Catawba Valley Young Life

Does it matter?

4 out of 5

Young Life participants

consider Young Life and it's leaders to be a significant influence on their faith.


of volunteer leaders and staff with

Young Life would overwhelmingly recommend their leadership experience to a friend.

Debbie Hobart

Area Director
Fun Fact: Has baked over 3,600 dozen chocolate chip cookies in her lifetime!

Debbie Hobart​ is the Area Director and oversees all the ministries (Young Life, Wyldlife, Young Life College) in the area, focusing primarily on Ardnt WyldLife and Saint Stephen's Young Life. This is her 12th year as the AD in Hickory. Prior to that, she was on staff in Tampa, FL where she helped start Wyldlife and led Young Life. She is married to Kirk and has 3 children – Hunter(27 - married to Anna), Austin(25 – married to Morgan) and Kendyl (21). ​

BJ Riley

Associate Area Director
Fun Fact: Has a monthly budget for buying milk!

BJ is the Associate Area Director and oversees Hickory Young Life and Young Life College at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He has been on staff for 5 years, 2 of which have been in Hickory. ​ He was a volunteer leader previous to joining Young Life Staff in Charlotte, NC. He is married to his wife, Amanda for less than 1 year now!

Wynn Pobletts

Staff Associate
Fun Fact: Has hiked over 700 miles on the AT

Wynn is the Staff Associate as well as the Hickory YMCA's Teen Programs Director. ​ She oversees the Hickory WyldLIfe Program and assists with Young Life College. Wynn was a volunteer leader before going on staff in Hickory and in Columbia, MD.


"​ ​ …they (leaders) would show up at the school and attempted to meet my children where they were, created a sense of belonging and fellowship that they desired to be a part of… ​

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