YWAM PITTSBURGH exists to know God and make Him known.

this dna is what inspires us to reach the neighborhoods, nations + next generation.



Youth With A Mission Pittsburgh was founded in 2001 by Doug and Debra Tunney. They dreamed of an opportunity for the church of Pittsburgh to be prepared for and mobilized towards the mission field. Their vision was to reach the world for Christ by equipping believers with a relevant message and an effective tool set. YWAM Pittsburgh has since developed into a movement of missionaries passionate to see God’s desire for all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

In 2006, God moved the Tunneys and 4 of our staff to Boston to pioneer YWAM there. Their work continues to thrive.

Back at our operating base in Belle Vernon, 45 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, we continued to reach out to our neighborhoods and disciple youth in missions. In 2011, God made a way for YWAM Pittsburgh to move into the South Side of Pittsburgh, minutes from the heart of the city. This opened up many doors for refugee and urban ministries, amidst our other continuous programs. We were graciously allowed to rent the 3rd floor of an old monastery where we lived and worked for 5 years.

In 2016, through the generous support of friends, family and local churches and businesses, we purchased our very own Ministry Center in Carrick, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh, a strategic location. This new location allowed for growth of our refugee “Kidz Club”, and our open gym basketball and Bible study in the West End of Pittsburgh. It also kickstarted new ministries: a West End Girl’s Group, a Carrick after-school program and “Kidz Club”, as well as small group discipleship for refugee teenagers focussed on developing ongoing relationships while teaching foundational Christian truths.

In the beginning of 2018, we bought an apartment building less than a mile down the road from our Ministry Center. This building houses some of our staff, our Discipleship Training School students, and the volunteers in our Joshua Generation and Mission Adventures programs.

We are looking forward to what God has next for us as we partner with him in reaching our world around us.



Fulfilling the Great Commission by reaching the lost, discipling believers, and mobilizing the church.



To reach every nation, tribe, and tongue with the gospel in Pittsburgh and to the ends of the Earth.



  • Relationships

  • Integrity

  • Evangelism

  • Discipleship

  • Worship

  • The Church