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We are excited to share the first words God has given to YWAM Philadelphia about His plan for us!

During a prayer time in Center City, one of our staff received a picture from God.

She saw a group of people surrounded by darkness. About five people in the front of the group held torches that lit their faces and the faces of a few people directly behind them. Because of how dark it was, she could not tell how many people were in the group.

As she prayed about this picture she felt the Lord say that He is raising up an army in Philadelphia and that He is hand-picking each individual.

She also felt like she heard Him say that YWAM Philly will be a sending base and that people will flow through the base here.

We are thrilled to get this word and to see who God will choose for His army here in Philly! We cannot wait to start training and sending people out!

Kayla Baumann is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She is the second of seven kids. She completed her DTS in Pittsburgh, PA in 2009. After DTS, Kayla staffed in Pittsburgh from 2009-2014. While there, she helped with the children's ministry, Joshua Generation, and the refugee ministry. From 2014-2020, Kayla staffed at Village Creek Bible Camp in Iowa, worked at Philadelphia Rock Gyms,  Compass Group, and Sage Dining Services. During those years away from YWAM, she also started writing books, two of which she has published under the name K. A. Baumann. When Kayla heard that YWAM Philadelphia was going to start, she felt God's leading to join the team. 

Kayla loves to work with kids and youth. She is also passionate about team building, leadership, and discipleship as well as making sure that people know that they are seen, heard, and loved.

Courtney Anderson is originally from Minneapolis, MN. She completed her DTS in the Fall of 2006 in Pittsburgh, PA. Courtney staffed in Pittsburgh for 11 years- three of which were spent on the leadership team. She worked mainly with Discipleship Training Schools and Joshua Generation. While in Pittsburgh, she pioneered the first cosmetology DTS which continues to run to this day.

Courtney has a heart to see this generation rise up and reach the lost. Discipleship is her passion. She moved to Philadelphia, PA on August 10, 2020, to be a part of our base and all that God has for it.

Courtney continues to focus on youth and discipleship.