The Center © 2017

The Center Introduction

The story of The Center has its roots in the ministry of Harv Russell at the Christian Youth Center (CYC), located in Joliet Illinois.  As Executive Director of the CYC for approximately 50 years, Harv dedicated his life to reaching young people in the Joliet area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Thousands of lives were transformed as youth attended weekly meetings, summer camps and winter retreats. The youth also served as student leaders, day camp counselors and volunteers in other CYC ministries.

On April 11, 2013, leaders were informed that the Christian Youth Center’s building was being sold and that it was no longer available for their use.  Kelly Corcoran, Rick Abbott and Wayne Downen, all mentored by Harv and alumni of the CYC, became the current Board of Directors (Board).  Lori Ferry, also an alumuns of CYC, joined the Board of Directors later.  Together, a new ministry known as The Center, was formed and incorporated in the state of Illinois as a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation to serve youth in Will County.

Chapter 2 of this story has only just begun.  We are trusting God to provide funding and support and our dream is to have a place of our own. We are getting the word out and building a support network. The Center is dependent on the contributions of our financial partners and those willing to give their time to volunteer and to pray for our ministry. 
Kelly Corcoran, Rick Abbott and Wayne Downen, all mentored by Harv and Alumni of the CYC, are the current Executive leaders of the newly formed entity known as The Center.