Meet Our Staff

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

  • Daniel Sanabria – Executive Director

    Daniel is a born and raised New Yorker who lives in Brooklyn with his family. Daniel brings a wealth of leadership and experience from the youth ministry landscape across New York City. In addition to leading youth ministry networks that impact hundreds of churches across the five boroughs of NYC, he’s also the founder of a youth led prayer initiative called God Belongs in My City. Under his leadership, this initiative has spread to 80 cities across the U.S. and now to other countries around the world. Daniel is excited to lead our YFC team as we launch our initial ministry effort in New York City around Juvenile Justice. He’s excited to leverage his experience in the city and his vast network with local churches to raise up caring volunteers to come alongside kids in tough places before, during and after incarceration. Daniel has his B.A from King’s College in Business and Marketing and has been in full-time ministry for 15 years. [email protected]

  • Angel Maldonado – Community Engagement Coordinator

    Growing up in Brooklyn, Angel faced multiple challenges, including the loss of his Father which emotionally scarred him and catapulted him into a life of violence, gang affiliation and drug addiction. His desire for guidance and true friendship led him to a life in Christ and allowed him to recognize a need in his community and he became passionate about helping to develop teens and young adults and realize their purpose in Jesus and in their community. Since then, Angel has become actively involved in project planning and programming for community engagement organizations and even the New York City Mayor’s office. Angel has defied odds his entire life and is dedicated to serve his city's youth to ensure that they do the same. [email protected]

  • Phillip Vellon - Juvenile Justice Ministry Director

    Phillip is a native New Yorker who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Karina. Phil joins the YFC NYC team after 5 years as a Programs Coordinator for the Garden of Dreams Foundation at Madison Square Garden. While growing up in Brooklyn and seeing most of his friends get into trouble with the law, Phil developed a passion to serve young people all around the city who are hurting and help lead them to a life in Christ. He has worked in Youth Ministry for 8 years and is thrilled to be answering the call on his life to work in full time ministry and be there not for, but with kids before, during and after incarceration who are hurting.