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. 


Tera Swigart, Community Engagement Coordinator for Youth For Christ Houston 

Tera has worked with high risk youth and youth in the juvenile justice system in different capacities for sixteen years. She began as a mentor at Fort Bend County’s Juvenile Detention Center before being hired to run their Leadership Education Action Program while she earned her degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling. She worked as an addictions counselor in three Harris County juvenile facilities before leaving to focus on her God-given vision, FRUIT. magazine – a magazine designed specifically for at-risk youth. She continues to publish FRUIT. magazine while working with Youth For Christ Houston. As Community Engagement Coordinator, Tera oversees the monthly See The Story parties, social media, marketing, the website, and attends events and meetings to raise awareness of what God is doing through Youth For Christ. She is thrilled to be a part of our mission to transform the lives of at-risk youth in Houston.