Christian Mission Celebration & Impact Dinner

Christian Mission Celebration & Impact Dinner

Living Out Our Mission

Spend an evening with us as we gather together to celebrate the impact of the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Christian Mission Advancement Committee. As they follow our mission, the Committee strives to see how our organization can make Christian principles practical in our programs. And further their goal to create a culture where people in the YMCA feel strengthened, encouraged and empowered by the services made available to them through our Chaplains. 

We hope you will enjoy the beautiful music of Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson. While we listen to Larry Whittlesey share the importance of Chaplains in the Y as they counsel and equip our staff and volunteers in their efforts to implement the mission—putting Christian principles into practice through seminars and training.


Please RSVP to Kembe Adam at by Friday, Nov. 1.

Keynote Speaker | Larry Whittlesey

Larry Whittlesey has been a longtime pastor and community organizer in the Northwest. Over the past 35 years, Larry has had the privilege of serving in key roles with Promise Keepers, the Luis Palau Association and the US Mission Network. As Executive Director of the US Mission Network, Larry was instrumental in helping YMCAs across the nation recognize and re-emphasize the rich Christian heritage from which they came. 

Musical Guests | Michael Allen Harrison & Julianne Johnson

Michael Allen Harrison delivers music to the heart. His classical contemporary style carves a distinct niche of timeless music that has connected with thousands throughout his three-decade career. Michael is an American composer, songwriter and pianist from Portland, Oregon.

Julianne Johnson is a film/stage actress, songstress extraordinaire, Director of Vocal Music at Portland Community College, and Associate Artistic Director of Stumptown Stages Musical Theatre Company. A two-time 2008 Grammy-nominated artist, she was nominated in the category of Best Contemporary Gospel for the CD and its title song Heavenly Brother: Northwest Gospel Project. The CD was nominated for Best Album, Best Song and Best Art Work.