Paul & Amy Dematatis

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international, interdenominational missions movement that exists to “know God and make Him known”. This is truly our number one desire!

As a family working with YWAM in Madison, Wisconsin, we are “committed to the discipleship of the nations by equipping leaders to know God and share the truth of His word”. This includes both young  and old, current leaders and future ones, in Madison and beyond!

Paul first came to YWAM Madison in 2008, just weeks after a dramatic conversion experience left him desperate to tell others of the love of Christ. Amy began her YWAM journey in Russia in 2009 eager to know God more and see Him move in the nations. In 2011, Amy came to Madison to take a YWAM course called the Bible School for the Nations (BSN). It was in this course that we first met as students. During the BSN, we each experienced the truth of Scripture in a way that dramatically changed our lives. We both became convinced of how the truth of God’s word is the only way to bring true freedom to individuals and nations (John 8:32).

With this passion for the truth and desire to see God’s love impact others, we both joined full time YWAM Madison staff in 2012. Shortly after, we began dating and then got married in the summer of 2014. In October 2016 we welcomed our first child, a baby girl named Lydia! We praise God for His faithfulness and look forward to continuing our ministry in Madison as a family of three!

Madison is a culturally diverse, socially engaged, beautiful city in need of a Savior. As the capital of Wisconsin and home of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it is a city of great influence in the US and the nations. Our goal is to “influence the influencers” in our city so that they can then go out into all the earth and influence others with the love of Christ! Madison is truly a bridge to the nations!

While the majority of our ministry is based in Madison, we have also loved investing our lives in the nations. As individuals and as a couple, we have been to more than 10 nations with YWAM, many of these multiple times.

Our main ministry focuses include:

  • Bible School for the Nations (BSN)
  • Biblical Education and Leadership Training (BELT)
  • Biblical education for children through a Homeschool Assistance Ministry (HAM)
  • International student ministry

Please contact us if you have interest in knowing more about our ministry!