At our YMCA, we lift up the “C” every day.

You’ll find a Bible in our lobbies. Our meetings, summer camp days, and youth sports events begin in prayer. We include weekly motivational posts on our social media and a Chaplain’s Corner in every monthly newsletter. Contemporary Christian is included in our music rotation. 

We honor our organization’s roots as a Bible study and remain committed to our Christian values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility amid a world so often in turmoil. 

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Meet Our Chaplains

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Karlis Burton

Lead Pastor, Family Dinners Church
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Tim Fox

Lead Pastor, Jubilee Church
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Shaun Pillay

Associate Pastor, Olive Baptist Church
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Angela Stephens

Lead Pastor, Pace New Faith Church of the Nazarene
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Brian Stocks

Pastor, Wellspring

Visit this page regularly for our rotating guest columns focusing on faith in real life.

Are we putting on Christ?

guest column by Chaplain Brian Stephens

I have noticed that there is a spectrum of sports fans within the YMCA: Roll Tide, Gators, FSU, Auburn . . . the list continues. Who is your favorite team? Do you sport their colors, buy various items bearing their name, and wear clothing trumpeting for whom you cheer? You can tell a lot about a person by the way they dress. It often informs us about that individual without them having to speak a word. Conservative, or more liberal; traditional, or progressive; casual, or business? We communicate through our covering; and of course, we are always careful to dress before we leave the privacy of our home.

Unfortunately, I sometimes meet followers of Jesus who have forgotten to dress themselves. Yes, they are living their lives seemingly unaware of their nakedness. What do I mean by that bold statement? You see, the Bible instructs us in Galatians 3:27: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ like a garment.” Put on, he said; like a garment. Christ covers us when we accept Him as our savior. The apostle Paul taught in Colossians 3:9: “… you have put off the old self, with its practices, and have put on the new self.” That new self is the one covered by – clothed in – Jesus. But we have the choice each day whether to dress in Jesus or not. Romans 13:14 exhorts us: “But put on the Lord Jesus …” It is our choice.

I want to encourage you to purposely begin your day by dressing in Jesus. Purposely choose to follow His example, to behave more like Him, and to learn to think more like Him. How different the world of today would appear if the followers of Jesus cheered for Team Jesus!