Penn West Young Life

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Alex Eckard

Area Director

Alex has been on staff with Young Life for 9 years in Mercer County. He has a wonderful wife Nikki, a delightful daughter Eloise, and a fun-loving son, Beau. Before moving to Grove City, Alex attended Bucknell University where he played football and was a volunteer Young Life leader. He grew up in Frederick, Maryland, where he first encountered Young Life as a freshman in High School.

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Phone -​ 240-688-1100

Madeline Jew

Associate Area Director

Madeline started full-time staff in 2021 after graduating from Grove City College. Young Life impacted her life in many ways growing up. She was involved in high school and became a leader in college. She now leads at Lakeview High School and helps mentor & disciple college leaders!

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Phone - 443-718-8891

Missy Crombie

Area Administrator

Missy has lived in the Grove City area for a while with her husband Collin and their two kids, Kira and Sam. She loves serving our community, especially getting to mentor and disciple our college volunteer leaders!

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Phone -​ 724-992-2625

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High school students

We currently have active YL in the following High Schools; Grove City, Mercer, Hickory, Sharon, West Middlesex, Sharpsville, Lakeview and Wilmington.


Middle school students

We currently have active WL in the following Middle Schools; Grove City, Mercer, Hermitage, Sharon



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