YWAM Port Orchard - From Puget Sound to the World

Youth With A Mission actually began its work in the West Puget Sound area when Ron Boehme, who was raised in Port Orchard, recruited a team of young people in 1975 to do evangelistic work in Holland, England and Scotland.

After establishing YWAM bases in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, in 1989 Ron and Shirley  Boehme (Shirley was a part of the '75 summer outreach--they married in 1976) returned to the Northwest to help Denny Gunderson begin YWAM's first national coordinating office in the Emerald City.

In 1991 Ron and Shirley launched a YWAM  King's Kids ministry in the Port Orchard-Westsound area that  sent thousands of short term missionaries into over twenty nations during the 1990s. Some young people became career missionaries following their short term experience years later. 




In 1994, Youth With A Mission purchased a house at 6831 Arlington Place in southeast Port Orchard to serve as a hub for theiir growing King's Kids work, Gleanings for the Needy food distribution ministry, family counseling and revival projects.

The Arlington home was sold in 2001 with the proceeds being used to start YWAM's first training center in the west Puget Sound area at Discovery Bay Camp. This beautiful thirteen acre property near Port Townsend now offers many YWAM schools and programs for discipleship and global missions. 

During the real estate bubble of the early 21st century, the original YWAM house on Arlington Place was foreclosed upon, and once again YWAM was able to purchase it back for on-going ministry in Port Orchard.  YWAM Port Orchard currently focuses on:

  • Gleanings for the Needy - food distribution in the Name of Jesus.
  • Family counseling ministry (Dr. Lori Smith).
  • Outreach teams to China and Mongolia.
  • Northwest District office.
  • Tribal Bridge - mobilizing native Peoples to minister in their former homelands in Asia.