Making Disciples Inside & Outside of Detention



WE ARE a partnership of churches, organizations, and individuals who provide Christian chaplaincy, post-release care and mentoring for youth incarcerated in King County, Washington. We work with youth in the Juvenile Detention Center and those who have been sent to treatment centers, group homes and state facilities like Echo Glen, Naselle and Green Hill.


O U R   S T O R Y



After a sharp increase in youth violence in our community in 2008, local Christian leaders in and around South Seattle gathered to pray and discern steps of action. This group felt a definite sense of urgency as too many of our young people were dying. Soon after, the organization who had been providing chaplaincy services in the youth detention center, decided to withdraw their direct services and approached our group of leaders to see if there could be some type of hand off.


In 2009, King County Youth Chaplaincy (KCYC) began our mission to reach youth who have been incarcerated with the love of Christ. Ministry leaders gathered to support KCYC's vision with a governing board. KCYC also became a "strategic initiative" of Urban Impact (a community development organization with the similar focus on youth development and breaking cycles of poverty in the Seattle area). With much community support, teams of believers went into the youth detention center with a simple message of forgiveness and hope.

King County Youth Chaplaincy is a strategic initiative of Urban Impact. Click Here to learn more about Urban Impact 




Since 2009, KCYC has been ministering in the King County Juvenile Detention Center through chapel services, one-on-one chaplaincy with youth in the center and supporting the young people through their journey in the justice process. We have grown from a single half-time staff position split between three people to now having nearly two full-time staff.

As our work in juvy has continued, we have learned that the scope of need for chaplaincy reaches far beyond juvy. So we have extended our mission to the long-term state youth facilities, group homes and treatment centers where some of our youth are sent. We are also continuing to grow into the post-release portion of the mission by extending our network of ministries, church partners and social service partners to continue to support our youth in their walk of faith and journey toward lasting success.




Present to all youth incarcerated in the King County Juvenile Detention Center an opportunity to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Provide Christian chaplaincy and pastoral services to youth in the Detention Center.

Collaborate with partner churches in providing post-release pastoral services and discipleship to youth and their families.



King County Detention Center

Sunday evening chapel services

1-on-1 chaplaincy and counsel with youth

Distribute bibles, devotional materials

Attend court hearings to support youth


Secondary Facilities

Chapel services

Visit youth we have connected with at the King County facility

1-on-1 chaplaincy and counsel with youth

Distribute bibles and devotional materials


Group Homes & Treatment Centers



Visit youth we have connected with at the King County facility

1-on-1 chaplaincy and counseling

Distribute bibles and devotional materials


Connect youth with mentors

Connect youth to local church and ministry partnerships around King County

Connect youth to local education and social service partnerships around King County

Help youth connect with faith families and service providers in their community

Provide opportunities for Peer Support


O U R   T E A M

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chaplain, ministry director

  • During Jon’s seminary schooling, he felt a call to ministry in urban settings. He got connected to Urban Impact in 2004 as a volunteer and joined their staff on 2005. In 2009, he shifted his role with UI to King County Youth Chaplaincy. “I know God is behind all this because I never thought I would be a chaplain to youth, especially youth who have been incarcerated! But I love this calling and love our youth so much." He lives with his wife and young daughter in South Seattle and worships at Emerald City Bible Fellowship. He misses his hometown—Pearl City, HI—a lot, but is thankful to be in Seattle.



chaplain, associate director

  • Raised in Oakland, California, Scott grew up as a white kid who lived on the wealthy side of town, but was always aware of racial divisions. He didn't know what to do about that until he was in a black studies class at UCLA during the LA riots of 1992, when he saw the brokenness of racism, the teachings of Jesus, and his academic pursuits converge. He promptly changed his major to black studies and launched himself on a journey of learning from peers of color, and finding his place in the mission of Jesus to restore the shalom of God's kingdom. Scott is married to Jenny, and has eleven-year-old twin children.


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Be Like Jesus Ministries

Bellevue Presbyterian Church

Bethany Presbyterian Church

Church by the Side of the Road

Emerald City Bible Fellowship

Lake Burien Presbyterian Church

University Presbyterian Church

Living Hope Christian Fellowship

Rainier Avenue Church

Westside Church



Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission

Community Passageways

Youth for Christ

Urban Impact

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