Vision

That all youth and young adults encounter Christ to live out lives of personal and communal holiness.

Mission Statement

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry exists to provide spiritual and professional formation for those who serve youth and young adults.

Mandate for Young Adult Ministry

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry supports parishes, young adult leaders, and young adult ministries by connecting people and organizations, providing training and resources, and facilitating archdiocesan-wide events.

Mandate for Youth Ministry

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry provides and facilitates parish youth ministry formation through training and support of comprehensive youth ministry.

Staff

 

Clayton Imoo

Director

clay@oyyam.com
clay

Clay is married to Gail – the woman of his dreams – and together they have 2 wonderful sons (Sean Isaiah and Jacob Isaac) and a beautiful daughter (Kayla Marie).

Clay graduated from Richmond Senior Secondary School and then obtained his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting from UBC. After a well-documented attempt at obtaining a Chartered Accountancy designation, Clay did some work in human resources and financial planning, all the while serving as a parish youth ministry coordinator at St. Paul Parish in Richmond. After WYD 2002 in Toronto, Clay obtained this current position as Director of the OYYAM, a role he considers his “dream job.”  He loves serving the church and the people in it, and is motivated and inspired by the youth ministry leaders, young adults, and young people he encounters.Clay enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, playing sports, playing naptime, speaking, and writing.  He has spoken at numerous conferences and rallies locally, nationally, and internationally.  He blogs on family, faith and the Vancouver Canucks at www.claytonimoo.com.

Although Clay has serious responsibilities, he doesn’t take himself too seriously.  He realized long time ago that he wasn’t cool, so he doesn’t bother trying to fake it.  Anyone who has seen him dance or try to dress hip can attest to this.

 

 

Gerard Garcia

Consultant for Young Adult Ministry

gerard@oyyam.com

gerardAs a Consultant for Young Adult Ministry, Gerard assists Pastors and Ministry Leaders (Young Adult Ministry, Campus Ministry, World Youth Day, etc.) in developing and supporting a ministry that connects young adults to Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith including service to the local and greater community. He also coordinates archdiocesan-wide events for young adults, chairs the Commission for Young Adult Ministry, networks with various organizations and meets young adults where they’re at.  He has served on a number of archdiocesan committees and boards, attended three previous World Youth Days (2002, 2008, 2011) and also serves in ministry at his parish.  He first became active in ministry at St. Paul Parish in Richmond in 1993 and has then served as Parish Youth Ministry Coordinator at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Burnaby and St. Mary’s Parish in Vancouver.  He started in youth ministry for the Archdiocese of Vancouver in 1999, but now loves working full-time in young adult ministry.

Gerard is married to Carolyn and has four children; three boys and one girl. He is passionate about his faith and ministry and hopes to bring the love and joy of the Lord to all he encounters.

 

 

Erwin Fung

Consultant for Youth Ministry

erwin@oyyam.com

erwinErwin comes to us from his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. Erwin first joined the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OYYAM) in April 2013.

As a convert at a very young age, faith has always been an important part of his life. He spent most of his formative years in the Edmonton catholic school system and at his home parish of Mary Help of Christians Chinese Catholic Parish (Edmonton). After being baptized, Erwin had always been close to youth ministry through Sunday School, the Adolescence Group, Young Adults’ Group, and various other groups and initiatives at his parish or with the Archdiocese of Edmonton. Mary Help of Christians Chinese Catholic Parish was founded by the Salesians, and he credits the work and efforts of the Salesian order in Edmonton for his passion for youth formation and advocacy.

Another formative experience has been the World Youth Days. He has been to four (4): Paris (1997), Toronto (2002), Cologne (2005), and Sydney (2008). Youth and young adult ministry has always been an important part of his life and passion.

He has been involved in youth ministry as a leader for over 13 years. Over the last 5 years, he has elevated this involvement as he became involved with the Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers (WCACYM). He has served as Secretary on the Core Team, and is currently the Vice-Chair for WCACYM. He has also taken courses through the Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies (CCYMS) focusing on the Comprehensive Framework of Youth Ministry and Newman Theological College (Edmonton) to increase his proficiency in youth ministry and foundations of the Catholic faith.

He has also spent much time helping the Archdiocese of Edmonton in youth and young adult ministry initiatives, and in recent years with other diocesan initiatives like their Jubilee 100 Committee and Safe Environments & Abuse Prevention Program (Called to Protect™ training program).

Erwin looks forward to many new adventures on his journey of faith and is happy to be here working and living in Vancouver.

 

 

Faye McCreedy

Administrative Assistant

faye@oyyam.com

fayeFaye commutes in from the Fraser Valley West deanery and has been an active Catholic since birth. She is first and foremost a wife to Sean and a mother to Nicole, James and Nathan. Together they spend time building with Lego talking about youth events, dreaming about owning and operating a super-duper Catholic conference centre, and just generally spending time doing various things at their home parish, Immaculate Conception in Delta. She is also the part-time Youth Ministry Coordinator at IC. Faye is the full time Administrative Assistant at the OYYAM. She graduated in 1998 from the University of Victoria where she got her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Leisure Services Administration (Yes, that’s for real). The “Leisure” part means she knows the history and science behind the use of leisure time; the “Services” part suggests she does stuff for others; the “Administration” part got her this job.

 

 


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