Houston YFC Staff

We are blessed to have a dedicated and growing team of staff who are passionate about serving our local youth.

  Jonathan Frost, Executive Director for Youth For Christ Houston

Jonathan moved to Houston in 2001 after joining the Houston Texans marketing team as the Mascot Coordinator. In that position, Jonathan was responsible for all marketing, business development, staffing, game day creative efforts, and program development for his department and was eventually promoted to Mascot Program Manager. He also performed as the team’s mascot, TORO, throughout his tenure. During his time with the team, Jonathan wrote and created three educational school programs that were seen by over 50,000 students at more than 130 schools annually.  As this position required him to be in the community a majority of the time, he made many lasting relationships with individuals, organizations, churches, and schools across our city. Jonathan developed a deep love and loyalty for the city of Houston and its people and is now incredibly proud to call this city his home. After fourteen years with the Houston Texans, Jonathan retired from the sports industry to spend more time with his wife and two young children. He had long felt a call to ministry but was unsure where that would lead. However, through prayer and faith Jonathan was eventually led to Youth For Christ Houston. He now brings all of the enthusiasm he has for young people, the wonderful relationships and experiences from his past career, and his passionate love for Jesus with him to lead the team of Youth For Christ Houston. 


Barrell Richardson, Director of Juvenile Justice for Youth For Christ Houston

Barrell has been faithfully serving incarcerated youth in Houston and Galveston for the last 16 years and he’s now leading our expanded efforts at reaching kids in juvenile detention with Youth For Christ. Under his capable leadership we currently serve hundreds of incarcerated kids in six detention facilities across the greater Houston area with facility chaplaincy, programming and after-care mentoring. Our after-care mentoring component is a significant piece of our ministry to kids after release. When this post-release mentoring relationship is in place, kids are far less likely to reoffend and they are far more likely to begin a positive trajectory with their lives. 


Kayla Upton, Community Engagement Coordinator for Youth For Christ Houston 

Kayla has lived in the Houston area her entire life and has a special place in her heart for this city and its people. After attending the University of Houston, she worked as a marketing manager for TruStar, Inc. After many years of working in the business world, Kayla felt God’s pull toward the non-profit community. She whole heartedly accepted God’s call to serve His people. Today, Kayla is focusing on abiding in Christ, in order to engage her community in the beautiful mission and service of Youth For Christ. She most looks forward to ministering to the hearts and minds of the many youth she gets the opportunity to know by sharing Christ’s message of steadfast love and abounding grace.