with their lives. A true entrepreneur, Mark recently started OB Beans where he gets to roast quality coffee and invest in local charities near to his heart. Mark also serves on the board of iThinkBIG.org, an international school assembly program based in San Diego.
In 2011, Jason Crawley married his amazing wife Ashley and they have four children. Living in San Diego he serves at New Seasons Church as the Youth Minister/Director and with Spring Valley & El Cajon schools. He prayed for over seven years that God would allow him to support his family through full time ministry. He has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Fresno State where he played football on scholarship. He currently attends Southern California Seminary studying for a Master of Theology. He believes God has called him to youth ministry in this season of his journey and is learning how to delight in Him (Ps.37:4).
Rajed Dacasin works with City Heights and Paradise Hills. There's nothing he loves more than growing "in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 3:18). Rajed is passionate about supporting young people, sharing the Word of God, and building up servant leaders.
His involvement with campus ministry began while he was a student at Morse High School. During his Junior and Senior year, he served as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bible Club. Upon graduating from high school, Rajed began his internship with Urban Youth Collaborative and was brought on staff the following year. Rajed is also a Biblical Studies major at San Diego Christian College and attends International Church of Praise.
John Ferreira is a high school football coach at Crawford High School. He fell in love and married Michelle in May 2013. They moved into the Crawford area to see the lives of students and families transformed by the love and power of Jesus Christ. He is passionate about seeing men of God take the gifts and talents God has given them to see His kingdom advance in every sector of society. He loves physical fitness, sports, and the nations of this world. He has done missionary work in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Thailand, and Ghana Africa. He studied and played football at Azusa Pacific University and went through a nine month discipleship training school called the School of Transformation through All Peoples Church. He is excited to work with Urban Youth Collaborative as it brings opportunity to reach coaches across San Diego and see the lives of students transformed.
John has served in youth ministries for over 12 years: primarily with Royal Rangers, a mentoring program for boys. He has been a telephone evangelism coordinator with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association since 2003. He has been on mission trips and youth outreaches in Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Ireland and Russia. For two years he taught his daughters' elementary school Good News Club, an afterschool Bible Club. He also reaches kids, families and teens at the Child Evangelism Fellowship Bible Story Castle at the San Diego County Fair. John left his secular career, as a sales executive to concentrate full-time on reaching and equipping youth with the love of Christ. He is very active in raising his three girls to become servant leaders. John is happily married to the love of his life, Karin, for 20 years. He is looking forward to mentoring youth with the love of God at detention facilities
Tina Flannery, a Colorado native, taught middle school for 2 years and realized her passion was not teaching prepositions, but rather sharing with students true hope, grace and love found in Jesus.
She has been on staff with San Diego Youth for Christ for 16 years reaching students on the local school campuses. Tina is elated to begin a new adventure by partnering with Urban Youth Collaborative.
It is her strong belief that TOGETHER we can reach more students for the KINGDOM.
Tina is also on staff at her church leading the middle school ministry. She is married to Russell, a high school teacher, and they have two girls (Anna and Rachel).
Aaron Hultron enjoys working with youth of all ages. He serves on the Junior Church Kids Ministry at Iglesia Bethel Evangelista in National City, CA. He also helps lead the 3DInterns.com that empowers students to lead weekly at school and church with the purpose of helping teens discover, develop, and deploy their talents for the community.
At 23 years of age, he has done missionary work in Mexico and Panama. He strongly believes that Jesus is the answer to transform the education system of America. Aaron lives in National City and loves his church family at his youth group. He is passionate about supporting student leaders who want to make the name of Jesus known in schools, work, churches, parks, malls, skate parks, homes and in people's hearts.
Brent Hyden loves serving the Lord in the heart of the city. Twenty-one years ago he graduated from Howard Payne University and moved into the North Park area of San Diego where he became the Executive Director of Steppin' Out Urban Ministries. Currently, he owns a house in North Park and is married to Amanda, the love of his life, and works full time as the Student Ministries Pastor at New Vision Christian Fellowship. He joined UYC to focus on North Park because he loves working with students in their own environment and supporting them to be leaders in public schools.
Abraham Jimenez is a youth pastor in Chula Vista with FRC (Family Revival Church). He has been pastoring, leading, and mentoring many students in the community for almost 2 years. He attends the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Seminary.
Reaching out to the next generation and empowering them in their calling and gifts is his mission. He is passionate about supporting student leaders who want to make the name of Jesus known in schools, work, churches, parks, malls, skate parks, homes and in people's hearts.
At eighteen, Christopher Melendez was going through a personal and spiritual desert until he fully gave his life to Jesus after a youth retreat. Now he looks forward to transferring to Point Loma Nazarene University to study Theology/Philosophy/Music. He serves for the worship team at Bethel Church San Diego where he loves playing the piano. He feels the Lord spoke to Him though Isaiah 42:6. After prayer and fasting, he resigned his previous position to serve with Urban Youth Collaborative.
Yemima Villagomez has served at Bethel Church for the past several years and has a passion for this generation. About a year ago, she supported students who decided they wanted to start a Bible club at National City Middle School. Then she joined the Army National Guard. The second week of her training she felt the Lord calling her to start a Bible study with her fellow comrades and so she did. She discipled her battle buddies and led them to Christ. Her mission is to lead, disciple, and expand the kingdom of God to empower every student through the word of God, believing in the calling God has set over their lives.
After volunteering for UYC for 5 years, James came on staff to work in South East San Diego in January of 2013.
He is a part-time student at Southern California Seminary, majoring in Biblical Studies and has a huge heart for the youth of the inner-city.
James is 31 years old and has been married to his wife Danielle for 7 years. They have been blessed with two wonderful boys, J’sean and Jyair. His family attends City of Hope International Church.
Chris Young is a San Diego native and an alumni of Patrick Henry High School. He volunteered with UYC before he came on staff and hopes to see it grow in East County. He is married to his wonderful wife Erica. Some interesting facts about Chris include his adoption as a young child, and his love for sports.
Chris works at the Shelter Church in La Mesa where he oversees the children, youth, and administration.
Ashlyn Casper is Urban Youth Collaborative’s administrator and communications coordinator. She currently attends San Diego State University and is working toward a degree in Political Science. Ashlyn was raised in the church and feels blessed to have been able to hear about Christ from a young age. She understands that most people are not given this opportunity, but wants to be able to help get the Gospel to others any and every way possible. She believes that supporting students in their schools is a great start to making Christ more well known!
Debra Jackson is our executive assistant here at UYC. She is a San Diego native and married to her wonderful husband Chris for 23 years. They have four amazing children. She loves that students are sharing the living Word of God in the city that she loves, including the very schools that she attended as a young girl.