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

  • For general inquiries, please call our main office at (615) 430-9583 
  • For specific questions, please see the staff directory below

Meet our Staff

  • Ron Shepherd

    Executive Director

    (615) 430-9583

    [email protected]

    Ron joined Y.F.C. in April of 2011 as a member on the Board of Director team. In June he accepted the role of Executive Director for the organization. He is a full time volunteer with us and he has a passion to see people of all ages become disciples of Jesus Christ. Prior to joining Y.F.C. he served as a Executive with McDonald's Corporation for 35 years. He served in many different positions throughout his career. He was involved in Operations, Training and Development, Human Resources, and Real Estate roles.
    He became a "born again" Christian in 1993 and immediately sensed that God was calling him to do international mission work. He and his family lived and served in the former Soviet Union for a year, Toronto, Canada for a year and half and he's done a number of short term mission trips to places like Africa and Iraq. He has been married to his High School sweetheart for 32 years and has three children that all reside in the Nashville area. 
  • Melissa Sheridan

     ParPPaParent lPPParent Life Director

    Melissa Sheridan joined Y.F.C in February of 2012 as Campus Life/City Life Coordinator, assisting with Y.F.C Teen Moms. She is a humanitarian at heart, with a strong desire to serve others. She is excited to be part of the Youth For Christ family because of her deep passion to share Christ with others and compassion for the broken.

    She is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University and has served as the Assistant Director in both youth and senior citizen programming. She is currently involved in her local community through Donelson Hermitage Leadership and serves on the worship team and women’s ministry at Lakeshore Christian Church.

    She is married to her best friend Andy Sheridan and they live in the Nashville area with their dog Minnie Mouse and their adopted family Wendy, daughter Kylie, and dog Ozzy.  

  • Jeff Shicks

    Campus Life Director

    Jeff Shicks has over 30 years of experience as a pastor to youth. His first ministry was 12 years at Sunbury Christian Church in Sunbury Ohio, then 14 years at First Christian Church in Fort Myers, Florida until he and his family moved to the Nashville area in July of 2009. 

    Jeff has served with Nashville YFC since July 2009 as a director of City Life, Campus Life and JJM related ministries.

    His current role with YFC will be in a part time capacity as Jeff also is the High School Youth pastor at Lakeshore Christian Church.  He has also served as a police officer, probation officer, gang specialist/chaplain and youth conference speaker.

    He and his wife, Suzie were high school sweethearts and have been married since 1983 and have two adult children (Melissa & Josh) who are married (Andy & Danielle) and a grand son (Damian) as well.

  • Melanie Oldham

    City Life Director 

    Melanie joined the YFC family in February of 2014. She has a heart for ministering and developing the minds of youth. She is heavily involved in youth activities in the community such as teaching, leading youth and Sunday school classes at Greater Grace Temple Community church.  She is also involved in Bible study, praying with students, street ministry, and prison ministry. She has a strong desire for every student to know Jesus Christ!

    She is engaged to her best friend, Antonio French, and is excited to be married in June, 2014. Her and Antonio have been committed to the mission of Youth for Christ as volunteers long before she was hired on as staff. She is looking forward to watching God work and use her to draw people and students to Christ.

  • Emil Justian

    Juvenile Justice Director

    Because of his passion for teaching the "religious and lost" Emil began his volunteer work with Y.F.C. in 2011. He was hired as a part-time employee in March 2014.

    Emil's life "before Christ" was in Detroit and Boston music scene. After his sons were grown, Emil left his musical professional career as a writer and recording artist and ironically, moved to Nashville Tennessee. After the birth of his daughter, Emily Jo, he accepted Christ and married his best friend, Jo. In 2002 he became the first white minister to be ordained in the Big Harpeth United Primitive Baptist Association. He and Jo then began a home church, Triple Cross. Emil's love for Christ, children and the biblically uneducated has drawn a myriad of people into their home.

  • Tom Gauger

    Sites and Volunteer Director

    Earlier in his career, while working for the William Morris Agency as a talent booking agent, Tom helped launch a startup church and was the worship leader for several years. After marrying his wife Lori, they became involved with bus ministry and volunteered in that capacity for a number of years.

    Tom has served with Nashville YFC since July 2011 as a JJM volunteer, then securing other JJM sites and currently as the sites and volunteer director.

    Tom works with YFC in a part time capacity and is owner of ReelMusicianPro and Impulse Record, known throughout the recording software industry, for his Convology Library sold online at big box stores and is a Grammy considered producer.

    He and his wife, Lori, just recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and have two children, Ryan and Lindsey.