YWAM Vancouver’s Journey Through Time


YWAM began in Vancouver in 1972 when Uli Korstch pioneered a new YWAM work on the West Coast of Canada. From 1975 to 1980, the Dilaram House was the YWAM expression at the time ministering to back packers, hippies, and world travelers from all backgrounds and nations. YWAM’s presence continued to take shape and deepen throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s. In the early 2000s, we began to offer DTS’s to young people who were hungry to know more about God.


YWAM Nexia began in the early 2000’s. YWAM Nexia was a ministry with a vision to reawaken the pioneering spirit of Canadian young people. After more than ten years of ministry in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland area, God began nudging YWAM Nexia towards YWAM Vancouver. After much discussion and prayer, YWAM Vancouver and YWAM Nexia agreed that God was calling us to join to become one unique YWAM community and to move forward with purpose and clarity of calling. The merger was completed in 2013 and a brand new YWAM Vancouver was birthed.

Today, YWAM Vancouver continues to grow and engage in the city. We currently have more than 40 staff. Many of our staff are engaged directly in reaching Vancouver through various ministries from Mission Adventures to running a preschool. Others have a more global focus and often travel to encourage YWAM leaders around the world. We also proudly run two DTS’s and two secondary schools, the School of Ministry and Leadership Development (SOMLD) and the Chronological School of Biblical Studies (CSBS). We are proud to be YWAM Vancouver and to be a part of God’s heart for this city.


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